Weekly Wrap-up: Reliance Jio Launch, Airtel Pricing Gimmick, Flipkart PhonePe & More…


First off, Wishing you a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all and like every Monday morning, here is the wrap-up of all the posts published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way to catch-up with all the tech buzz from last week.

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Airtel, the largest telecom service provider in India, has good news for foreign companies who are looking to enter India and do business here. The Delhi-based company has launched a program called ‘India with Airtel’ to provide end-to-end connectivity plans to such companies as they start their businesses.

HDFC Bank is all set to deploy a robot inside one of their branches, thereby introducing automation via robotics into the banking industry. No other Indian bank has ventured into this new technological realm, thereby making HDFC Bank the first one to adapt this new innovation.

Barack Obama led US Government wants more foreign entrepreneurs in their soil and in order to attract more startups and more ideas, they are throwing open their doors for all.

The first installment from the Jodhpur-based company, ChampOne, is called ChampOne C1 Smartphone and will be priced at Rs. 501. The mission of the company remains the same as that of Ringing Bells, to provide affordable technology to every Indian.

Airtel today introduced a ‘Mega Saver Pack’ for mobile prepaid user, which according to them is “Airtel’s latest prepaid Innovation” – in this plan, data users will be able to enjoy 1GB of 4G or 3G for just Rs. 51. Prima facie, these plans should bring about a huge smile on Airtel customers, but that’s not the case.

Snapdeal has launched its own premium service, Snapdeal Gold, that offers all the bells and whistles of Amazon Prime at no extra cost. Any customer who opts to pay through Net Banking, Credit/Debit card, EMI or e-wallet will be eligible for an upgrade to Snapdeal Gold bundle service.

In a confirmation which has shattered all conventions of trust and privacy, WhatsApp has admitted that your contact number would be shared with Facebook, whether you have opted in or opted out. In short, if you are using WhatsApp, then they have the right to share your contact details.

The Reliance Jio sim cards will be available at a cost of Rs 200 and will offer humongous 75GB of 4G data and 4500 minutes of call time. And yes, it will some freebies as well!

Apple has sent out invitations for this year’s Keynote event which everyone is excited for because the new line of iPhones, iPads and Macs is expected to be unveiled at the event.

At a time when various banks are still struggling to create their own UPI based apps for making and accepting payments, India’s biggest ecommerce portal Flipkart has already launched UPI based Payments app called PhonePe.

When we talk about “Retailing” as an industry, which has been existing since a millennia – the rapid evolution of technology has brought in new opportunities into this sector and at the same time it has exposed it to a newer set of challenges which are changing dynamically along with the growth of technology and the rise of customer awareness.

Google’s legacy, Nexus lineup, might not be able to make it much further, if sources are to be believed. The popular Nexus smartphones and the Nexus tablet will, most probably, drop the ‘Nexus’ badge and probably come with a new name.

Taking on this initiative from Airtel, Reliance Jio is launching its own tracker system that will issue information to the public about its network coverage, data speeds and network tower information. This will also aid users in assessing the network coverage and speeds in the user’s area before purchasing the service.

As GST is becoming closer to reality, ecommerce firms are getting desperate to get relief from the inevitable. Yesterday, during a meeting with Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers, ecommerce firms such as Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal pleaded to get exempted from the GST Bill.

After Unified Payment Interface was launched few days back, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), has now launched Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS), as 62 operating units were approved by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) yesterday.

According to a study by Analysys Mason, “India’s current data tariff (based on current average revenue per GB of Rs 228) is significantly higher than that of relevant developed and developing countries, when adjusted for the per-capita incomes to normalize for affordability levels.”

Finally Reliance Jio has been commercially launched and to say that they will disrupt the market will be an understatement. At the Reliance Annual General Meeting (AGM) today, Mukesh Ambani revealed all details that people across the country were waiting for with bated breath.

Probably for the first time in telecom history, Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom firm has promised assured speed of 135 Mbps 4G speed in Mumbai. The rising popularity of Reliance Jio is being seen as the direct trigger which compelled Airtel for this promise.

ATM kiosks, bank branches and Internet banking portals would now be used for prompting users to connect with Aadhaar database, besides, special events would be organized to encourage the same.

After getting profitable in Europe and the Middle East, Foodpanda is going to launch ratings on the basis of hygiene of the restaurant, under the Food Doctor Program. While some restaurant follow the standards and procedures, a lot give it a miss and this creates a bad name for both the restaurant as well as Foodpanda.

Mukesh Ambani is back with a bang with Reliance Jio, and almost the same disruption which has the power to change Indian telecom industry forever. Competitors of Reliance Jio are trembling with fear, and as per market rumors, Bharti Airtel and Idea collectively lost Rs 12,250 crore during the 45 minute speech of Mukesh Ambani.

A new report by Reuters confirms that Google will be axing Project Ara immediately and will not be taking it any further. However, the company can license it to other companies but the probability of that happening is quite low. Google Glass also suffered the same fate, albeit for different reasons.

In a newsletter from Turing, the company has highlighted the launch of a super-phone on steroids called Turing Phone Cadenza that will carry massive specs that no other phone can match. A few months ago we were rolling our eyes at the possible launch of a phone with 8GB of RAM and today another company has done the unthinkable, and the unneeded.

While hearing a plea against WhatsApp, Delhi High Court has found fault in the new policy policy, according to which, users’ private information would be shared with Facebook. Taking a serious note of the issue, Delhi HC has ordered TRAI and DoT to respond by September 14th.

There has been a lot of confusion over Reliance Jio plans and their pricing. Here we bring you all details on various Jio plans and pricing that will help you demystify various pre-paid as well as postpaid plans and their final costs. We will also look at some examples which will make readers understand the end cost.

There are some interesting case studies on the habit of discounts and freebies on consumers, all over the world. It has been observed that discounts form a habit, which is very hard to dislodge from the minds of the consumers.

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