Yes, Prime Member: What Reliance Jio’s Rs 303 Plan Could Mean!

Yes, Prime Member: What Reliance Jio’s Rs 303 Plan Could Mean!

There’s no doubt that Jio has come a long way since its launch on September 5th, barring certain long distance calling issues with Airtel. POI issues are now all but over. The network has started getting back at least some of its speed (which it had seemed to have lost) when the daily data cap was revised from 4 GB […]

 
     
 
 

The Unlimited Mobile Data Era Cometh?

The Unlimited Mobile Data Era Cometh?

Smartphones have come a long way over the years. The smartphones we use today have much more internal storage capacities, better cameras, processors, etc., than the ones just a few years ago. Smartphone displays are much better now in terms of color accuracy and resolution, and processors in today’s smartphones pack more processing power and consume lesser power than their […]

 
     
 
 

Dr Jekyll Becomes Mr Hyde: The Curse of Android

Dr Jekyll Becomes Mr Hyde: The Curse of Android

Few technologies from Silicon Valley have managed to create an impact as big as Android has. Whatever be one’s views on Android (especially versus iOS – what a debate that is!), there’s no denying that with the advent of Android, hundreds of millions of people that earlier had no access to any form of computing device are now in possession […]

 
     
 
 

The Power of Three: Why the Vodafone-Idea Merger is Not a Good Idea, Sirji

The Power of Three: Why the Vodafone-Idea Merger is Not a Good Idea, Sirji

Consolidation has been the theme of the Indian telecom industry for the past few years. It started with Loop trying to sell its Mumbai operations to Airtel but failing to do so because of issues DoT had with Loop customers being transferred to Airtel. The deal with Airtel fell apart but Loop nonetheless packed its bags and left Mumbai as […]

 
     
 
 

Chip and Charge: The Qualcomm-Apple Fracas

Chip and Charge: The Qualcomm-Apple Fracas

Qualcomm is one of the best-known names in the mobile phone industry. The company’s Snapdragon line of chipsets has now become the equivalent of “Intel Inside” for smartphones. Considering the fact that SoC (System on Chip) plays a very important role in smartphones, Qualcomm’s influence amongst component makers far outweighs everyone else’s. The Snapdragon 810 might have been a disaster […]

 
     
 
 

VoLTE Feature Phone: The Final Piece in the Jio Puzzle

VoLTE Feature Phone: The Final Piece in the Jio Puzzle

In an earlier article, I had explained why a Jio VoLTE feature phone made very good strategic sense. I had written the article well before the Jio VoLTE feature phone’s images leaked on the Internet, although news of the phone had leaked by the time it was actually published. Now that the images of the Jio VoLTE feature phone have […]

 
     
 
 

Why a VoLTE Feature Phone Makes Sense for Reliance Jio

Why a VoLTE Feature Phone Makes Sense for Reliance Jio

It has been almost four and a half months since Jio launched its services to the public. According to RIL’s latest Q3 financial report, Jio’s subscriber base has reached 72.4 million as of December 31st, 2016. I’m pretty sure that before their free offer ends on March 31st, 2017, Jio would have more than 100 million SIMs sold. One would […]

 
     
 
 

Four Months of Reliance Jio: Disruption Done, Time to Recalibrate?

Four Months of Reliance Jio: Disruption Done, Time to Recalibrate?

It has been over four months since Jio publicly launched its services in India on September 5, 2016. Initial expectations were that Jio would close its free offer by December 31, 2016, and start charging customers from January 1, 2017. However, in a surprise move, Jio extended its free offer all the way till March 31, 2017. Most of the […]

 
     
 
 

Walking the Line(age): The Demise of CyanogenMod

Walking the Line(age): The Demise of CyanogenMod

When I was new to the Android world, I did not know much about how smartphones worked and the various functions that can be performed using a smartphone. My first smartphone was the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus. The gadget freak in me wanted to know what all a smartphone could do and more. However, being a smartphone that had a […]

 
     
 
 

Has Net Neutrality Been Neutralised in India?

Has Net Neutrality Been Neutralised in India?

It generated a lot of heat and controversy. And a fair bit of confusion as well, with different parties telling different versions. In fact, during the entire Net Neutrality debate, it seemed that while the general public had one definition of Net Neutrality, the regulator, TRAI, had another definition of it. For the general public in India, Net Neutrality meant […]