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RCom offers iPhone 5C for Rs2,599 under two-year contract

RCom is offering unlimited voice calls, SMS and 3G data for a fixed monthly fee of Rs2,599 and Rs2,999 with a two-year contract for buyers of iPhone 5c and 5s

Reliance Communication Ltd (RCom) said it is offering Apple's new iPhone 5c and 5s at Rs2,599 and Rs2,999 per month under a two year contract. There is no down payment for both these handset with 16GB internal memory. This offer includes handset cost, unlimited local and STD calls, SMS’, national roaming and 3G data for 24 months.

 

"Under this unique offer, Apple iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s customers will not receive any usage bill for 24 months, as the monthly payments include all usage charges. Only international calls and international roaming charges will have to be paid for," the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group company said in a release.

 

These types of lock-in offers are more popular in countries other than India, where telecom operators provide iPhone at subsidised rates, but with a contract. RCom is the first company of provide iPhone under such contract.

 

RCom has partnered with select credit card providers, like ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank. The company is also offering special mobile number portability (MNP) facility for corporates besides setting up priority helpline for its subscribers who use Apple mobiles.

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COMMENTS

Jerin Chacko

4 years ago

Though it is a most interesting offer, the entire amount for two years is reflected on the Credit limit of the card holder and monthly payments are raised on the card statement. So it basically serves to restrict the customer from using her card for two whole years because of a laughably low credit limit.

REPLY

Jerin Chacko

In Reply to Jerin Chacko 4 years ago

Perhaps a more profitable option would be to buy the phone itself online or from a good retailer and pay EMI's on your own credit card. Then use your existing SIM card!

Madhu Menon

4 years ago

It's not a "contract" scheme at all. It's just a straight-up credit card EMI scheme. The entire amount gets blocked on your card and you don't get any subsidised price on the phone.

REPLY

MDT

In Reply to Madhu Menon 4 years ago

Thanks for your comment.
It is a two-year contract with RCom, during which the buyer cannot change operator. RCom has roped in credit card providers to cut the risk of non-payment by buyer. Also if you consider the EMI for 24 months, it comes out to be about Rs18000 more than the current market price of iPhone 5c. But thats the price, one has to pay to enjoy unlimited calls, data along with the latest gadget without any downpayment.

Madhu Menon

In Reply to MDT 4 years ago

On the facts first.

You are mistaken about not being able to change operators. Reliance's own FAQ (see Q5) says you can.

http://www.rcom.co.in/iPhone/iPhone5c/fa...

Next, the way "contract" works in USA is that your phone comes at a subsidised cost from the operator for a lock-in for a set time. For instance, it's available at $99 for a two-year lock-in.
http://allthingsd.com/intromessage/

Instead in India, it's being sold at full price and the only real carrot is the 18K for two years of usage from Reliance, which has has its downside as well. If you change operators because of Reliance service, you lose all the money you paid.

This article has a lot more detail.
http://capitalmind.in/2013/11/is-the-rel...

Madhu Menon

In Reply to Madhu Menon 4 years ago

Sorry, that link should've been.

http://allthingsd.com/20130910/apples-ip...

MDT

In Reply to Madhu Menon 4 years ago

Thanks for your comment and valuable inputs. When the article was written, the FAQs were not available. Anyway.
On changing operator, we request you to read the fine print. RCom states: "...you can move to any operator subject to MNP clearance".
This is the key....RCom may even ask the buyer to pay full amount (for MNP clearance) if she choses to go for MNP!
And you are bang on the 'carrot' part!! :-)

How to buy the best mobile this Diwali?

Buying a mobile handset is not rocket science. A little adjustment in the budget and preferences will help you get the best deal, not just this Diwali, but at every shopping opportunity

So you have finally decided to gift yourself a brand new mobile this Diwali. However, with so many offers and thousands of handset models to choose from, you are finding it difficult to zero in on something within your budget that still gives you all the latest features possible. Well, you are at the right place to make your decision.

 

Buying mobile, especially a smart phone, requires a focus on two important things: your budget and the features you consider a 'must-have' in your new mobile. I have used and tested numerous mobiles from all major handset makers, as well as the Chinese manufacturers and I can say with some confidence that if you are willing to make little compromise on price or features you can often get the best deal. For example, if you do not use the camera feature of your mobile very often, then what is the point in wanting to buy a phone with a 13-megapixel camera with full HD recording features? Moreover, pictures taken with a 5MP or 8MP camera are also pretty good, especially for causal photography and keepsakes. 

 

Now, let me tell you something about free offers. These are mostly misleading. A very big player in electronics market offers freebies worth Rs1,000, Rs2,000 and Rs3,000 on the purchase of mobile handsets costing less than Rs10,000, costing between Rs10,001 to Rs20,000 and those above Rs20,000 onwards, respectively. However, you will invariably find that these offers are only on specific handsets, not the one you wish to buy. There are no offers on a Micromax, Karbonn or other domestic mobile handsets in this big shop.

 

Also, don't get lured by the flip cover offer. Two things to remember: the price shown in ads is always on the higher side and the same flip cover can be bought 60-70% cheaper from a small shop or even from roadside stalls. One of my friends was so happy to have bought flip cover at Rs1,100 against the standard quoted price of Rs2,500. However, the same cover is available for as cheap as Rs300 in smaller shops. So, instead, ask the shopkeeper to give you discount of the same amount (most will refuse, though, but someone might be ready).

 

Here are some guidelines that would help you to make a decision.
 

Price range: Rs1,000 to Rs5,000

Features available (depending on brand): Single/double SIM, FM, Camera, Torch

 

Tip: Buy a budget phone not for its 'touch screen' feature but for its simplicity and ease of use. Don’t fall prey for 'budget' smart phone in this price range, as these handsets are mostly very slow and often comes with old operating system without any hope for future updates.

 

Model                                                Estd Price*                  Unique Selling Point (USP)

Basic phone

Model

Price*

Unique Selling Point (USP)

Samsung Guru 1200

Rs1,050

8-hrs talk time, Torch

Nokia 105

Rs1,165

12-hrs talk time, Torch, 3.5mm audio jack

Karbonn K101

Rs950

Dual SIM, Mobile Tracker, Torch

Micromax Bolt X088

Rs1029

Dual SIM, Email, Music, Video, FM (recording)

iBall Aasaan

Rs2,724

Best for senior citizens, but pricey


Feature phone

Model

Price*

Unique Selling Point (USP)

Samsung Metro E2202

Rs2,290

Dual SIM, Email, Music, Video, FM

Nokia 114

Rs2,599

Dual SIM, Email, Music, Video, FM (recording)

Karbonn K75

Rs2,640

Dual SIM, 3.5” touch screen, Music, Video, FM


Smartphone

Model

Price*

Unique Selling Point (USP)

Samsung Galaxy Star

Rs4,599

Dual SIM, Android, Touch screen, Multimedia

Nokia Asha 501

Rs4,649

Dual SIM, 3.2MP, Touch screen, Multimedia

Nokia Asha 210

Rs4,699

Dual SIM, QWERTY keypad, Multimedia, Email

Karbonn Smart A2+

Rs4,650

Dual SIM, Android, 4” Touch screen, Wi-Fi


Price Range: Rs5,001 to Rs10,000

Features available: Touch screen, Single/Dual SIM (dual standby), email, better camera, wide screens

 

Tip: There are some very good and feature-rich phones available in this range. However, buy only if you are a first time user. Don't be under the illusion that bigger screen is better, although. Check the colours, resolution and readability in day-light of all these big screen handsets. Also keep an eye on RAM for Android mobiles. Here bigger is better.

 

Feature phone

Model

Price*

Unique Selling Point (USP)

Nokia 301

Rs5,399

Dual SIM, 3.2MP, Email, Series 40 OS

Samsung Primo S5610

Rs5,500

5MP, Email, Multimedia


Smartphone

Model

Price*

Unique Selling Point (USP)

Karbonn A11+

Rs5,299

Dual SIM, Android 4, 4.7” screen, 3.2MP

Nokia C5-05

Rs6,199

Symbian 9.4, 3.2” screen, 2MP, Multimedia

Byond Phablet PIII

Rs7,425

6” screen, 8MP, Dual SIM, Android 4.1.1

Nokia Lumia 510

Rs7,599

Win 7.5 OS, 4” screen, 5MP, Multimedia

Sony Xperia E

Rs6,999

3.5” screen, 3.2MP, Multimedia, Android 4.1

BlackBerry Curve 8530

Rs8,490

CDMA, 3G, 2MP, QWERTY, 2.5” screen, BB5 OS

Nokia Lumia 520

Rs8,149

4” IPS screen, 5MP, Win 8 OS, HD recording

Karbonn S5 Titanium

Rs9,850

5” qHD IPS, 8MP, 1.2GHz QC, 1GB RAM

Samsung Trend S7392

Rs7,999

4” Touch screen, Android JB, 3MP, Wi-Fi

 

Price Range: Rs10,001 to Rs15,000

Features available: Touch screen, Single/Dual SIM (dual standby), email, better camera, good quality screens, Decent RAM

 

Tip: This range is also suitable for first time users and those who want to go in for second device. Some of the biggies like Samsung, Nokia, Blackberry, HTC and Micromax offer good choice of handsets in this range. Again look for processor power and RAM. A Quad-core processor is better than dual or single core. Also do check internal memory. Although many handset in this range offer 4GB of internal memory, less than or equal to 2GB out of it is available for user.

 

Model

Price*

Unique Selling Point (USP)

XOLO X910

Rs10,400

4.3” qHD IPS, 5MP, 1.6Ghz Intel, 1GB RAM

Nokia Lumia 610

Rs11,199

3.7” screen, 5MP, Win 7.5 OS, micro SIM

Nokia Lumia 710

Rs10,999

3.7” screen, 5MP, Win 7.5 OS, 1.4GHz, 512MB

MM Canvas Doodle A111

Rs10,299

5.3” screen, 8MP-2MP, 1.2Ghz QC, 512MB

HTC A620E 8S

Rs14,799

5MP, Win 8 OS, 4” SLCD, 1GHz DC, Gorilla glass

Samsung Core I8262

Rs13,240

4.3” LCD, 5MP, 1.2Ghz DC, 1GB Ram, 8GB

Blackberry Curve 9320

Rs13,299

3.2MP, BB 7.1 OS, QWERTY, 2.44” screen, 3G


Price Range: Rs15,001 to Rs20,000

Features available: Touch screen, Single/Dual SIM (dual standby), email, better camera, good quality screens, Decent RAM, Dual and Quad core processor

 

Tip: Mobile in this range are advised for experienced users, as there are many features that first time users would not be comfortable to use with. Some of the biggies like Samsung, Nokia, Blackberry, HTC and Micromax offer good choice of handsets in this range. Again look for processor power and RAM. A Quad-core processor is better than dual or single core. Also do check internal memory. Although many handset in this range offer 4GB of internal memory, the user gets only less than or equal to 2GB memory for use. Do check out some of the latest offering from Micromax in this range.

 

Model

Price*

Unique Selling Point (USP)

HTC Desire XC

Rs18,299

5MP, 4” LCD, 1Ghz DC, GSM+CDMA, 768MB

Nokia Lumia 720

Rs17,499

4.3”, 6.7MP, 1GHz DC, Win8 OS, Gorilla glass

Samsung Grand Quattro

Rs15,900

4.7”, 5MP, 1.2Ghz QC, 1GB RAM, Dual SIM

MM Canvas4 A210

Rs17,499

5” LCD, 13-5MP, 1.2Ghz QC, 1GB RAM, 16GB

Sam Glxy Grand Duos

Rs18,130

8MP, 5”, Dual SIM, 1.2Ghz DC, 1GB RAM, 8GB

MM Canvas Turbo A250

Rs19,999

5” Full HD, 13MP, 1.5Ghz QC, 2GB RAM, 16GB


Price Range: Rs20,001 to Rs30,000

Features available: Touch screen, Super AMOLED or HD display, Single/Dual SIM (dual standby), email, very good camera, both main and front, 1GB plus RAM, Quad core processor

 

Tip: This range offers plenty of choices for buyers. There are some of the best, display as well as main cameras available in this range. Also the overall quality of build (aluminium case body for some) is good. All the big names have few bestselling devices in this range. But before buying, look for display quality. Anything below HD and without gorilla glass display is not worth the price. Also, do check the RAM and processor power. Some handsets in this range have non-standard RAM. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and S4 Zoom has 1.5GB RAM while Blackberry Torch 9860 has 768MB RAM.  Also do check internal memory. While many handsets in this price range offer 8GB or more internal memory, some like Blackberry offers only 4GB. Also you can lay hands on Google Nexus and Apple iPhone4 (8GB) in this price range. Give it a try. Many youngsters have shown interest in Google Nexus4 but are awaiting release of its next version.

 

Model

Price*

Unique Selling Point (USP)

Blackberry Q5

Rs24,199

3.1”, QWERTY, BB10.1, 1.2Ghz, 2GB RAM, 8GB

Apple iPhone 4 (8GB)

Rs22,900

5MP, 3.5” DVGA, MS Office, Retina display

Samsung Glxy Mega 5.8

Rs22,900

5.8” qHD, 1.4Ghz DC, 8MP, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB

Nokia Lumia 920

Rs23,999

4.5”, 1.5Ghz DC, 8.7MP, Win8 OS, 1GB RAM

Nexus 4

Rs26,290

1.5Ghz QC, 2GB, 16GB, 8MP, Google core

Samsung Galaxy S3

Rs24,899

1.4Ghz QC, 1GB, 16GB, 4.8”, 8MP-1.9MP

Samsung Glxy S4 Zoom

Rs26,999

16MP, 4.3”, Full HD, 1.5Ghz QC, 1.5GB, 8GB

Nokia Lumia 925

Rs28,999

1.5Ghz DC, 1GB, 16GB, 8.7MP, 4.5”, Win8 OS

Blackberry Z10

Rs27,500

BB10 OS, 8MP, 4.2”, 1.5Ghz, 2GB, 16GB

HTC One X S720E

Rs28,999

4.7”, 8MP, 1.5Ghz, 1GB, 32GB, Full HD R

 

Price Range: Above Rs30,001

Features available: Touch screen, Super AMOLED or Full HD display, Single/Dual SIM (dual standby), email, very good camera, both main and front, 1GB plus RAM, Quad core processor

 

Tip: This range offers the best mobile handsets money can buy. Actually you would feel pampered in this range. All the big handset makers offer their best devices above Rs30,000. There are the best displays as well as main cameras available in this range. Overall build quality (aluminium case body for some) is best in this class. All the big names have their bestselling devices in this range. But before buying, look for display quality. Anything below Full HD (all Apple handsets come with Retina display, so no worries) and without gorilla glass display is not worth the price. Some devices offer Full HD recording as well. Also, do check the RAM and processor power. As far as camera is concerned, 8MP is more than enough for mobile handsets, but then it’s your preference.

 

Model

Price*

Unique Selling Point (USP)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Rs31,500

1.6Ghz QC, 2GB, 16GB, 8MP, 5.55”, S-Pen

Sony Xperia Z

Rs34,990

5” Full HD, 1.5Ghz QC, 2GB RAM, 16GB, 13MP  

Samsung Galaxy S4

Rs40,690

5”, 1.6Ghz QC+1.2Ghz QC, Full HD, 13MP

Sony Xperia Z ultra

Rs41,600

2.2Ghz QC, 2GB, 16GB, 6.4”, Full HD, 8MP

Apple iPhone 5C (16GB)

Rs41,900

iOS7, 4”, 8MP, Full HD, 16GB

HTC One

Rs48,999

4.7”, Dual SIM, 1.7Ghz QC, Ultrapixel Cam

Samsung Galaxy Note3

Rs46,899

5.7”, 13MP, 1.9Ghz QC+1.3Ghz QC, 3GB, 32GB

Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)

Rs53,500

iOS7, 4”, 8MP, Full HD, 16GB, Retina display

Nokia Lumia 1020

Rs46,499

41MP, 4.5” Full HD, Win8 OS, 2GB, 1.5Ghz DC

 

Note: Most smart phones come with touch screens, hence not specifically mentioned it in features, only screen size is written.

DC- Dual Core/ QC-Quad core processor

“2.2Ghz QC, 2GB, 16GB”= 2.2Ghz quad core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory

MP- megapixel or one million pixels. The resolution of camera phones is often measured in megapixels or MP

Full HD R= Full HD Recording

Gorilla glass- high scratch resistance glass made by Corning Inc.

Disclaimer:

*All amounts mentioned above are estimated street prices and subject to change as per market conditions and location.

 

So happy shopping!

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COMMENTS

Dr Anantha K Ramdas

4 years ago

Thanks for giving such exhaustive details. The choice and recommendations given by you are so many that, by the time one decides to buy, new models would have turned up. This is truly amazing. Thanks for this and I found that on asking for discounts, shop keepers are willing to give "free gifts" of items. A little confusing for me but I should take someone who knows more about these items before replacing my basic cell phone!

Nilesh KAMERKAR

4 years ago

Before splurging Rs.20000 on a new mobile, pls do consider this math . . . Rs.20000 compounded @ 15% p.a. becomes Rs. 320000 in 20 years.

REPLY

vipin

In Reply to Nilesh KAMERKAR 4 years ago

Who is giving @ 15% p.a.kindly inform the readers.

Nilesh KAMERKAR

In Reply to vipin 4 years ago

Nobody gives 'guaranteed' returns of 15% p.a.; but it ought be earned.

Vinay

In Reply to Nilesh KAMERKAR 4 years ago

Before not splurging a bit on your fancies, do consider life... 20 years later you might regret not having enjoyed the fun things in life "back then" ;)

‘LCD/LED TVs are likely to replace CRT TVs in the next 3-4 years’

Technological advances taking place in the Flat Panel TV segment include introduction of OLED TVs and ultra High Definition TVs, says CEAMA in a release on its international conference on emerging trends at New Delhi

LCD/LED TV segment has been growing rapidly for last the five years. It will take over completely by replacing CRT TVs in the next three to four years. Technological advances taking place in the Flat Panel TV Segment such as introduction of OLED TVs and ultra High Definition TVs. This would prepare the Indian consumer electronics industry to plan the development and manufacturing of next generation of Flat Panel TVs. This is according to a release form CEAMA (Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association) on its international conference on emerging trends at New Delhi.

 

The conference was a step towards practical solutions that will result in the creation of a long-term, sustainable investment model, according to CEAMA.  J Satyanarayan, IAS, Secretary, Department of Electronics & IT was the chief guest for the conference and he said that there was ample opportunity in the consumer electronics sector and the industries need to come forward with new projects and investments. He further applauded the efforts of CEAMA in taking forward the industry concerns to various ministries and government departments.

 

Anirudh Dhoot, president, CEAMA and director, Videocon Industries said that substantial growth had taken place in the last five years in the segment of Flat panel TVs. He further said that a focused positive outlook is needed for improving the economy, pushing up sales to emerging markets, lowering prices of larger size displays, and finally, for potential uptick in demand for the Flat panel TVs.

 

Rishi Tandan, marketing head, LG Electronics focused on the Global Flat Panel market and device trends and he further, highlighted the region-wise demand for emerging trends in TV technology and the factors influencing the Flat Panel Industry.

 

Sunil Khandkar, director, Samsung Asia, discussed aspects related to the development of 4k 3D & OLED. He added that the OLED technology has a huge potential to change the entire display industry in the coming years.

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