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Samsung Releases the Mid-Range Galaxy Neo

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Samsung has announced a new phone, trying to give quite a rich feature-package for a comparatively low price, the Galaxy Neo.

The Galaxy Neo comes with a 5″ display, a quad-core processor and a 5 megapixel HD camera.

The display comes with a subpar resolution of 480 x 800 pixel resolution, which we think is a bit disappointing. The design is the same plastic which the company uses for the low-end phones.

Underneath, you will find a 1.2Ghz Cortex A7 quad-core processor, along with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB expandable internal storage. Around the back is the 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video, accompanied by a VGA shooter on the front.

The phone is powered by a 2,100 mAh battery, which is also removable. The version of OS is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, obviously customized by Samsung.

Here are the full specs of the phone:

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI
  • 5″ display with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
  • 9.6mm thick
  • Weight: 163g
  • 1.2Ghz Cortex A7 quad-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM with 8 GB expandable storage
  • 5 megapixel rear-camera with 720p HD video recording and LED Flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi, 3G, FM Radio, microUSB 2.0, GPS
  • 2,100 mAh battery

The phone will be available for $360 in the coming few weeks. So that’s Samsung’s try at doing (another) mid-range right. Do they succeed or not? We leave that up to you.

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Nokia and Telenor Introduce the Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503

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Nokia Pakistan announced that the new Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 are available for purchase in Pakistan with 6 months free Telenor Talkshawk Internet.

The new affordable smartphones are aimed at mid-range audience with their innovative Fastlane home screen, attractive new design and a deeper integration with social networks.

Commenting on the new Nokia Asha range, Arif Shafique, country general manager, Nokia Pakistan said: “With the expansion of the Nokia Asha family, we bring three exciting smartphones for our consumers to suit their budget needs. The new Asha series has a stunning new design, a plethora of social networking apps and enhanced imaging quality. This way, millions of consumers across different price points will get access to smartphone technology”.

Irfan Wahab Khan, chief marketing officer, Telenor Pakistan said on the occasion: “This is yet another example of the successful collaboration between Telenor Pakistan and Nokia. Introducing high-quality yet affordable smartphones with a very user-friendly social experience is in line with Telenor Pakistan’s ‘Internet for all’ strategy. We believe in bringing the internet experience to the masses of Pakistan, and Telenor’s free 6 months’ internet offering with these new Asha devices is aimed at encouraging people to utilize the true benefits of internet”.

With the launch of the latest range of Asha smartphones, Nokia introduces the unique ‘dual shot’ design which combines an inner layer of bold, bright coloured shell surrounded by an outer layer of crystal-clear transparency. This distinctive combination enhances the durability of the device and surely makes the smartphone user stand out of the crowd. The high-end design brought to this price point is a clear differentiator, as are the craftsmanship and attention to detail.

The Asha 500 offers a 2.8-inch screen, a 2-megapixel camera and 2G telephony while the Asha 502 comes with a 3-inch screen, and a 5-megapixel camera with flash. At the top of the current family is the Asha 503, which has a 3-inch screen made from curved Gorilla Glass, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, and 3.5G speeds.

The Asha 500 and 503 come in single- and dual-SIM variants, with Nokia’s Easy Swap technology on dual-SIM, allowing users to swap cards without restarting the phone. While all three of these new phones come with the same software and stunning hardware design, the three offer hardware specifications that scale upwards by model number and price.

As social networking is the need of the hour, these new devices allow the user to become more social across various social media. With Fastlane, users can create a personalized shortcut to the phone’s recently accessed apps, features and content, as well as future activity, such as calendar appointments.

It’s the fastest way to access an app in its last state, as well as being the social hub of the new Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503. Deeper integration with social networks now enables live updates, which alert people to likes and comments through notifications on Fastlane so they never miss an important update.

Here are the prices:

  • Nokia Asha 500: PKR 8,300
  • Nokia Asha 502 (Dual SIM): PKR 10,400
  • Nokia Asha 503 (Dual SIM): PKR 10,950
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Pakistan Soon to Get DTH Services

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DTH or Direct-to-home TV system is usually perceived as an expensive solution and majority hold the view that cable TV is not going to get replaced by DTH due to its cost-effectiveness.

Even PEMRA believes that DTH might not entirely replace cable TV, even in the long run.

PEMRA’s spokesperson, while commenting on the situation, said “The fact that DTH will come to Pakistan does not mean cable system will be demolished from grass root levels. Both services will be employed simultaneously by users”.

DTH, on the other hands, obviously offers the advantage of superior quality and hence quality conscious people would immediacy opt for DTH.

Not to mention, audio and visual quality provided by DTH is unbelievably commendable. Each colour, graphic and sound is enhanced. While we aren’t sure about the adaption rate as of now, but surely DTH technology awareness will spread from classes to the masses during the time to come.

Talking about adaption is probably too early right now as many of us are even not sure about when DTH is actually going to surface in Pakistan.

If you can recall, PEMRA had very proudly announced the issuance of two licenses for DTH to Cross Currents (Pvt) Limited and ARY communication back in December 2003.

Both the groups, however, shelved the projects as everything was put to hold.

But now, news from various authentic sources have confirmed that only numbered weeks are left to finally welcome the most advanced and breakthrough TV broadcast technology in Pakistan.

The time left to experience Pakistani DTS is inversely proportional to the number of consumers of illegal Indian Dish TV in Pakistan.

Just in case if you don’t know, people across Pakistan have purchased illegal STBs (Set-Top-Box ). Each month they are paying at least Rs. 1,000 and the one time installation is costing them Rs. 7,000-8,000.

These Indian DTH services offer a total of 99 channels, out of which almost 50 are foreign news channels, while 35 others are regional Indian channels. Only 15 channels are what Pakistanis get against such hefty investments.

This whole illegal Indian Dish TV market translates into $150 Million for Indian DTH service providers without any tax deduction.

Its up to PEMRA now that they make the DTH a reality in Pakistani market with local operators to earn all this money with proper taxing to aid our national exchequer.

So if you are an avid TV viewer who won’t compromise on quality then your wait isn’t going to be long enough. Instead of investing into illegal Indian Dish TV solutions, just wait a little, as Pakistan DTH operators are going to serve you very soon.

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Ufone Introduces Super Sasta Package with Lowest Call Rates for all Networks

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Ufone has introduced this new package called “Super Sasta Package”, with which its customers can make calls for just 90 paisa + tax per minute on all networks during 12 midnight till 5 PM the next day.

Call charges between 5PM to 12PM would be 90 paisas per 30 seconds, for all networks.

Moreover, with this package, Ufone customers can also enjoy sending SMS to all networks at for just 90 paisa + tax/SMS.

Charges:

  • There are no daily charges for this package.
  • Base tariff of 90 paisas plus tax per minute during 12PM to 5PM next day
  • Base tariff of 90 paisas plus tax per 30 seconds during 5PM to 12 PM
  • Base tariff of 90 pasias plus tax per SMS

How to Subscribe:

  • Dial *5678# to activate Super Sasta Package
  • One time standard charges of Rs.10 + tax apply on package conversion will apply

Terms & Conditions:

  • 10 paisa + Tax per call will be charged.
  • Offer is valid for prepaid customers only
  • Standard charges of Rs.10 + tax apply on package conversion
  • No voice offers are available on this package
  • International Direct Dialing, Data and SMS Buckets & offers are available on this package
  • Uth Pack or Uth packages offers are not available on this package
  • Using a SIM which is not in your name or allowing others to use your SIM is a crime – PTA
  • 19.5% FED on usage and other taxes on recharge or bill apply.
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Visa Offers Cardholders in Pakistan to Experience 2014 FIFA World Cup

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As part of its sponsorship of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Visa Inc., has launched a promotion to send one valued cardholder in Pakistan to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil final match, hosted at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro on 13th July 2014.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which is scheduled to take place in June and July this year, is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year which will see 32 teams from all around the globe competing for the most prestigious prize in the sport.

Brazil will become the centre of attention for the world and Visa has extended an opportunity for Pakistani football fans to be part of the glamorous show.

How to Win?

Visa cardholders who spend between January 1, 2014 and February 28, 2014 using their credit card, debit card, gift or prepaid card, will earn an entry into the draw for every transaction performed – the higher the number of transactions, the greater the chance of winning.

There will be no minimum value to be spent and cardholders will get an additional chance every time they use their Visa card.

The winner of the draw will be awarded an all expense paid trip for two to Brazil to watch the final of the World Cup. The prize includes airline tickets, hotel accommodation, transportation and organised tours for two persons.

Each person will also get a prepaid Visa card worth $150 as pocket money for the trip.

Kamil Khan, VISA Country Manager for Pakistan and Afghanistan, said the campaign intends to leverage the football fever in the country ahead of the World Cup.

“Football fans are not like any other sports fans in the world, as they tend to be more passionate about the game, with an unmatched sense of loyalty for their team,” he said. “This realization has inspired us at Visa Inc. to create this campaign and to enhance our cardholders’ experience by inspiring them to be part of the biggest football event of the year. In doing so, we are also reminding our cardholders of the practical, safe, and convenient purchasing experience Visa products offer.

In addition to the above, Visa cardholders will also be able to take advantage of the exclusive World Cup offers of partner banks.

Visa is one of six global FIFA partners with global rights in the “Financial Services” product category to all FIFA World Cup activities. This partnership follows its debut as an official sponsor at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and has run through 2014 to include the rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011TM and the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM. Visa recently announced the extension of its sponsorship of FIFA through 2022.

It is worth noting that Visa is a global payments technology company that enables consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments to use electronic payments instead of cash and checks. Visa has built one of the world’s most advanced processing networks – VisaNet.

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Mobilink Introduces SMS Alerts for International Roaming Data usage

Mobilink has introduced free SMS alerts for its international roaming (IR) customers as a means to enhance Mobilink customers’ experience worldwide.

The service will provide Mobilink IR customers with their Data usage details every four hours keeping them aware of their usage and managing their budget accordingly.

Farid Ahmad, Vice President Marketing Mobilink said, “Mobilink is the operator of choice for the premium customers of Pakistan for the last two decades due to products and services that add value to their daily business and personal communication needs. Our SMS Alert is aimed at creating a better customer experience for our customers that frequently to other countries.”

The SMS Alert service empowers frequent users of international roaming data services by giving them the option to monitor their IR Data usage via text alerts. Users can choose to temporarily unsubscribe Data services from their handset to avoid bills beyond their budget.

The SMS Alert service is pre-activated for all existing & new international roaming subscribers. The service is provided free of charge in all countries where Mobilink offers International Roaming services.

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Upgrade 3.1 Mbps EVO to 9.3 Mbps Wingle Device With Same Monthly Charges

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Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) has announced EVO to Wingle upgrade offer for the convenience of its customers.

This new offer by PTCL enables customers to experience wireless broadband internet at high-speeds of 9.3mbps.  Customers will now be able to enjoy Wingle connectivity at only Rs. 2,100, which is the existing price of EVO unlimited package. One time upgrade charges are only Rs. 1500.

Any EVO Unlimited package customer on Rs.2100 Monthly charges can upgrade to Wingle Unlimited and continue paying Rs.2,100 per month for Wingle connectivity.

The offer can be availed by paying both the upgrade charges and the monthly line rent in advance and is available for both active and inactive connections.

For Postpaid; customer Must have cleared his last bill. For prepaid; Customer Must be on EVO Max package at the time of availing the offer.

PTCL broadband internet is empowering people across Pakistan to reach out to the world, enabling convenient access to knowledge and information nationwide.

Highlights:

  • Device upgrade from EVO to Wingle is charged at Rs.1500.
  • Customer shall be able to enjoy Wingle connectivity at the price of EVO Unlimited monthly charges.
  • Customer shall be required to make upfront payment for the upgrade in order to avail the offer.
  • Customer shall be required to pay the Monthly charges upfront at the time of upgrade for both postpaid & prepaid billing; as the package upgrade shall be on Non-PSTN billing mode only.
  • This offer is valid for both Pre-paid and Post-paid customers
  • Offer is applicable for all EVO 3.1Mbps customers only.

Terms:

  • Offer is Valid for all EVO USB postpaid & Max users only.
  • EVO Device Must be physically returned to PTCL OSS for availing the offer.
  • Any EVO Unlimited package customer on Rs.2100 Monthly charges can upgrade to Wingle Unlimited and continue paying Rs.2,100 per month for Wingle connectivity.
  • For Postpaid; customer Must have cleared his last bill.
  • For prepaid; Customer Must be on EVO Max package at the time of availing the offer.
  • Offer can be availed from PTCL OSS/ Direct sales channel only
  • This offer is valid for both Pre-paid and Post-paid customers
  • Offer is not applicable for EVO Cloud, Nitro, Nitro Cloud & EVO Tab customers.
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Motorola Announces the Dual-SIM Version of the Moto G

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When it comes to budget smartphones, an attractive feature in a large number of them is the availability of a dual-sim option. That’s exactly what’s the case with the Moto G. One of the best entry-level phones now comes with a dual-sim version for people who use two SIM cards on the go.

Specs (apart from the dual stand-by mode) remain the same. You get the same 4.5″ HD display with Gorilla Glass 3.

Hardware includes a 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 or 16 GB non-expandable storage and Adreno 305. A couple of 5 megapixel and 1.3 megapixel HD cameras can also be found.

Battery capacity remains at 2,070 mAh non-expandable while the OS remains Android 4.3, coupled with a thin skin from Motorola.

Pricing is set at $210 for the 8 GB dual-sim model, while the 16 gig version can be had for $30. That’s $30 more than original phone but if you really want that extra SIM slot, then we think the minor price difference is worth it.

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Huawei Announces the Budget MediaPad Youth2 Tablet

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Announced last year to limited acclaim, Huawei’s original MediaPad Youth is seeing an update via the new Youth2. The new Android 4.3-running tablet tablet comes with a 7″ display, a quad-core SnapDragon processor and a metallic design.

The display shouts the tablet’s budget status, thanks to subpar resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The design is nice for the range though. Despite the gigantic bezels, it comes with a metallic back.

Under the hood, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2Ghz can be found, alongside 1 GB RAM and 4 GB worth expandable storage. A duo of 3 megapixel and VGA cameras can be found at the front and back.

Quite unlike most tablets of any size, the Youth2 also supports 2G and 3G calls which should really give it an edge against most rivals.

OS running is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, coupled with Huawei’s Emotion UI, of course. Battery capacity is set at 4100 mAh, though it should last longer thanks to Huawei’s Dynamic Power Management.

Pricing and availability details aren’t disclosed yet but if priced appropriately, it might eventually find quite a lot of success among the price-conscious crowd.

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Mobilink Announces Q Mobile Noir Z4 from its Platform

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Mobilink, in collaboration with Q-Mobile, is offering Q Mobile Noir Z4 as a means of enhancing the bouquet of offers to its smartphone subscribers.

The phone will be available with a pre-loaded data bundle and be priced at Rs. 35,000.

Moied Javeed, Director Marketing Mobilink, highlighted “Mobilink is committed to offering innovative communication solutions to its customers with the latest mobile phones coupled with country’s best mobile internet offers. I am confident that the customers will enjoy our aggressive data bundle that comes with the Q Mobile Noir Z4 and make the most out of it.”

Q Mobile Z4 is a slim and smart single body device designed with a smooth finish with an excellent mix of technology. Z4 provides 32GB onboard storage, 13MP BSI sensor rear camera, 5MP front camera, 2GB RAM, Gorilla glass protection and comes with a 1.5GHz quad core processor.

Mobilink said that its data package with Q Mobile Noir Z4 will provide its customers with a powerful and unique mobile computing experience with unlimited data bundle offer for 6 months, with fair usage of 6GB.

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