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Blackberry Kepler 9300 in Pakistan Soon

For all Blackberry enthusiasts who were waiting for the Blackberry Torch to appear in Pakistan, considering its high price and some browser issues; unfortunately looks like it will not be appearing in Pakistan officially. However, if you have the money, you can buy it off the market.

But for those, like me, who use a Blackberry device and are looking for an affordable upgrade, a new Blackberry handset will be appearing officially in Pakistan in the next two to three months.

This handset is a successor to the ever-reliable and affordable Curve 8500 series, and the last variant of Curve to hit our market was the Blackberry Gemini 8520, available in the market and with cellular operators for about 22,000/- to 25.000/- PKR.

As is the norm with all new Blackberry handsets, the Kepler will feature a trackpad instead of the traditional trackball (which used to get dirty and had a lot of issues).

The basic layout for the handset is the same as the Gemini, and fits snugly in the hand. Some cosmetic differences will be the chrome lining on the edge of the handsets and a better keypad.

Another upgrade is the Wi-Fi option, which is really useful considering almost everyone is using wireless internet at home, and it is also available at cafes, airports as well as other landmarks.

The operating system in use will be the latest 5.0 upgradeable (hopefully we will get it with the latest OS). Another upgrade will be the onboard RAM which will be 256 MB, instead of 128 MB. All other features such as layout, buttons, standard multimedia options and shortcut keys will be same with the screen size being 320 x 240 pixels (TFT 65K colors).

The camera in the handset will be a standard 2.0 MP which may put off camera fans and there won’t be a flash. Battery time will be around 4 – 5 hours during talk time and upto 350 hours to 450 hours during standby (expected).

The Blackberry Kepler is a traditional business handset (boring yet efficient) more suited for professionals, who want an affordable device (not recommended for multimedia and iphone enthusiasts). It is expected to be priced between Gemini (8520) and Javelin (8900), the price is to range between 28,000/- to 32,000/- PKR. In this price range, I say it is a good option, unfortunately no memory card is expected in the package.

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Jazz ki Khushion Bhari Offer Call Rate 45 Paisas 30 Seconds

Jazz has offered 45 Paisas per 30 second call rate for all networks – all day long, same like  Telenor’s offer of 49 Paisas per 30 seconds.

Its means that we are not going to see an end to price-war, basically a good news for subscribers. Yes, prices are going to go further down with time.

This call rate of 45 paisas per 30 seconds comes at a daily rental of Rs. 3.99 plus tax per day.

jazz khushion bhari offer Jazz ki Khushion Bhari Offer: 45 Paisas/30 Seconds

Terms:

  • Customer will have to switch to Jazz Budget to avail this offer by dialing 123 from their Mobilink numbers.
  • Offer is recursive meaning that the customer will be automatically subscribed to the offer every day unless he/she un-subscribes himself or due to low balance
  • 19.5% tax applies on the above mentioned rates

How to subscribe:

Once you are on Jazz Budget Package – subscription to this offer will be done by sending *108#

How to Un-subscribe:

Dial *108*4# for unsubscribing this offer

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ZONG is the winner in addition of Subscribers

The recently released PTA report on cellular subscribers showed ZONG as the clear winner for the third quarter of 2010, with a net addition of over 740,000 subscribers in the period.

This brought the total number of subscribers under the company to just around 7.5 million. If numbers were the only way to analyze companies, one would certainly have to commend ZONG on its performance. However, if you put aside quality and other metrics, the company has truly proven how a clear vision in market segmentation can help to establish a base of one’s own.

It was in 2008 that the disturbed and troubled carcass of PakTel was bought out by China Telecom, making it the first international endeavor for the Chinese telecommunication giant.

With over 500 million subscribers, China Telecom is regarded as the largest cellular service provider in the world, followed by Vodafone. While the latter is spread over several countries and continents, the former has been largely concentrated to its home country.

In the 2 years since its foray into Pakistan, China Telecom has invested over $1 billion into establishing itself and its brand, and it seems that some return is slowly starting to creep in.

For PakTel, the trouble lay in the lack of resources available for the company to innovate its systems, which was essential in the eye of increasing competition from Mobilink, Telenor and Ufone. However, that has not been an issue for China Telecom, which has ensured that Zong remained as innovative and competitive across all fronts in the Pakistani market. The differentiator, however, is the vision with which Zong has approached the local market; segmenting down to the low income users and ensuring that the packages it promotes provide the most benefit to these users.

This approach symbolizes a lack of aggressiveness on part of Zong against its market competitors; at least not directly in the established segments of the market. While the company offers an enhanced portfolio including Blackberry services, its focus appears resolute to the far-flung areas and the consumers seeking more value out of little. The company seems content on keeping its creativity locked on finding ways to gain loyalty from this segment. And we can witness this in all their communication.

The credible factor is that it is paying off for the company. People are responding in the positive and in the droves. They did that when Zong opened its operations promising everyone their personal choice of numbers, and while that may not be the case every day now, the company’s consumer-centric offerings are keeping its subscriber base quite steady. Furthermore, an informal survey of consumers reflects that Zong is commonly referred to as ‘China Mobile’, and viewed as cheap and low-quality. However, for the masses who are already burdened with daily expenses of survival, the brand brings a link between their needs and affordability. Handsets and double credit; all I need to remain in touch longer.

Kudos to Zong for finding their customers and addressing the needs in packages, hardware and communication. One hopes that this remains a long-term vision of the company, allowing many more from the rural areas to ‘Say it All’.

The recently released PTA report on cellular subscribers showed ZONG as the clear winner for the third quarter of 2010, with a net addition of over 740,000 subscribers in the period.

This brought the total number of subscribers under the company to just around 7.5 million. If numbers were the only way to analyze companies, one would certainly have to commend ZONG on its performance. However, if you put aside quality and other metrics, the company has truly proven how a clear vision in market segmentation can help to establish a base of one’s own.

It was in 2008 that the disturbed and troubled carcass of PakTel was bought out by China Telecom, making it the first international endeavor for the Chinese telecommunication giant.

With over 500 million subscribers, China Telecom is regarded as the largest cellular service provider in the world, followed by Vodafone. While the latter is spread over several countries and continents, the former has been largely concentrated to its home country.

In the 2 years since its foray into Pakistan, China Telecom has invested over $1 billion into establishing itself and its brand, and it seems that some return is slowly starting to creep in.

For PakTel, the trouble lay in the lack of resources available for the company to innovate its systems, which was essential in the eye of increasing competition from Mobilink, Telenor and Ufone. However, that has not been an issue for China Telecom, which has ensured that Zong remained as innovative and competitive across all fronts in the Pakistani market. The differentiator, however, is the vision with which Zong has approached the local market; segmenting down to the low income users and ensuring that the packages it promotes provide the most benefit to these users.

This approach symbolizes a lack of aggressiveness on part of Zong against its market competitors; at least not directly in the established segments of the market. While the company offers an enhanced portfolio including Blackberry services, its focus appears resolute to the far-flung areas and the consumers seeking more value out of little. The company seems content on keeping its creativity locked on finding ways to gain loyalty from this segment. And we can witness this in all their communication.

The credible factor is that it is paying off for the company. People are responding in the positive and in the droves. They did that when Zong opened its operations promising everyone their personal choice of numbers, and while that may not be the case every day now, the company’s consumer-centric offerings are keeping its subscriber base quite steady. Furthermore, an informal survey of consumers reflects that Zong is commonly referred to as ‘China Mobile’, and viewed as cheap and low-quality. However, for the masses who are already burdened with daily expenses of survival, the brand brings a link between their needs and affordability. Handsets and double credit; all I need to remain in touch longer.

Kudos to Zong for finding their customers and addressing the needs in packages, hardware and communication. One hopes that this remains a long-term vision of the company, allowing many more from the rural areas to ‘Say it All’.

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Epsilon Launch eConnect in Karachi collaboration with Multinet

Voice and data connectivity provider Epsilon in collaboration with Multinet Pakistan has launched eConnect, the Carrier Neutral Interconnect Platform and its ePoP services in Karachi.

The eConnect Hub in South Asia will cater to the demand for the fast exchange of voice and data traffic between local telecommunication operators in Pakistan while providing a managed presence for local and international carriers.

The eConnect PoP in Multinet’s co-location site in Karachi provides a carrier neutral ‘meet-me-room’ and offers access to international capacity from Karachi to Epsilon’s European and Asian network.

This initiative will enable domestic and international carrier’s to make use of network access to all local networks in Pakistan, managed by a single Carrier Neutral party.

Epsilon Managed Presence, ePoP, offers international and domestic Carriers to rent multiplexing facilities to host their incoming bandwidth, distributing it to the desired network partners without the need of having physical co‐location themselves.

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Telenor Rewards its Retailers

Telenor Pakistan, gave away 12 motor bikes and around 2200 cash prizes worth Rs. 4.8 million to its Easyload retail partners from different regions of Pakistan under its ‘Telenor Maala-maal Offer’.

Retail Partners whose July Easyload sales exceeded previous month by 5 percent were eligible to enter the lucky draw. A 10 percent increase allowed them a double entry in the draw.

Appreciating the support of retail partners, Telenor Pakistan’s Director Sales & Distribution Malik Faisal Qayyum said, “Our retail partners have been the backbone of our distribution network. We would like to thank them for their enthusiastic participation in the ‘Telenor Maala-maal Offer’ and extend our heartiest congratulations to all the winners”.

The Maala-maal offer gave away 12 Motorcycles, 30 prizes of PKR 10,000 each, 60 prizes of PKR 5,000 each and 2100 prizes of PKR 2,000 each to easyload retailers across regions in the country. The Maala-maal scheme is a continuation of the previously run Easyload Millionaire Prize Schemes.

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Illegal VoIP Gateway Caught in Karachi

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) conducted a joint raid at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi which resulted in confiscation of functional illegal gateway telephone setup. The illegal setup consisted of four GSM Gateways, Tellulars, Switches, Routers and number of SIMs of different operators. During the raid one person was apprehended. This action was a result of efforts of highly technical professionals and dedicated workers of PTA who check and monitor the illegal call termination business on twenty four hours basis and adopt different procedures and processes to apprehend persons involved in the activity, not only to safeguard the national exchequer but also to ensure severe punishment as per the law. Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen appreciated the joint efforts of PTA and FIA teams and also warned all those involved in the illegal telecom business to stop their activities, otherwise PTA shall take strict action against them as per the law.

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Mobilink is now accepting MNP requests online

Mobilink is now accepting MNP requests online. All you need is to fill a form and get the Mobilink SIM at your doorstep.

Mobilink claims that Free SIM delivery will be made at your doorstep in 3 working days.

Important Note:

  • Please make sure you have a photocopy of your CNIC available at the time of sim delivery
  • Rs. 5 balance in your sim to initiate MNP request at the time of SIM collection
  • MNP Web Request option is restricted to selected cities listed below, residents of other cities should call 030 5678 5678 for MNP related information

To migrate to Mobilink, simply point your browsers to this link, fill the form and submit it!

Online MNP is offered for following Cities:

  • Ahmed pur East
  • Bahawal Pur
  • Bhakkar
  • Depal Pur
  • Faisalabad
  • Gujranwala
  • Gujrat
  • Islamabad
  • Jhang
  • Karachi
  • Kasur
  • khanewal
  • Khushab
  • Kot Addu
  • Lahore
  • Leiyah
  • Lodhran
  • Mandi Bahauddin
  • Mianwali
  • Multan
  • Muzaffar Garh
  • Narowal
  • Okara
  • Patoki
  • Peshawer
  • Rahim Yar Khan
  • Rawalpindi
  • Sadiqabad
  • Sahiwaal
  • Sargodha
  • Sheikhupura
  • Sialkot
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Jazz Na Qabil-e-Yaqeen offer has Taken back

Mobilink has taken back its Na Qabil-e-Yaqeen offer, that allowed unlimited calling, round the clock, on three FnF numbers against a daily rental of Rs. 6.99 plus tax per day.

This promotion ran for some 35 days in total.

Lately, Mobilink has been busy with introduction of bundle offers with heavy campaigns. However, Company is now being observed as tending towards capped offers and not unlimited calling/SMSes.

It is said that Qabil-e-Yaqeen offer was causing serious network overload to Mobilink.

Keeping in view the recent revision on SMS plus package and with withdrawal of Na Qabil-e-Yaqeen offer, it seems Mobilink is undergoing capacity issues.

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PTCL has Commercially Launched the EVO Nitro 3G 9.3 MB

PTCL (Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited)  has commercially launched the EVO Nitro 3G.

So far, it is the fastest and widely available data service in Pakistan. EVO 3G Nitro is all set to meet the next-generation’s need for ultimate speed & superior performance with speed up to 9.3mbps.

PTCL claims that with this launch, Pakistan has become the first country in the world to provide this EV-DO Rev B 3G technology.

EVO 3G Nitro has revolutionized the three simple steps to high speed On-the-Go connectivity, Just Plug in—Click—Connect with its unprecedented speed of up to 9.3 Mbps on the downlink and up to 5.4MBPS on the uplink based on EV-DO Rev B 3G CDMA  technology.

Tariff:

  • Nitro USB Device Charges: Rs. 3,999
  • Nitro Unlimited Service Charges: Rs. 2,999 per month

Billing Options:

  • Nitro Landline Billing: Billed in PTCL Landline
  • Nitro Advance Billing: Advance payment at PTCL OSS or PTCL designated banks

Coverage Area:

Nitro “Rev.B” Coverage is offered in following cities:

  • Islamabad,
  • Rawalpindi,
  • Lahore
  • & Karachi.

Data Rate:

Average data rates vary between 1.25 Mbps- 3.75 Mbps

How Current EVO customers can Upgrade to Nitro?

If you wish to upgrade you are required to return your existing USB device and pay additional charges of Rs.1000.

In exchange you will get a brand new Evo 3G Nitro USB device and need to sign up for Nitro package. Visit your nearest PTCL One Stop Shop for more details.

Existing USB device must be in perfect physical and working condition and returned with box.

SEVP Commercial Naveed Saeed at the occasion of this commercial launch said:

EVO 3G Nitro has been launched with the aim of giving our customers a far more enhanced user experience of instant connectivity. He further added that it’s a step ahead in the development and prestige of the technologically strong and revolutionary telecom company. This deployment has reinforced the company’s technological lead in the sector and Working in a market where technology changes every minute, we at PTCL always strive to introduce products and services that add more value to our customers’ lives, and PTCL’s ‘EVO 3G Nitro’ is one such product that will completely revolutionized the way our customers communicate.”

Syed Asim Ali, EVP Commercial Planning said:

the launch of Evo Nitro 3G is a milestone and a glorious mark in the conquest of PTCL, EVO 3G Nitro saves the precious time of our customers, PTCL customers can now for the very first time spend less time waiting and more time working and accessing media rich applications from downloading songs to live video streaming, at home on your desktop or on the move on your laptop. He further added that In future PTCL plans to introduce a variety of innovative services that can enhance our customer’s life, which is our first and foremost priority.

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Wateen Launches DigiPay to pay Wateen bill payments with ease

Wateen Telecom announced the launch of ‘DigiPay’, for its customer’s to pay Wateen bill payments with ease.

With DigiPay, customers now have the options to buy electronic PINs for Wateen bill payments through a number of different mediums. Launching this service in collaboration with epay, Wateen is enabling its customers to pay their Wateen bills through new mechanisms such as

ATMs,
Credit/Debit Cards,
POS,
SMS,
Internet,
Phone and so on
Via Phone

Wateen customers, who own Bank Alfalah credit cards too, can now call Bank Alfalah customer helpline @ 111-225-111. Wateen PINs are available around the clock. Wateen PINs can also be availed against reward points redemption.

Credit and Debit Pay

Wateen customers can simply swipe their credit/debit card of any bank at MCB Credit Card machines available across all major grocery stores. They will get an electronic voucher with the Wateen PIN in their desired denomination.

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