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Vodafone offers iPhone 3G on EMIs

Monday, August 25, 2008 1 comment

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Vodafone one of the two leading providers of iPhone 3G (which is one among the Gadgets to watch in 2008) in India, the other being Airtel is planning to provide it on an EMI scheme for its subscribers.

 

Vodafone is in talks with Barclays and ICICI Bank for this scheme. In India, the iPhone is priced at Rs. 31,000 for 8GB and Rs. 36,100 for 16GB of memory space. The schemes are based on a period of 6 to 12 months from which the subscribers can choose from. The iPhone is being sold in Hyderabad and Bangalore besides the four metropolitan cities and will be later introduced in 65 cities. The phone comes locked to the service provider, which means a user cannot switch his or her operator while using an iPhone.

 

The price of the iPhone 3G is kind of overpriced in India by an enormous amount, thanks to our import duty policies 😦 . The original price of the same in US being $199 (around Rs. 8800) for 8GB and $299 (around Rs. 13200) for 16GB. Also there are talks about slashing the prices six months from now. So people can make choice of either waiting for a slashed price some time later or grab it fresh ‘n’ overpriced, also considering the fact that currently there are no 3G networks in India to use the iPhone 3G to its full potential. I’ve read somewhere that BSNL is rushing out in its plans to roll out 3G in India by end of this year or early next year 🙂 . So watch out this space for more details as and when it is available.

 

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Tata E-Nano – The Electric (Eco) Car

Thursday, August 21, 2008 4 comments

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Indian car maker Tata Motors, which is planning to produce the world’s cheapest car selling at 1,700 euros ($2,600), also has plans to produce an electric-drive version, according to a German press report.
The E-Nano would be built in cooperation with the Norwegian electric car specialist firm Miljobil, Greenland.

nano e-car

The Tata Nano is a small car aimed at the mass Indian market and is set to go on sale later this year. However, industry analysts have expressed skepticism that Tata will be able to sell the vehicle at the price because of rising raw material prices. The Nano is a no-frills basic car with a 33 hp 623 cc engine. It has no air-conditioning, electric windows or power steering that are standard in modern new cars.

Tata is working with a French firm and Chrysler in developing this electric car. The electric car will use compressed air. A diesel engine for the Nano is being developed by a German company and will use a fuel injection system. Sources told the newspaper that the 800 cc, turbo charged diesel engine will be a two-cylinder and capable of at least 30 per cent more mileage compared to 800 cc gasoline powered cars.

 

Need a cab in Dubai – SMS for it

Thursday, August 21, 2008 Leave a comment

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There is good news for those who need taxi or cab in Dubai. It is now just an ‘SMS‘ away.

The local Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has introduced taxi stand (rank) numbers, modeled on the Singapore taxi service system, for different locations. The passenger could send an SMS to a toll-free number 4774 mentioning the number of the taxi stand where he or she is waiting.The step has been taken because most taxi drivers used to face difficulty in tracking down the locations of the passengers, ultimately resulting in long and frustrating waiting.

Procedure: SMS <taxi number> <area code> to 4774

The authority has given rank numbers to 54 locations or taxi stands in various congested areas of the emirates.
“Every stand will have an area code. Once a passenger sends SMS, he would receive an acknowledgement message from the RTA and a taxi would pick the passenger up from the exact spot within minutes,” he said. Altogether, 54 areas have been earmarked as taxi stands in the emirate. Each stand will have an information board listing the rank numbers and respective areas, the SMS number and the toll-free booking numbers of all taxi companies operating in the emirate. Dubai Taxi has 3,906 taxis in its fleet; the total number of cabs with the other four franchise companies is around 7,000. Around 1,200 more taxis are expected to be on Dubai roads by year-end and another 1,000 by 2009.