Monday, April 18, 2011

Bharti Airtel launches 'Airtel Photos' in association with Zoomin

Now upload your photos online and get the prints at your doorstep with Airtel Photos
  • Service available to all Airtel broadband customers across the country
  • Now import and store unlimited number of photos on your personal space on the cloud
  • Add your personal touch to gifts such as calendars, t-shirts, mugs, photobooks using photos, themes along with a personal message

India’s leading telecommunications company, Bharti Airtel today joined hands with Zoomin.com – India’s No.1 photo service, to announce the launch of ‘Airtel Photos’. This exclusive partnership enables Airtel broadband customers anywhere in India to import and store unlimited number of photos on their own personal space on the cloud.
Powered by Zoomin.com, Airtel Photos enables the user to import photo albums from Facebook or upload photos directly from their computer to their account. Users can store unlimited photos in their Airtel Photos account as storage is free. The Organizer- another feature unique to the service, allows to customers to work seamlessly across photo albums to create a customized collection of favourite folders. The service also enables customers to add a personal touch to gifts such as calendars, t-shirts, mugs, photobooks using photos, themes along with a personal message. They can choose from a range of themes, funky art clips and designed templates and add captions of their choice.
Whats more- the service does away with the hassle of credit/debit cards or even payment on delivery! Airtel Photos unique ‘Pay per Instance’ allows users to keep track of their orders that get reflected in their monthly postpaid bill.
According to Mr. Girish Mehta, Chief Marketing Officer, Telemedia Services, Bharti Airtel said, “The launch of Airtel Photos is in line with our commitment to enrich the lives of our customers with broadband. Airtel has always led the way in partnering industry leaders for bringing in innovative services for customers. By providing choice and convenience, Airtel Photos will enable our customers to cherish and celebrate life and relationships like never before.”
Sharing his thoughts on the partnership, Sunny Balijepalli, Founder & CEO, Zoomin.com said, “India is a visual culture with deep family bonds. Photos are perfect visual representation for the celebrations of those moments of magic every family experiences. We are delighted to partner Airtel, India’s premier telecommunications company, to empower its customers to celebrate their life’s moments with photo prints and the ability to express themselves through personalized gifts such as photobooks, mugs and t-shirts.”
Airtel Photo Print enables customers to choose from matte, gloss and luminous print finishes. Photo products available on Airtel Photos range from Rs. 65 to Rs. 595 inclusive of applicable taxes and delivery charges. For details on the complete product portfolio, customers can visit www.airtel.Zoomin.com. source

Nokia's push email services barred in India

Cellcos must block new pushmail offering until security requirements are satisfied.

 RIM's clashes with Indian authorities over email services that they cannot monitor have hit the headlines, but the BlackBerry maker is not the only firm in the spotlight. Microsoft, Skype and Google have their own ongoing negotiations about how far the government should be able to monitor and intercept mobile email and messaging. Now Nokia's new push email services have been barred until they can satisfy the requirements of the security agencies.

According to the Economic Times, the Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered mobile operators to bar Nokia's new offerings for now, and "not to launch Nokia's proposed pushmail/powermail service without putting in place monitoring facilities". This directive comes despite a compromise, reached in December, under which Nokia set up a server in India to help authorities monitor email and provide real time interception.
The issue is hugely serious for Nokia. While RIM is mainly risking the loss of future business, as 3G starts to take off in India, Nokia already makes substantial business from corporate and consumer email services, and has specifically created an offering for those without PCs, as part of its LifeTools family of apps for emerging markets. At the high end, Its E Series devices are the most used business phones in India and almost half of them are activated for push email, the service now under threat. This allows users to manage multiple email accounts via clients such as Yahoo, Gmail or Sify.
Meanwhile, the March 31 deadline for RIM to present a solution for BlackBerry Enterprise Services, which would satisfy the authorities, has passed with no apparent resolution. The arguments are taking place against a change in the law, which is broadening the legal meaning of telecoms and IT services. This will make it compulsory for operators to have systems in place to support authorized intercepts - based on telephone numbers, device identity, email IDs, IP addresses or keywords - by national security agencies on a real time basis.source