Indian mobile handset manufacturers have come of age and while Micromax is taking on Nokia head-to-head, Karbonn is going a step further with acquisition of South Korean design firm (Android device design) for $40mn all-cash deal.
The deal will be financed with a portion of the $250 million that Karbonn expects to garner from PE firms over the next three months [source].
Tyroo Partners with Slideshare
Tyroo Media and SlideShare today announced an exclusive partnership in the India region. Under this agreement, Tyroo Media will be the sole marketing and sales partner for SlideShare’s advertising solutions in the country.
Yatra.com launches Cash on Delivery service
This facility will now enable the customers to make travel bookings with Yatra.com and pay cash against the travel bookings. The COD payment option is available for International Air, Domestic and International holiday bookings with Yatra.com. This service is currently available for all customers in Delhi / NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai with an endeavour to soon extend this facility to other cities as well.
Spectranet Partners with Aircel to Introduce India’s first ‘High Speed Internet Access’ on Wi-Fi
Spectranet has partnered with Aircel to offer high speed Internet access to Aircel customers on Wi-Fi. Spectranet Wi-Fi service can be accessed by Aircel subscribers on all kinds of Wi-Fi enabled devices including mobile phones, laptops and tablets. Aircel subscribers can access the Wi-Fi services by latching onto the "aircel_spectranet" SSID and following a simple two-step registration process. [More about Aircel WiFi]
March 31 is new deadline for BlackBerry services
The Government has set a fresh deadline of March 31 for telecom operators to provide interception facility to all Blackberry services. On the issue of accessing the BlackBerry Enterprise Services, the Government is insisting that RIM set up a BlackBerry infrastructure in India. While the company has asked for a guarantee that their service will not be banned if they set up a local infrastructure, the Government has ruled out giving such a promise.[source]
Homeshop18 Launches its next-generation e-commerce Portal
HomeShop18 has unveiled its next generation e-commerce portal homeshop18.com.
Currently, the portal offers around 1,00,000 SKUs from Electronics to Apparels, Home & Kitchen products, Jewellery, Health & Beauty, Mobiles, occasional gifting and a wide collection of books, music and movies. http://www.homeshop18.com presently retails over 450 brands from 20+ categories and delivers across 3000 towns and cities.
[Recommended Read: Homeshop18 – Key statistics and Numbers to Know].
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