Roundup: RIM Gives India Access to Messenger Services, Pan-India MNP on Jan 20

Canada’s Research In Motion Ltd. said it has provided solutions that will let India’s security agencies access the smartphone maker’s popular messenger and public email services, but not the corporate email services.

“The lawful access capability now available to RIM’s carrier partners meets the standard required by the government of India for all consumer messaging services offered in the Indian marketplace,” Research In Motion said in a customer update [reports WSJ]

MNP Pan-India Launch on Jan 20th

MNP’s Pan-India launch is on Jan 20th. While MNP hasn’t shown any dramatic change for operators, be ready to get more spammy calls (and SMSes) from competing operators.

Reliance Launches User Generated Caller Tunes

Reliance Communication has launched user generated caller tune service. This exclusive service allows customers to record any content via ‘Tune Maker’ platform and set it as their own caller tune. Subscribers can also post their creations through which other customers can set it as their caller tunes. RCom has partnered with Hyderabad based Altruist Technologies to create pan-India infrastructure for its new service.

The facility is available Online on Web and also through an IVR interface. Web Users just need to log on to to modify, edit and add your own spin to your caller tune. Through IVR, Customers can activate the service by calling 56694400 and select the option to create caller tune. They can record a song/dialogue/joke etc for 30 seconds and submit. Post submission, the content recorded will be set as their special caller tune. Tune charges are Rs 5/ month. CRBT Subscription is one time charge of Rs 30. Tune Renewal Charges will be Rs.5/tune per month.

RCOM will offer this service across all its CDMA, GSM and 3G networks.

Reliance Broadcast to buy Hindi music channel

Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Broadcast Network (RBNL) plans to acquire Imagine Showbiz, a Bollywood music and entertainment channel from Cinestar Advertising Pvt Ltd.

This will mark its entry in Hindi content space, after its tie-up with CBS for three English channels. The company did not disclose financial terms of the deal. The acquisition will be done through RBNL’s wholly owned subsidiary Reliance Television Pvt Ltd.[source]

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