Gone are the days when, having a mobile phone (however basic it may be) was considered high-tech. Things got advanced over the course of time though, and basic browsing capabilities began to be offered by mobile phones. Carriers such as Reliance once provided Internet connectivity to customers using the handset as a modem.
Those days of sluggish dial-up connections won’t return. It’s 3G connectivity on everybody’s mind these days, and not only for their laptop or desktop PC. Everyone wants a smartphone.
Idea’s new Android-powered smartphone is here. Called the Blade, the smartphone is runs on Android 2.2 Froyo OS from Google and is powered with a 600MHz processor. Don’t think that Idea has diversified into smartphone manufacturing though. This is basically a re-branded ZTE Blade. It has attractive specifications such as a capacitive 3.5-inch Touchscreen with a resolution of 480x800 pixels, 3.2-megapixel camera with video recording and maximum external MicroSD memory card support of 32GB in addition to the internal memory of 150MB.
Music lovers are offered a multi-format video-cum-audio player. Bluetooth and USB connectivity ensures vital data transfer possibilities. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack. It’s easy to keep in touch with friends through the social networking applications pre-loaded. Opera Mini browser, Orkut, Facebook, Twitter, Google Search, YouTube and Gmail are some of the other great things you can experience with this smartphone featuring Idea’s 3G connections.
Being a smartphone, it offers wide possibilities of fun, socializing, browsing and entertainment. It all comes down to the pricing, you may say, and sure enough Idea has thrown in the killer price of Rs. 7,990. That’s not all; Idea also has an introductory offer for its 3G customers who purchase the Idea Blade. They will be offered free data services which are worth Rs. 3,500 if they buy the Rs. 259 special pack.
The Blade has been launched along with another Idea smartphone, the ID280 which is also a re-branding of another phone, the Huawei Ideos X1 and is priced at Rs. 5,850. These are Idea’s first self-branded handsets and with these, India’s popular 3G service provider is heading into a new, though not unexpected, direction.
With such attractive pricing and a cool introductory offer, these smartphones are sure to get popular in no time as there are many people out there who’d like to experience the possibilities of a smartphone, or at least say they own one, but are not quite willing to pay big bucks for it.