All three major telecom operators Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone offer international roaming
services so that you can make and receive calls to or from home country.
All three major telecom operators Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone offer international roaming services so that you can make and receive calls to or from home country. Although it sounds convenient for users, it isn’t cheap. The calls you make can be expensive, and you may be charged for calls you receive. The cost of data usage is also exuberant.
Here’s a quick comparison between international roaming plans offered by Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone
To apply for international roaming you need to purchase Rs 1101 pack via MyJio.com or Jio.com. While Reliance Jio does offer international roaming, it does’t offer customisable plans. At the moment, it only offers pay-per-usage rates for all countries that seems to be more expensive than other telcos. For instance, its outgoing calls from Australia to India is priced at Rs 142.50 per minute, incoming calls at Rs 71.25 per minute, outgoing SMS at Rs 23.75 per minute, and mobile data at Rs 6.18 per Rs 10 kilobyte (KB).
Reliance Jio has recently launched its international tariffs, including ISD rate cutter plans which offer international calling at as low as Rs 3 per minute. Users need to recharge with Rs 501 to activate Jio’s rate-cutter plans. International calls to countries including Bangladesh, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, UK, Belgium, Brazil, Hungary, Mongolia, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden and more can be made at Rs 3 per minute.
Plus, those calling to France, Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan, Argentina, Denmark, Israel, South Korea and more will have to pay Rs 4.8 per minute. Reliance Jio’s international call tariffs go up to Rs 13 per minute for places like Nepal, UAE and Rs 13.8 per minute for Bahrain.
Airtel is offering two international roaming packs for Singapore priced at Rs 499 (1 day) and Rs 2499 (30 day). The Rs 499 roaming pack comes with a validity of one day and 300MB data. Users also get unlimited incoming calls. The Rs 2499 plan comes with a validity of Rs 30 days and 3GB data. Users meanwhile get unlimited incoming calls.
Like Reliance Jio and Airtel, Vodafone is also offering international roaming packs for travellers to the USA, UAE and Singapore. It’s called the ‘i-Roam Free’ pack. The pack is available at different price points with options of Rs 5,000 for 30-days, Rs 3,500 for 10-days and Rs 2,500 for 7-days.While roaming in USA, UAE and Singapore, all calls and data is now free and unlimited, benefits on international roaming in other countries include all incoming calls free, and data plus outgoing calls being nominally charged at Re. 1/MB and Rs. 1/minute respectively.
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The Pixel 2 sports a 5-inch Full HD display, while the Pixel 2 XL sports 6-inch HD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Pre-orders start from October 26.
Google’s brand new smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Xl will be launching in India on October 27. The company has sent out media invites for the same and pre-orders for the device will start a day early. To recall, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XLwere unveiled earlier this month and like their predecessors, the internals of the two phones are pretty-much the same, with the major difference being the screen size.
The Pixel 2 sports a 5-inch Full HD display, while the larger Pixel 2 XL sports a 6-inch QHD+ display with an aspect ratio 18:9.The two are powered-by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The two are available in 64GB and 128GB storage variants. Prices for the two phones in India are not yet known, but the Pixel 2 starts at $649 (approx Rs 42,000 directly converted) in the US, while the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 (approx Rs 55,000 directly converted). The two phones offer a 12.2MP rear camera with f/1.8 apertures and scored 98 on DXOMark, making them the highest rates smartphones on the platform. Google recently revealed that both devices feature a deactivated custom octa-core SoC called the Pixel Visual Core Chip. The company claims that the processor is capable of running HDR+ mode five times faster, while using less power.
Further, hints of Google recent acquisition of HTC’s smartphone division, can be seen on the two phones as well. The new Active Edge feature lets users launch the Google Assistant by squeezing the sides of the phones. A feature similar to what HTC offers with the HTC U11.
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it looks like Samsung is currently working on a Dual Wireless Charging Pad something very similar to Apple’s AirPower that was introduced at the iPhone X event. Samsung has filed the patent and had got the approval by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for this new Dual Wireless charging pad. Samsung last year introduced EP-PA710 Qi-based Wireless Charger Tray design that can charge 2 devices wirelessly at once.
Samsung’s Wireless charging pad is said to take advantage of the both inductive and resonate modes of wireless charging which are Qi compliant. This means that the charging pad can charge any smartphone or wearable product in the market. Going by the initial sketches from the patent, it looks like the dock will have two coils both of them support inductive and resonate charging and the pad can automatically make the switch between the two when it sees fit.
According to the patent application, it is designed to charge smartphones or wearable device by using one of the magnetic induction method or the magnetic resonance method and charge the device with either of the methods.
Samsung has filed this patent in March, so given the fact that these are just patent files, there isn’t any appropriate timing for their launch. However, it is largely expected that this new Wireless Dual Charging Pad might make an appearance at the Galaxy S9 launch which is slated for early 2018.
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