Affordability has truly become the motto of technology industry this year in India and things are just getting started. With net neutrality and free internet being talked up, in the end users will benefit from changing dynamics of the internet sphere.
While Lenovo has the cheapest 4G phone in the country for shade above $100, others are merely looking to consolidate the position of 2G/3G ecosystem for the time being. And you can count on Datawind to be part of the ‘others’ in this aspect.
The makers of cheap yet controversial Aakash (Ubislate) tablets are now ready to enthrall consumers with lure of affordable phones equipped with free internet support. Teaming up with Reliance, Datawind has announced slew of PocketSurfer 2G and 3G phones starting from Rs 1,999. The phones are nowhere close to competition in terms of hardware, so we won’t be talking about them in detail. Let’s just say, these phones are entry-level, made for lower-rung cities who might get captivated by the prospect of free internet.
Free internet with catch
Datawind is relying on Reliance to provide the arms to its dream of ‘free internet’ that assembles as part of Digital India mission. The internet.org was also inducted into the market with the same telecom operator and while Suneet Singh Tuli, president and CEO for DataWind confirmed talks with other telcos was also undertaken; those other telcos are nowhere to be seen in the scheme of free things.
Under the one year free internet plan, Datawind will be paying up for all data consumption made during this period. What happens when the one year of your quota is over? Well, your guess is good as ours.