• Life as a Smartphone User in India



    I'm always fascinated by the mobile phone culture of other countries, be it the die-hard keitai users of Japan or the magic of M-Pesa mobile payments across great swaths of Africa. A couple of summers ago I linked to the XDA Atlas, providing some fantastic insight into that site's worldwide user base. This past week on r/Android a redditor from India posted about the peculiarities of using a smartphone in that country. I thought it would be interesting to share a few highlights, so here they are...

    First off, it would seem that most Indian smartphone users are on prepaid plans. That in itself isn't so unusual, until you consider that dual-SIM support is a must-have feature for them. The redditor explains why:

    Telenor's call rates are dirt cheap, but its data speed is bad. On the other hand, Airtel has good data speeds, but its call rate is way more than Telenor's. So many people use Telenor for calling and Airtel for data, getting the best of both without shelling out double the money.
    Dual-SIM phones will never be popular here in the west because carriers will never sell them—more specifically, they'll never undercut themselves by giving their customers the option of a second provider on the same device. That's definitely an advantage of a prepaid market, that users can easily obtain unlocked phones with dual-SIM support.

    The bad news with prepaid—for India, at least—is that SMS is much more expensive. According to the redditor users have largely abandoned it in favour of data-driven alternatives like WhatsApp and Nimbuzz. Remember Nimbuzz? That former XMPP aggregator is now its own proprietary service, the most popular one on the subcontinent, apparently.

    To find out which smartphones are popular in India and more, check out the reddit thread immediately below. Dual-SIMs ftw!

    Source: r/Android

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Life as a Smartphone User in India started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. xtachx's Avatar
      xtachx -
      This is news from like 5 years ago. Telenor no longer exists in India.

      Right now the Indian market gives you 28 GB data for ~$6/month (yes you read that right) along with free calls and SMS, but people use whatsapp anyway. The data plan comes with a "fair use cap" of 1GB/day after which you may be throttled. The promo they have on right now is 76 GB data in the first month. The all LTE phones they have on sale starts at ~CAD 30.

      Oh there is also a new national providers thats all LTE. Its called Jio. They are 100% LTE+VoLTE and people use dual SIM to well I guess keep a second service because Jio is too new and sometimes has call failures.
    1. bobdevnul's Avatar
      bobdevnul -
      Quote Originally Posted by xtachx View Post
      This is news from like 5 years ago. Telenor no longer exists in India.

      Right now the Indian market gives you 28 GB data for ~$6/month (yes you read that right) along with free calls and SMS...
      Is that price subsidized by the government?

      Do the phones work with the local languages/characters or do they use English?
    1. xtachx's Avatar
      xtachx -
      Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
      Is that price subsidized by the government?

      Do the phones work with the local languages/characters or do they use English?
      No, the price isnt subsidized and the phones run Android. These devices: https://www.mylyf.com/ . Look under "flame" collection. CAD 1 is roughly INR 50.
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Quote Originally Posted by xtachx View Post
      Telenor no longer exists in India.
      Telenor India Prepaid Mobile Services - Exclusive Online Recharge Offers, Prepaid Plans
    1. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
      Tsepz_GP -
      Quote Originally Posted by xtachx View Post
      This is news from like 5 years ago. Telenor no longer exists in India.

      Right now the Indian market gives you 28 GB data for ~$6/month (yes you read that right) along with free calls and SMS, but people use whatsapp anyway. The data plan comes with a "fair use cap" of 1GB/day after which you may be throttled. The promo they have on right now is 76 GB data in the first month. The all LTE phones they have on sale starts at ~CAD 30.

      Oh there is also a new national providers thats all LTE. Its called Jio. They are 100% LTE+VoLTE and people use dual SIM to well I guess keep a second service because Jio is too new and sometimes has call failures.
      That is pretty incredible. Us South Africans wish we had that. Data prices our Networks down here are incredibly expensive, 1GB of data is around $10.



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