Saturday, 20 August 2016




How to Get a Reliance Jio SIM for Free

Reliance Jio is still not at the point of a commercial rollout, so it's too early to say what the actual user experience will be like on the network. Even the actual pricing has to be announced - as of now, not much is clear really about the network. But you can sign up for Jio and enjoy high-speed connectivity without paying a paisa, and free hai to acha hai, right?

The actual rollout of Jio will no doubt affect speeds, network availability, and could lead to call drops as well - while other networks, which stand to lose customers in the process, might actually see some improvement in their services. That's all hypothetical though - but for now, we are really enjoying using our Jio account, and would recommend that you try and get one too.

There are a few different ways in which you can get a Jio SIM. The network works on 4G, and uses VoLTE for calls, but the latter is not available on old phones. There is an app called JioJoin that Reliance offers which works around this through VoIP calling, in case your phone doesn't support VoLTE, so it isn't a very big problem. If you have a 4G compatible phone, you can get started with Jio, here's what you need to do to get a Reliance Jio sim:

1) Make friends with someone working for Reliance

The easiest way to get a Jio SIM is to know someone who works with Reliance. The company allows employees to refer a certain number of people to get Jio SIMs that can be used in your phone. Most Reliance employees are probably used to getting friend requests on Facebook from people that just want a SIM, so you might want to try one of the other methods instead.

2) Buy a Lyf phone

Reliance Retail's Lyf range of phones hasn't been getting the most spectacular reviews, but it's the easiest way to get a new Reliance Jio connection right now. Just walk into a Reliance Digital Store, ask for a new Lyf phone, and you're live on Reliance Jio. You can get a phone for around Rs. 3,000, and you'll get three months of free, unlimited Internet access and calling along with it.
 We can inform you that buying a phone like this, turning on the Wi-Fi hotsp
ot, and using 4G to power your entire home's Internet access, works just fine, and the speed and reliability (at the moment) is better than most broadband connections at home.

This gives you free, unlimited data, calling, and access to all of Jio's apps for three months, or until the commercial launch of Reliance Jio, whichever is later. But if you don't want to carry around an extra handset everywhere you go, there are more options.

3) Get a high-end Samsung phone

If Lyf is Jio's bottom up approach to getting people to try out the network, then it's Samsung offer is the top-down method. If you've got one of the following (relatively recent/ better) Samsung phones, then you just need to download the MyJio app, and tap on "Get Jio SIM". Here are the eligible phones.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2015, Galaxy A7 2015, Galaxy A8, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 5 Duos, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S7 Edge. There is also talk of the offer being extended to iPhones in the near future but this has not been announced yet.

Once that's done, you will get a bar code that you need to take to a Reliance Digital where you have to show your phone and you'll get a SIM. Remember to carry a photograph for the form, and your photo ID, and the staff will do the rest. Quick tip: in our experience - and what many other people online are also telling us - the Reliance Digital Xpress Mini Stores are much more efficient about this process than the larger Reliance Digital stores.

This method was earlier working on all 4G phones, but the company seems to be plugging the gaps now - however, the SIM you get can still be used on other phones. The SIM, and usage, are both free for now even using this method. 

Apple iPhone 7 sell start on September 23

After numerous leaks detailing almost every possible aspect of the IPhone 7, 9to5Mac has claimed that Apple’s flagship product for this year may actually go on sale a little later than expected. According to a leaked AT&T merchandise reset hours schedule that the blog got its hands on, the network carrier has stated September 9 and September 23 as the key dates. Collating this with previous iPhone launches and information from Evan Blass, it seems like the iPhone 7 may be up for preorders from September 9, and sales will begin from September 23.

Earlier information on the iPhone 7’s launch date had stated that the device will go on sale from September 16, but now, it seems that prospective buyers will need to wait for a week more to get their hands on the device. Last year, Apple had opened preorders for the iPhone 6s on September 12, and sale began on September 25, leaving a two-week period between preorders and sale. This was different with the iPhone 6, when preorders had begun on September 12 and sales on September 19. It is hence possible that Apple has had a shift in strategy, choosing a longer two-week period for you to save up all the money you can.

This, though, is certainly subject to change as Apple is yet to officially declare the dates. Wide speculations suggest that Apple will be declaring the dates soon, with the keynote expected on September 6. The iPhone 7 is mostly expected to retain a similar design as the present iPhone 6s, except for redesigned antennae placement and a new, all-black colour variant. The device is also expected to be waterproof, and the ‘Plus’ variant of the device is expected to bring dual-camera setup to iPhones. Many sources have also cited an increase in the amount of RAM, bringing it up to 3GB.

Base storage of iPhones is also expected to be increased to 32GB, and there has been much discussion on whether the iPhone 7 will indeed drop the 3.5mm audio port and opt for a 3D Touch-enabled Home button panel instead of a physical Home button. Everything, though, remains under speculations, and analyst reports have suggested that Apple will go for a big splash in 2017 to celebrate 10 years of the flagship device.

Airtel Announces 10GB 4G Data Offer for Samsung Galaxy J Series Smartphones


Airtel on Friday announced 10GB 4G data offer for buyers of Samsung Galaxy J Series smartphones. The offer is available to both existing and new Airtel prepaid users, who can avail 10GB of 4G data for Rs. 250.

To note, the offer only applies to select Samsung Galaxy J Series smartphones, but neither Samsung nor Airtel has detailed exactly which devices - at the time of writing, the telecom operator had yet to update the handset offer page on its website.

To avail the offer, new Galaxy J series smartphone owners can either visit their nearly Airtel Retail outlet and ask for the offer to be activated, or, log onto www.offers.airtel.com from their smartphones using Airtel mobile Internet (not Wi-Fi), and follow the instructions.

For non-4G markets, Airtel has specified users can avail 10GB of 3G data, which is broken down into 1GB of day-time 3G data plus 9GB night-time 3G data.

Commenting on the newly launched offer, Ajai Puri, Director - Market Operations, Bharti Airtel, said, "We are delighted to extend our association with the popular Samsung J series. We believe this partnership will help customers enjoy best-in-class smartphone experience on Airtel's 4G network."

 The telecom operator has in the past launched 'Double Data' offers for devices across brands, with the Samsung Galaxy J series smartphones getting the promotion.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Google has announced the name of its next mobile OS as Android Nougat and it's coming very soon. Here are the 8 most exciting features you can expect from the latest version.

The final developer beta preview of Android 7.0 Nougat has been seeded to developers, meaning the upcoming OS could be in for a release hopefully very soon. Following on from Marshmallow, Nougat – we still would have called it Nutella – brings a whole load of new tweaks to the Android ecosystem.

So what kind of sweet treats does Google have in mind for its new mobile OS? Allow us to chew it over.