Airtel revises Rs 399 plan with 40 GB data, 1 year Amazon Prime subscription- Technology News, Firstpost


Amid Reliance Jio launching Diwali offer and Celebration packs, and Vodafone releasing long-term validity offers, Airtel has revised its Rs 399 postpaid plan.

According to the change, which now reflects on both Airtel website, and on the My Airtel app, the Rs 399 postpaid plan now offers an additional 20 GB data to what it was offering earlier, bring the count up to 40 GB data per month.

In addition to that, the Rs 399 plan now also offers free on year Amazon Prime subscription, which otherwise costs Rs 999. Earlier, that additional benefit only came with the Rs 499, Rs 649, Rs 799, and Rs 1,199 plans.

Airtel logo pn a kirana shop.

Airtel logo on a Kirana shop.

To claim the offer, if you are a new Airtel subscriber, or you are using some other plan, you can head to the Airtel website, or to the My Airtel app to subscribe to the Rs 399 plan. If you are already on the Rs 399 plan, then, when you head to the My Airtel app, you will see an “Airtel Thanks” banner when you scroll down. When you tap that, your plan will automatically be updated with these benefits.

Further, in order to get your 1-year of free Amazon Prime subscription, tap on ‘Claim Now’, and then on ‘Proceed’, and then follow the instructions. However, do note, that this offer is not available for those who already have Amazon Prime subscription.

Besides the updated data and Amazon Prime subscription, the Rs 399 plan continues to offer unlimited local and STD voice calls, free calls on national roaming, and free access to Wynk Music.





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Airtel Rs 399 Postpaid Plan Now Offers Annual Amazon Prime Membership


Airtel had been offering a free yearly subscription to Amazon Prime to select postpaid customers. This facility was being offered for postpaid plans of Rs 499 and above, but now the company has decided to extend this benefit to Rs 399 postpaid plans also. From now, all users who avail the Rs 399 postpaid plan will also get an annual Amazon Prime membership for free.

Apart from the free Amazon Prime membership, the Rs 399 plan also offers 40GB of data with roo-over facility and unlimited local, STD and roaming calls. Notably, Airtel has recently revised the Rs 399 postpaid plan to bring additional 20GB of data. The plan also provides 200GB of data rollover facility along with free Wynk Music access.

For availing this new offer, you can open the My Airtel app and click on the Airtel Thanks banner that will be available at the bottom. Upon clicking the banner, you will see the Amazon Prime subscription benefit. You can click on the Claim Now button to avail the benefit instantaneously.

This move by Airtel to provide Amazon Prime subscription benefits to the Rs 399 postpaid plan is probably to rival Vodafone. It may be recalled that Vodafone already provides a free annual membership to Amazon Prime for customers availing the Rs 399 postpaid plan from the company. Now, Airtel customers in the country using the Rs 399 plan will also get the same benefits as Vodafone users. Notably, the Amazon Prime benefit is available to all customers using the Rs 399 plan in all the circles in the country.

Meanwhile, Airtel has also introduced new combo recharge packs for prepaid customers in the Mumbai circle recently. These new combo recharge packs are priced from Rs 35 and go all the way up to Rs 245. These new packs have been rolled out to rival Reliance Jio that already has many economically priced plans offering both data and voice calling benefits.





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New OnePlus 6T smartphone now available to pre-order from Vodafone


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Vodafone has announced that they are now taking pre-orders on the new OnePlus 6T smartphone and prices for the handset start at £42 a month with a £29 up front cost.

The handset is available on a wide range of monthly contracts with Vodafone including their Red Entertainment plans which start at £49 a month.

The OnePlus 6T is now available to pre-order at Vodafone UK (www.vodafone.co.uk) – for £42 a month (£29 upfront cost) on a Vodafone Red Extra Plan, including unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and a massive 16GB of data.
 
Alternatively, customers can pre-order the new device on a Vodafone Red Entertainment plan from £49 per month (£29 upfront cost). This includes unlimited texts, unlimited minutes, 32GB of data and a choice of Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass.

You can now pre-order the new OnePlus 6T smartphone from Vodafone and you can find out more information at the link below. The handset launches next Tuesday the 6th of November.

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Verizon 5G – what to expect from Big Red


Verizon began its preparations for 5G years ago by densifying its 4G LTE network using small cell sites in highly-populated areas. The company’s current fiber-based network — a huge web consisting of 900,000 global fiber route miles as of August 2018 — will deliver data to Verizon’s millimeter (mmWave) 5G small cell sites scattered across the nation. In rural areas, Version will install fiber cable in 1,000-foot intervals.

Overall, Verizon’s 5G rollout plan is the exact opposite of T-Mobile: Sell a fixed in-home 5G-based service first and launch a mobile 5G service sometime thereafter. T-Mobile is focusing on nationwide 5G coverage using long-range LTE Band 71 and two other short-range mmWave bands first, followed by an in-home service at a later date.

Related: Here are T-Mobile’s 5G plans

While T-Mobile’s 5G service is based on industry standards approved by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project conglomerate (3GPP), Verizon is initially using its proprietary-yet-open 5G TF network standard. Verizon took this route because the company simply didn’t want to wait for the 3GPP 5G NR standard to make it to network equipment, devices, chipsets, and software. Once hardware, software, and equipment arrive using the 3GPP 5G NR standard, Verizon will update its “First on 5G” members for free.

Meanwhile, Verizon’s other big competitor AT&T is pushing to bring mobile 5G to 12 large and mid-sized cities – including Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and more – in 2018. The company will then increase that coverage to around 19 cities in 2019 and eventually expand its 5G network once it’s established the service in those 19 markets. A home network service is in the works too, which AT&T is currently testing in limited markets like South Bend, Indiana.

The key takeaway from 5G is capacity in addition to faster download speeds. According to Verizon Communications chief executive Hans Vestberg, 4G can handle around 1,000 connected devices per square kilometer whereas 5G can handle one million. Meanwhile, 4G has a latency of around 200 milliseconds whereas 5G goes down to a mere 10 milliseconds.

All that said, here’s what we know about Verizon 5G and what’s to come later.

Spectrum

Verizon 5G uses the 28GHz and 39GHz bands, both of which are high-band millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies. Verizon holds 76 percent of the available 28GHz band and 46 percent of the available 39GHz band. So far there’s no indication Verizon will use LTE Band 71 for long-range 5G coverage like T-Mobile.

Rollout plans

Verizon launched its 5G-based home networking service in parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento on October 1. The company will build out its 5G coverage using equipment based on the 3GPP 5G NR standard when they become available. According to Verizon, Clayton Harris of Houston, Texas, became the very first 5G customer.

Samsung will provide the initial hardware for Verizon’s in-home service. Depending on the customer’s location, the professionally-installed setup may consist of a compact 5G home and outdoor router, a 5G Radio (Access Unit, Digital Unit-integrated type) and virtualized radio solutions. You’ll also receive a free Apple TV or Google Chromecast device.

According to Verizon, customers will see an average download speed of 300Mbps and a maximum download speed of 940Mbps with no data caps. By comparison, you can get a Charter Spectrum wired connection at 300Mbps for around the same price, but you’ll never see the maximum speed reported by Version.

The company’s in-home service also boasts unlimited data, no annual contracts, no additional fees, no increases, no taxes and no additional equipment charges. It only supports data, meaning you can’t use the in-home service to make cellular calls and send texts. Even more, Verizon claims it won’t throttle data as seen with its current mobile 4G LTE “unlimited” data service.

“In our testing, including rain and windy environments, there have been no indications of typical weather issues affecting 5G Home service,” Verizon states in its FAQ. The comment stems from a common problem seen with millimeter waves, as they can’t easily penetrate buildings and other obstacles. They can also be absorbed by plants and rain. Placing small cell networks throughout the city helps eliminate these barriers.

Finally, Verizon’s 5G mobile service will launch roughly six months after its fixed 5G service.

Markets announced

Current markets include portions of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Verizon will reveal availability in additional markets at a later date.

Plans and prices

The cost of the Verizon 5G Home network service is $70 per month, or $50 per month if you have a separate Verizon Wireless $30 phone plan. There’s no charge for the first three months, and you also get three months of YouTube TV for free. Google’s service will cost $40 per month thereafter.

Verizon has not officially announced any plans and pricing for its mobile 5G service.

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Other things we know

Verizon teamed up with Ericsson to use its commercial 5G Radio Access Network software, which will allow Verizon to switch on its 5G network when ready. The software applies to Ericsson’s 5G-ready Ericsson Radio Systems, which now has a bigger footprint in North America thanks to an expanding 4G partnership with Verizon. They reached a milestone in July by deploying Massive MIMO transmissions in Irvine, California.

Verizon and Motorola introduced a the Moto Z3 in August: The Moto Z3. This new smartphone ships with the 5G Moto mod, a snap-on adapter adding 5G connectivity when Verizon flips on the mobile service sometime in 2019.

Voxon Photonics achieved the world’s first holographic communication using Verizon’s 5G network on the Los Angeles Convention Center show floor. The data only traveled 200 feet between Verizon’s booth and Ericsson’s booth, and consisted of a caller’s holographic face in a real-time conference video using an Intel RealSense depth camera.

Verizon acquired Straight Path Communications in February for $3.1 billion in an all-stock transaction. Straight Path owns a large stockpile of 28GHz and 39GHz spectrum Verizon will use for its 5G services. In turn, 20 percent of Straight Path’s 39GHz spectrum was handed back to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) due to a violation of the FCC’s buildout and discontinuance rules. The company also paid a $600 million penalty.





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Subscription Model: From Ownership to On-Demand


To help consumers save on the costs of owning possessions, companies are offering more goods and services on demand with the subscription business model, long associated with periodicals and brought into the modern age with Netflix.

The success of innovators is presumably part of what influenced Lyft to launch a new subscription plan earlier this month. With the All-Access Plan, passengers pay a monthly fee to lock in a price of up to $15 per ride. The ridesharing service also offers subscribers a discount on additional rides.

Beyond ride-hailing, other companies are taking their first steps into the subscription realm, according to the PYMNTS Subscription Commerce Tracker, while others are expanding existing subscription services to reach a broader consumer base. From medicine to fitness and clothing to software, businesses across a diverse range of industries are taking the subscription model for a spin.

The projected value of the global digital health market by 2025 is $536.6 billion. Subscription medicine is not a new concept – the first model debuted in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s. Today, these services are available in several price tiers, from basic direct primary care to a “luxury concierge” offering. The potential benefits are similar to those of many consumer-focused subscriptions. A patient-specific subscription can help users better understand their health needs and make more informed, cost-focused choices. Subscription medicine offers on-demand access to doctors the way top subscription services, like Netflix and Hulu, offer access through their platforms.

The anticipated CAGR of the global digital fitness market from 2017 to 2022 is 32.6 percent. In the early days, Aaptiv offered two options: Customers could take live classes a la carte for $5 a shot, or they could access an archive of live classes via a subscription. Aaptiv Founder and CEO Ethan Agarwal told PYMNTS in an interview over the summer that he and his team quickly saw that the on-demand subscription was the much more popular alternative, and doubled down on a wider catalog of fitness training content. Today, with Aaptiv, most members opt for a single annual fee to explore a variety of fitness options, as well as the interplay between various workout types. Aaptiv also has a monthly billing plan.

The estimated value of the U.K. subscription box market by 2022 is $1.32 billion. Stitch Fix recently announced its plan to expand its personal shopping service into the United Kingdom, it was reported in October. While shoppers across the pond will have to wait until the end of fiscal year 2019 to take advantage of the site, customers can now sign up online to join the company’s wait list. “We believe our ability to create a uniquely personalized shopping experience is something that will resonate with consumers and brands outside of the United States,” Stitch Fix Founder and CEO Katrina Lake told Chain Store Age. “We can’t wait to show our first U.K. clients how effortless, convenient and fun Stitch Fix is.” This past year, the company launched Stitch Fix Kids, a way for parents to shop for their children without the required subscription or membership.

The share of IT professionals who believe almost all apps will be operating as Software-as-a-Service by 2020 is 73 percent. Apple, for instance, announced earlier this year that it was restructuring the subscription fee program for its Texture digital magazine subscription service that it acquired in March. Previously, Texture was a two-tiered membership model with a monthly basic plan and monthly unlimited premium plan. The difference between the plans was access to weekly issue magazines. Texture has since dropped the lower tier entirely and reduced the price of the unlimited premium plan. Customers will now have access to all of Texture’s offerings for one monthly fee.

The estimated projected number of Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S. by 2029 is 275 million. Amazon’s Prime subscription business is expected to more than double in the next 10 years, hitting 275 million subscribers in the U.S. alone, per Citigroup estimates. CNBC, citing Citigroup analysts, reported that the Wall Street firm argued in a research report – in which it raised its price target on the stock – that the rest of Wall Street doesn’t appreciate the full value of Prime, and that the company could enjoy more than $500 billion in Prime gross sales each year within a decade. Citi Analyst Mark May wrote in a note covered by CNBC, “We remain positive on Amazon shares, and view Amazon‘s large and growing global Prime member base as not only a source of recurring revenue, but a key reason why brands and third-party sellers are increasingly relying on Amazon’s marketplace.”

When it comes to the Lyft ridesharing subscription, the company noted in a blog post that consumers can use their service instead of owning a car. The suggestion is that a subscription can help turn material possessions – such as that car in the driveway – into a less costly, on-demand service.

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