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Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom services provider, on the new year eve opened bookings for the Redmi Note 4G. The Redmi Note 4G, priced at Rs.9,999 will be available in 133 Airtel stores across 6 cities – Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi-NCR and Kolkata. Airtel will also organize a ‘Mi Day’ each week at select stores in these cities enabling customers to walk-in and walk-out with a Redmi Note 4G even without any pre-booking.

Mi India fans can now book their device online and select their preferred Airtel store and date for purchasing the device. Customers can also walk into any of the Airtel stores in these cities to experience the device. While Airtel postpaid customers having at least 500 MB 3G data pack activated on their connection can easily move to the Redmi Note, Airtel prepaid and non-Airtel customers will have to first opt for an Airtel postpaid myPlan when they purchase the Redmi Note 4G. Alternatively, Xiaomi fans could walk-in to select Airtel stores in their city during a “Mi Day” to purchase the Redmi Note 4G without pre-booking the same online. The devices will be sold at these stores on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Customers purchasing the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G will also be provided a 4G SIM and will be able experience amazing 4G speeds on their device in cities where Airtel offers 4G services. Existing Airtel 3G users can enjoy 4G speeds on their new Redmi Note 4G at the same tariff as their existing 3G plan, without activating any special 4G plan. In cities where Airtel 4G services are not yet available, customers will be automatically upgraded to 4G at the same tariff as their existing 3G data packs as and when 4G services are rolled out in these cities.

Mi India fans will be able to book the much awaited Redmi Note 4G on Airtel by just visiting www.Airtel.in/mi starting today and sales will begin in stores on January 2, 2015. Airtel stores will accept various payment modes including Credit Card, Debit Card or Cash.

Postpaid customers in Bengaluru can also avail a promotional offer of double data benefits on their 4G plans by logging onto www.Airtellive.com/offers from their new Redmi Note 4G. The offer is valid only on the Redmi Note 4G on Airtel and will be activated within 48 hours. Please refer below table for the details of the offer:

 

Earlier this month, the founder of the Social Networking giant highlighted the future of universal Internet access, the dream that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to fulfil, in an effort to make Internet access available to everyone across the world just like a service as essential as of 911 in the case of an emergency.
Dream comes true! Facebook Inc. (FB) in partnership with Bharti Airtel Ltd. (BHARTI) of India today launches its first Android and web application with free data access to a wide range of services, according to Guy Rosen, a product management director at Facebook.

This new offering from Facebook is launching in Zambia before coming to other developing countries eventually, and provided through a mobile application known as Internet.org, named after a project developed by the world’s biggest social networking site to expand Internet access to the developing world.

“Right now, only 15% of people in Zambia have access to the internet, Zuckerberg said via FB post. “Soon, everyone will be able to use the internet for free to find jobs, get help with reproductive health and other aspects of health, and use tools like Facebook to stay connected with the people they love.

According to Zuck, today 2.7 billion people, just over one-third of the world’s population, have access to the Internet, and the adoption has been growing at a very lower rate, by less than 9% each year. The rest of the world’s 5 billion people who do not have access to Internet are lacking access due to issues such as high costs or improper infrastructure and he thinks that 90% problem of the world’s population isn’t a lack of a network but lack of affordable data plans.
Internet.org—a global partnership launched by Zuckerberg last year, along with other major information-technology leaders as well as nonprofit organizations and local communities—plans to bring those 5 million people who are without Internet access into the Digital Age.
Internet.org app will offer some basic services to Airtel customers without incurring any data charges. It will include access to Facebook, Messenger, Wikipedia, and Google Search, along with Accuweather, local news, health information and employment services.

Over 85% of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30% of the total population accesses the internet,” Internet.org product management director Guy Rosen wrote in a blog post. 

Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption for many and today we are introducing the Internet.org app to make the internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services.

Although the service is limited only to Airtel users in Zambia, but according to Facebook it’s just an initial move, the bigger approach is yet to come. The goal of the biggest social networking site is to bring the service all over the world.

This is a big step forward in achieving the mission of Facebook and Internet.org,” Zuckerberg said. “We’re looking forward to bringing free basic services to more countries soon.

On the whole, it is reasonable to expect that giving poor people access to Internet and possibility of connecting with people anywhere around the world will be socially transforming the life in a very positive way.

 

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