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Nepal Telecom brings bonus on recharge for Poush.

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014: Nepal Telecom: the Government owned operator has brought a new bonus scheme through which the subscribers can get up to 10 percent bonus on the recharge of cards. GSM prepaid subscribers can get the talk value bonus on recharge of cards above Rs 200. Rs 200 recharge will entitle you to get Rs 10 (5 percent), Rs 500 recharge will avail you of Rs 35(7 percent) whereas customers will get Rs 100 bonus on recharge of Rs 1000 card. The scheme is known to be valid from Poush 5 till the end of Poush.
There was a big mesh in Nepal telecom recharge system (VOMS) for the last Saturday when the millions of subscribers were unable to top up their balance through recharge cards. As known from a NT official, the recharge system is in critical stage that needs up-gradation but is under CIAA (Akhtiyaar) investigation for any fraud, making them unable to upgrade the system in time. With that problem, NT happened to loose a big amount of money along with huge customer dissatisfaction. Now that the problem is temporarily solved for now, NT is bringing this scheme to make up for the loss and bring some smile to their subscribers.

Ncell brings iPhone 6 to Nepal

Dec 19, 2014: Apple's iPhone is the most popular phone in the world but its hefty price makes general people wary of their wallet. The phone is available in cheaper price by the operators in US and other countries with 2 years contract whereas it is expensive to buy without an contract. Such contract policty is never implemented here in Nepal, barring people to buy such phones in cheaper price. Ncell the leading private operator of Nepal has brought iPhone to its customers through bundling its service, and payment on monthly basis.
In an event at Kathmandu on Friday, Ncell launched the three versions of the latest iPhone: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus with different memory namely 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.
The price of the smartphone iPhone 6, 16GB is made at Rs 83,999, 64 GB at Rs 94,999 and the 128 GB at Rs 107,999 whereas the phablet iphone 6 plus 16 GB version is priced at Rs 94,999, 64 GB at Rs 107,999 and 128 GB at Rs 120,999 which is subject to change as per the rise and fall of USD.
For the sales of iPhone from their Ncell centre counters at Krishna tower, Durbarmarg, Maharajgunj, Kumaripati, Chabahil, Kalanki and Banepa, they will be giving 1GB data free per month for 6 months. Ncell has also made iPhone 5S available to the customers which will entail 500 MB free per months for six months.The phones are also made available on monthly installment (EMI) from banks like Nepal Investment bank, Nabil Bank and Himalaya Bank.

This is the first time iPhone has reached to Nepal on official basis. There was a big rumor for the availability of Cheap iPhones in Nepal through bundling with Nepal Telecom service but that never happened,

Here are some features of iPhone 6:
4.7 inch Display (5.5 inch for 6 plus).
64 bit Processor. (A8 Chip).
Improved iSight camera.
4G LTE support.
Touch ID finger print.
Apple pay through NFC.
iOS 8.


Huawei releases Honor Holly in Nepal

One of the leading smartphone maker of the world and among the one that has official showroom here in Nepal, Huawei has released a new smartphone. The mid ranged phone named as Honor Holly is good for those who can't afford for the advanced features. The dual SIM phone is run by a 1.3 GHz quad core Mediatek processor, 1 GB RAM and Android Kitkat. The phone is known to have 5 inch IPS display, 8 MP/2 MP rear/front shooter and 2000 mAH battery. The 16 GB phone also has an external card slot to expand the memory space up to 32 GB. It is priced at 13,999, which is a bit high if you compare with 7000 IRs online price in India. You can find it in official Huawei Store at New road, Kathmandu and other mobile shops. The device is direct competitor to Xiaomi Red Mi 1s with similar specs. 

Huawei has also launched Ascend Mate 7, Honor 6, Ascend P7 and Ascend Y520 together with Honor holly in Nepal.

3G Usage Survey Result 1

Nepal is the first country to launch 3G (WCDMA) network in South Asia with the Government operator Nepal Telecom back in 2007, but the 3G network here is still not that ubiquitous. The rivalry of two major operators Ncell and Nepal Telecom to dominate the data market, drives them to expand the 3G network to different regions of the country and are equally competing to make the 3G service affordable. (in its research for Nepali telecom market) did an online survey among thousand people to get the current scenario of 3G usage in Nepal. It seems like most of the 1K people are either current 3G users or prospective 3G subscribers.
According to the survey, most of them use 3G from the smartphone itself though we can use USB dongle and tethering on your PC (which has very less percentile). Among the reasons for not using 3G, people's worry for the 3G to absorb more data and money is the main one (35 %), whereas the unavailability of 3G coverage in their place and quick battery drainage are found to be the other major reasons.
Regarding the questionnaire for the mobile network settings in their mobile, it is found that almost half put the settings in automatic mode, 30 percentage put in "GSM mode only" among which sixty percent of them switch to 3G when they need to surf the internet.
The satisfaction level of 3G is found little below the 50 percent mark mainly due to no smooth coverage of 3G, and Data tariff (not in accordance with published rate).
Other services from 3G like MMS and Video call is used very less of which Video call (20 %) seemed more popular than MMS (15 %).
It is also found that significant no of people use 3G inside their homes, in place of their fixed ADSL or cable or WiFi plans.
Majority of people seems to use 3G for Facebook which counts for 45 percent of the total usage, whereas other reasons are for email, news, Youtube and Video call.

More results:

Xiaomi to arrive in Nepal soon

OCT 29, 2014: Xiaomi- the Chinese handset maker that is currently in the top five of the world, is known to arrive here in Nepal. Previously Xiaomi fans here in Nepal used to buy the devices straight from China or recently from India. Now it is known that it will be completely hassle free to get those devices (phones and accessories) here in Nepal as Mobiland Electronic pvt. ltd claims to have got the authority and even looking for distributors to sell it all over Nepal. It is also known that the devices will be available in the market after 20th of Kartik. According to Subarna Maharjan of Mobiland Electronic Pvt. Ltd, they have already taken approval from NTA (Nepal Telecommunication Authority) to sell the Xiaomi smartphones in Nepal. Till the device becomes available in the market, they have even started taking pre-booking in their website
Pic: New Xiaomi store in the making at Hua xiang bei, Shenzhen, China
Xiaomi's current range of Smartphones are: Mi2/2S, Mi3, Mi4, Redmi Note, Redmi1s, Mipad (tablet). Compared to similar devices from other vendors, Xiaomi phones are cheaper with build quality. Its android skin (MIUI) is also very popular with several amazing features. The latest being MIUI 6 is available for Mi2, Mi3 and Mi4 in its developer version, but stable version is not yet out, which is scheduled for the end of this year.
Popular accessories from Xiaomi include the piston earphone/headphone, Mi power bank (Batterry bank: 5200 mAh and 10400 mAh), Mifi router and screen protector/cover. As the price of these devices are not yet fixed, it is hard to tell the business despite the popularity of device and excitement.
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