Tata Docomo has launched a new device called the ‘Photon Max Wi-Fi Duo’ priced at Rs 2899, which enables Wi-Fi internet on the go. The device also features a 4400 mAh battery power bank and comes with a 32GB MicroSD card slot, which acts as personal cloud storage.

The device can connect up to five devices to the internet at the same time, including smartphones, TVs, consoles, tablets etc. The built-in battery power bank provides battery backup to the device, while also being able to charge smartphones when necessary. Additionally, if equipped with a microSD, the device can configure the card to be used by a single device, in Wi-Fi sharing mode with multiple local devices and as cloud storage to access the data from any internet connected device.

Photon Max Wi-Fi Duo

Photon Max Wi-Fi Duo currently comes with free roaming across India, and with up to 9.8mbps download speed and up to 3.6mbps upload speed. Tariff plans for the device range between Rs 650 and Rs 1250 for unlimited plans with speed throttling at 3GB to 30GB, and Rs 300 and Rs 450 for usage based plans for 1GB and 2GB respectively.

The device is an interesting one by Docomo and seems ideal for frequent travellers especially with on the go smartphone charging capabilities and all India free roaming. The upto 32GB of cloud storage space will also benefit those working on multiple devices across locations. It seems like the company is currently only testing waters though, as the device is available only at its brand stores in Delhi and Mumbai.

Other developments:

– Last month, Tata Docomo had tied-up with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to launch public Wi-Fi service in the Connaught Place area in Delhi. Earlier this year, the company had revealed plans of setting up 4,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in nine cities across India over the next two years. It had previously started setting up Wi-Fi hotspots at airports, restaurants, cafes and other businesses last year, including Wi-Fi hotspots in Delhi and Hyderabad airports and Starbucks outlets across India.

–  In September this year, the company had launched a handset protection service called ‘SimplySwap’ for its postpay customers in Hyderabad. The service lets existing customers swap their current handset with a “like for like” handset for no reason whatsoever, by paying a small fee.

– Docomo had also partnered with YouTube and Apalya Technologies to introduce a 3G streaming plan for YouTube in July and had started letting subscribers use Truecaller without data charges in April. The same month, the company went through a major facepalm, when it forgot to renew its domain.