Idea Cellular has launched a 3G capable dual SIM (GSM+GSM) Android handset ID – 918. The device is priced at Rs. 5,994 and is bundled with benefits worth Rs 2300/- in form of free minutes, 6GB data free Idea TV subscription. This is the third Android handset by Idea but the first ever dual SIM Android handset. 

The device has been manufactured by Alcatel and post purchase service will be provided by Alcatel and not Idea. It comes with a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. The launch appears to be in line with Idea’s stated approach to 3G, of encouraging adoption by launching low cost 3G devices.

Features and Specifications

  • Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 3G capable
  • 2GB SD card
  •  3.2 Megapixel camera on the back end
  •  3.2-inch Capacitive (Multi Touch) screen,
  • Micro SD support up to 32GB
  • Geo-tagging
  • GPS Navigator software
  •  FM radio and MP3 Player
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, Social Media Apps
  • Changable covers in black and white

Content and social network 

The handset comes with data services worth Rs. 2300 with Rs. 259 Idea TV pack. The Idea TV pack offers free subscription to Idea TV for 3 months, 2 GB of data download per month for 3 months, and 10 minutes free every day for 90 days. However, this only a special introductory offer is available for both prepaid and postpaid users.

The device comes pre-loaded with social networking apps such as Twitter, Facebook, Orkut, and content apps such as YouTube apart from the Idea TV feature. Though the device is based on Android operating system the device doesn’t come pre-loaded with Google Play — Android app store from where users can download third party apps. However, users can install Google play separately.

Idea has previously launched two other single SIM android devices — Blade and ID-280. Idea informed us that Idea has sold more than 100,000 devices of Blade and ID-280 as of May 2012. Idea currently has about 9 million 3G subscribers and has more than 25,000 sites setup mostly in tier II and tier III areas.