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Datawind to launch free internet bundled 4G smartphones

Datawind is all set to launch its 4G smartphone range in India, starting at a price tag of Rs 3,000 by next month, according to this PTI report. The company plans to roll out devices with a low-cost price range of Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 and will come bundled with 1 year free Internet browsing. The devices will have 1 GB/2 GB/3 GB of RAM with internal memory of 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. Note that in March last year, the company unveiled low-cost 3G smartphones starting at Rs 3,000 bundled with free internet plans. The company first entered the smartphone market in December 2013 with 3 smartphones starting from Rs 3,499. Sources close to the company confirmed the 4G phone launch plans with MediaNama. The company will be providing data services via the MVNO route although the person said that the company plans to launch this by Diwali. Datawind was one of the 70 companies that sent in an application with DoT for an MVNO license; note that sources close to DoT told MediaNama that MVNOs are now allowed to take data services from multiple operator’s instead of just one operator. More here. Devices and earlier tie-ups The company already has a range of low-cost smartphones and tablets; it also offered free internet packs through tie-ups with telcos like Reliance Communications. Datawind manufacturers its own devices locally through its manufacturing plants in Hyderabad and Amritsar. It’s worth noting that last year Datawind had tied-up with mobile devices…

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