Mobile Phone Vs SIM Only Contracts

Even with the technological gadgets becoming more affordable, mobile phones become more and more expensive. This is particularly popular with the smartphones. This, however, has started getting a replacement with the increased use of the SIM only and phone contract plans. A SIM only contract is a plan that covers a mobile service only. Payments are made for the SIM only. A phone contract is whereby one pays relatively high monthly expenses that includes the phone and the SIM. The sim only contract is generally better because of its low monthly expenses.

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The following is the discussion of a Phone vs Sim Only Contract:
A SIM only contract is generally cheaper. This is because the monthly expenses paid are only for the SIM services and do not include the phone prices. This contract however has high initial capital that will be required to fully purchase the phone. This is because it demands that the buyer purchase the phone outright. In a phone contract, the monthly expenses are very high indeed. They include both the SIM service expenses and the phone payments because at the time of acquiring the phone, a very little amount is paid for it. In comparison of the two contracts, SIM only contract is far better than the phone contract because after purchasing the outright, the buyer will be able to concentrate on other developmental projects rather than continuous high monthly payments like the case of phone contracts which stagnates the buyer.
A SIM only contract allows for freedom of choosing the time that you can change your allowance or the phone. This is because the contract is not binding in that, with the high initial capita, it allows the purchaser to sell the phone whenever he or she feels like it. With the phone contract, the purchaser is not allowed to tamper or even sell the phone because technically, the phone is not theirs. This is because of the low initial cash that was paid hence failing to transfer the ownership to him or her. In the case of Phone vs Sim Only Contract this variation renders the SIM only contract as the better one due to the freedom granted.
For SIM contracts, one can choose the network they like because the handset is unlocked. This freedom of choice is impacted by the fact that the purchaser paid reasonable amounts at the purchasing point. In phone contracts, the purchaser does not get freedom of using their network of choice. This is because the ownership of the handset is still with the seller and therefore the handset is usually locked. This clearly shows that the SIM only contract is far better than the phone contract because different people use different networks with different reasons that favor them.
In SIM contracts, the customer gets a pay as you go mobile plan. This is where the user only pays for what they use with each minute and text incurring its own charge. However, in a phone contract, this is not the case. The user pays for a lot more expenses that includes the phones price even two years after the contract was signed. SIM contract is better in that it allows the user to relax and enjoy the phones capabilities without a lot of pressure from the monthly payments.
Basically, in a Phone vs Sim Only Contract discussion, the SIM contract has many advantages than the phone contract. It is a cheaper plan and has less monthly financial pressure, because phone contracts requires continuous flow of funds from the user’s sources.

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T-Mobile Fined $48 Million for Slowing Down Unlimited Data Plans

T-Mobile Fined $48 Million for Slowing Down Unlimited Data Plans
Federal regulators are slapping T-Mobile with millions of dollars in fines and other requirements after consumers complained that the wireless carrier misled them with its advertising on “unlimited” data.

T-Mobile has agreed to pay $7.5 million (roughly Rs. 50 crores) to the government and to compensate affected consumers with $35.5 million (roughly Rs. 236 crores) worth of additional mobile data and discounts on phone accessories.

The federal probe, which began last year, targeted T-Mobile’s marketing of unlimited data plans. Unlike many phone plans with monthly data caps, unlimited data plans generally don’t charge overage fees when a customer uses too much data. But the FCC said Wednesday it had received hundreds of complaints about T-Mobile degrading the mobile data connections of its most data-hungry unlimited users.

“According to consumers, this policy rendered data services ‘unusable’ for many hours each day and substantially limited their access to data,” the FCC said. It added that T-Mobile didn’t do enough to tell its unlimited data customers that their plans, did, in fact, have some limits.

The news takes on even greater significance in light of the carrier’s efforts to promote unlimited data plans to all its customers. T-Mobile’s fine print states that the top three percent of data users will temporarily have their network usage de-prioritised – that is, kicked to the back of the line – when other customers are trying to use a heavily congested cell site.
The company didn’t respond to a request for comment. Under the terms of the settlement, T-Mobile will also have to provide at least $5 million in free tablets or other devices to children in low-income school districts, as well as free mobile data for their schools and families for four years. As many as 80,000 children are expected to benefit from the program, which begins next October, according to the FCC.

Federal regulators have taken a closer look at “unlimited” data plans and the surrounding marketing. Last year, the FCC proposed a $100 million fine for AT&T over the same issue.

Idea Says Has Provisioned More Interconnection Points for Reliance Jio

Idea Says Has Provisioned More Interconnection Points for Reliance Jio

Idea Cellular on Friday said it has now provisioned 1,865 ports to Reliance Jio for access, from the 565 earlier – a 230 percent increase in capacity.

Idea Cellular recently invited Jio for a discussion to mutually resolve the traffic asymmetry.

“As quality of service for its customers is top priority, Idea has agreed to further enhance capacity in both access and long distance interconnection, by providing over 230 per cent additional capacity, allowing for two-way calling between the networks,” Idea said in a statement.

“With this huge capacity expansion, over 2,100 ports will now be available for traffic between Idea and Jio, allowing sufficient buffer for the future,” it added.

Earlier, Jio said that interconnection points provided by other operators were not sufficient.

“Based on industry practice, 12,500 E1 ports (interconnect points, with technical parameters) are required for 22 million subscribers, details of which have been provided to the members of Cellular Operators’ Association of India,” said a Reliance Industries statement on August 18.

“As against this, the top three operators have released only 1,400 ports so far,” the company said.

A rough calculation suggests that Jio, as per the above-mentioned figures, would need a little over 8,500 ports given a subscriber base of 15 million.

Reliance Jio had officially launched its services on September 5.


Reliance Jio JioFi 4G Hotspot With Oled Display, 2600mAh Battery Launched

Reliance Jio JioFi 4G Hotspot With Oled Display, 2600mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 1,999

  • The new variant is sold at the same price as the original device
  • It sports an Oled display that shows the network strength, battery
  • It is being sold in select cities in India

While Reliance Jio SIM cards remain a difficult thing to obtain, many stores see to have at least replenished their stocks of the Reliance JioFi 4G wireless hotspot. In fact, Reliance Jio has quietly launched a new JioFi 4G wireless hotspot that sports an Oled display and an improved 2600mAh battery. It is currently being sold in few cities in India at a price of Rs. 1,999.


Reliance Jio’s new JioFi is larger than its predecessor and sports a squarish shape with smooth edges. It has a sleek matte finish design, compared to the glossy egg-shaped original JioFi wireless hotspot. However the most notable difference is the Oled display housed on the top. The new Reliance Jio device shows whether the power is on/ off, the amount of battery life left, the 4G signal strength, and Wi-Fi signal strength. The large form can be credited to the 2600mAh battery integrated inside. To compare, the original JioFi had a 2300mAh battery.



Twitter user Raghvendra shared pictures of the new Reliance Jio JioFi, and the images show a vague ‘Designed in India’ logo at the back of the device. One of the major downsides of the new JioFi 4G wireless hotspot is that is has reduced support from 31 devices earlier, to only up to 10 devices, though it should still be plenty for most people. The new Reliance Jio JioFi continues to sport a microSD card (up to 32GB).


As mentioned, the price remains the same as the old variant. Reliance Jio released the JioFi hotspot for Rs. 2,899, but then slashed the price to Rs. 1,999 later. Even on the Reliance JioFi, data is free to use till December 31 under the Jio Welcome Offer. As of now, Reliance Jio has made no statement about what the plans will be post that date, though they are likely to be similar, if not better, than what’s being offered to other Jio SIM card holders.


Reliance Jio JioFi is useful if you want your entire house to go online, and is also portable, which means you can carry the network wherever you go. It comes with a rechargeable battery, and promises up to 5 hours of usage on a single charge. The Reliance JioFi 4G Wireless hotspot also allows you to use 4G LTE on your phone that doesn’t support 4G through the Jio Join app. The app allows you to place calls and send messages through the JioFi.


Reliance Jio SIM Offer Extended to Smartphones by 4 More OEMs

Reliance Jio SIM Offer Extended to Smartphones by 4 More OEMs

Another day, another set of OEMs added to the Reliance Jio SIM offer. Now, if you have a 4G smartphone by Gionee, Karbonn, Lava, or Xolo, chances are you can get your hands on a Reliance Jio SIM for free at at Reliance Digital, Digital Xpress, and Digital Xpress Mini stores as well as select other retail outlets.

While some stores are now offering a Reliance Jio SIM to anyone with a 4G SIM, others are still sticking by the book and providing them only to owners on smartphones that are on the ‘official’ whitelist. So Thursday’s development will be music to the ears of those owning smartphones by the four manufacturers.

If you have one of these smartphones, you can get a Reliance Jio SIM by following the steps indicated below:

Gionee phones
E8, F103 Pro, F103(1GB), F103(2GB), F103(3GB), M4, M5, M5 Lite, M5 Lite CDMA, M5 Plus, P5L, S Plus, S6, S6s, S7, V6L

Karbonn phones
Aura 1, Aura Power, Quattro L45 IPS, Quattro L50 HD, Quattro L51 HD, Quattro L52 VR, Quattro L55 HD

 Lava phones

A71, A72, A76, A76 Plus, A88, A89, A97, Ivory s 4g, Lava V5 M, Pixel V2, V2s, X10, X11, X12, X17, X28, X38, X41, X41 Plus, X46, X50, X50 Plus, X81

Xolo phones
Black-1X M, era 1X, era 2X, era 4G, era 4K, era X

How to get Reliance Jio SIM without Lyf phone:

  1. Download & Open MyJio App from Play Store
  2. Tap on Get Jio SIM on the Banner
  3. Tap on Agree & Get Jio offer
  4. Select your location from the drop down
  5. Read through the steps and click on Next
  6. Offer Code can be viewed on the screen. Note down your offer code.
  7. Check the required documents for submission and visit the nearest Reliance Store.


The Reliance Jio SIM is also available to owners of the following phones using the above method and forall Lyf-branded smartphones:

Samsung phones
Grand Prime 4G, Galaxy J1, Galaxy J2, Galaxy J7, Galaxy J5, Galaxy S5 Plus, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy Core Prime 4G, Galaxy S6, Galaxy J3 (2016), ON7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy S6 Edge, ON5, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note 4 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 Duos, Galaxy S5 Neo, S7, Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2016), S7 Edge, A8 VE, J5 (2016), J7 (2016), ON5 Pro, ON7 Pro, Galaxy J2 (2016), J Max, Galaxy A9, Galaxy A9 Pro, Galaxy C5, Galaxy C7, Galaxy J2 Pro, Galaxy Note 7.

LG phones
K332 (K7 LTE), K520DY (Stylus 2), K520DY, H860 (LG G5), K500I (X Screen), K535D (Stylus 2 Plus), LGH630D (G4 Stylus 4G) & LGH 442 (LGC70 Spirit LTE)

Micromax phones
Bolt Selfie, Canvas 5, Canvas 5 Lite, Canvas 5 Lite Special Edition, Canvas 6, Canvas 6 Pro, Canvas Amaze 4G, Canvas Blaze 4G, Canvas Blaze 4G Plus, Canvas Evok, Canvas Fire 4G, Canvas Fire 4G plus, Canvas Fire 6, Canvas Juice 4G, Canvas Knight 2, Canvas Mega 2, Canvas Mega 4G, Canvas Nitro 4G, Canvas Pace 4G, Canvas Play 4G, Canvas Pulse 4G, Canvas Sliver 5, Canvas Tab, Canvas Unite 4, Canvas Xpress 4G, Unite 4 Plus, Unite 4 Pro

Yu phones
Yu Yureka, Yu Yutopia, YU Note, Yu Yuphoria, Yunicorn, Yunique, Yuphoria, Yureka Plus, Yureka S

Asus phones
ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL), Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML), Zenfone Max (ZC550KL), Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 (ZE500KL), Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML), Zenfone Selfie( ZD551KL), Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE601KL), Zenfone Zoom(ZX551ML), Zenfone Go 5.0 LTE (T500), Zenfone 3 ZE552KL, Zenfone 3 Laser( ZC551KL), Zenfone 3( ZE520KL), Zenfone 3( ZS570KL), Zenfone 3( ZU680KL)

Panasonic phones
ELUGA L, ELUGA Switch, ELUGA Icon, T45, ELUGA I2 ( 1GB ), ELUGA L2, ELUGA Mark, ELUGA Turbo, ELUGA Arc, ELUGA I2 2GB, ELUGA I2 3GB, ELUGA I3, ELUGA Icon 2, ELUGA A2, ELUGA Note, P55 Novo 4G, ELUGA Arc 2, P77

TCL phones
FIT 5.5, Pride T500L, TCL 560, TCL 562

Alcatel phones
OneTouch X1, Pixi 4 -5, POP Star, POP3, POP4


Reliance Jio had earlier announced the extension of its Jio Preview offer to owners of Micromax, Yu, Asus, Panasonic, TCL, and Alcatel 4G smartphones. At the moment, a Reliance Jio SIM comes with 3 months of unlimited calling, data, SMS, and access to Jio services like JioOnDemand.

Reliance Jio – which is currently testing its network – is expected to do a commercial launch of its network in the ‘coming months’, according to Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries Limited Chairman. Ambani is said to have recently met Telecom Secretary JS Deepak to discuss rollout plans for Reliance Jio, which has accused incumbent players of not releasing sufficient interconnection ports during its test run of services.


Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL, Idea Offer Free Data, and More

Telecom operators are leaving no stone unturned to woo consumers at Diwali, popularly known as the festival of lights in India. Soon after Vodafone announced a special Diwali offer that will offer users 100MB of free data on November 11, Idea and Bharti Airtel have also come with offers for their subscribers.

Idea Cellular has introduced its all-new Idea Freedom Packs with which the company is targeting limited subscribers including students, housewives, and new users. Under the new Idea Freedom Pack (available only for prepaid users), the company is offering up to 300MB 2G data at Rs. 100 and up to 500MB 3G data at Rs. 175. Both the packs come with a validity of 28 days.

Announcing the new packs, Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular said, “Idea Freedom packs target those consumers who want to stay digitally connected throughout the month, however at 30-40% lower costs. These packs would help us enhance convenience for prepaid customers, who have to otherwise depend on multiple sachet recharges to manage their costs and internet needs throughout the month. These packs could serve as a one stop solution for them.”

Bharti Airtel, on the other hand, has announced multiple offers catering to various subscribers. The latest pack from Airtel offers new smartphone users up to Rs. 750 for signing up for the company’s data packs. The company late last month had introduced 50 percent daily cashback offer for mobile data. Airtel subscribers under the offer received daily morning credit of 50 percent of data, be it 2G ,3G or 4G, that they consumed between 12am to 6am.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced two special recharge vouchers that come with reduced call rates and also offer free talk-time. The new special tariff vouchers include STV35 (Rs. 35) offering local and STD voice calls to any network at Rs. 0.20 per minute, and STV48 (Rs. 48) offering 80 free minutes on local and STD calls on any network on national roaming. The company has confirmed that the special vouchers can be only availed till November 17. Notably, the new special vouchers come with limited validity.

Apart from 100MB free data, Vodafone India for its subscribers in South has also introduced ‘One Rate, One South’ pack in five south states. The Rs. 57 pack will offer outgoing mobile calls (local, STD and while roaming) at Rs. 0.01 per second in South India. The five states which will get the offer include Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu.

Vodafone is also offering its subscribers in Mumbai the chance to win an iPhone 6s by sharing their selfies on Facebook with hashtag Vodafone Diwali (#VodafoneDiwali).

Telecom Firms Gear Up for Deals as Competition Heats Up

India’s crowded telecoms sector is preparing for a long-awaited shake-up as highly indebted players jostle for access to costly airwaves and brace for the launch of a deep-pocketed new rival backed by India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani.

Ambani owns oil-to-retail conglomerate Reliance Industries, which is expected to begin offering fast data services across India by early 2016.

With about 980 million wireless users, India’s mobile market trails only that of China. But despite impressive growth rates, many firms are struggling with balance sheets stretched by costly spectrum auctions and rock bottom tariffs, making the telecoms sector in India prime for mergers and consolidations.

In the first such move in seven years, Reliance Communications (RCom), owned by Ambani’s younger brother and rival Anil, has agreed to buy Russian group Sistema’s Indian mobile phone business.

“One thing is clear: India has too many players and too much regulation in this space. Not everybody can make a profitable business out of it on a sustainable basis,” said a telecoms and technology M&A banker with a leading US bank.

“The dealmaking conditions were ripe for many years, but the push is now coming from Reliance’s entry into the sector,” he said. “There will be a few more deals happening over the next couple of years, and some (players) will fall by the wayside.”

The arrival of Reliance Industries into the sector, under the brand name Jio, will further squeeze players such as RCom and Bharti Airtel.

Bankers expect smaller players to be pushed into the arms of larger rivals, bulking up to battle Reliance’s Jio.

Currently most carriers operate on wafer-thin margins, with 8 of the dozen carriers, including Aircel a unit of Malaysia’s Maxis Communications Bhd and Tata Teleservices, holding a market share of less than 10 percent, according to sector regulator Trai.

Players including Aircel, which owns coveted 3G and 4G spectrum, could be a likely buyout target, analysts and bankers said, in a market overshadowed by large players including Bharti Airtel and the Indian unit of Vodafone. Aircel did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Tata Teleservices, the seventh-biggest mobile operator, is, according to sources, looking for a buyer for the stake Japan’s NTT DoCoMo owns in the joint venture. DoCoMo decided to pull out last year, as the JV did not meet performance targets.

RCom’s Monday deal gave it access to more high-speed fourth-generation spectrum that Sistema owned, critical at a time when there is a huge demand for quality and fast data connection as more Indians access the Internet through their smartphones.

Others will follow suit, bankers and analysts said.

“The industry world over has three to five major players. India has to follow that,” said Hemant Joshi, a partner at consultancy Deloitte in India.

Alcatel’s Strategic Undersea Cables Unit to Be Swallowed by Nokia

Alcatel-Lucent said on Tuesday it will not sell its undersea cables unit, meaning the strategic business which underpins the global Internet will be taken by Nokia once it completes its acquisition of the Franco-American group.

The Finnish firm said in April the EUR 15.6 billion (roughly Rs. 1,11,079 crores) acquisition of network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent as they aim to better compete with market leader Ericsson and low-cost Chinese powerhouse Huawei.

Alcatel had previously said it planned to sell a majority stake in Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) or list the business separately, but in a statement on Tuesday, said it had opted to keep the unit instead.

That means the division, which has facilities in Calais, France and Greenwich, Britain, on the site where the world’s first transatlantic cable was manufactured in 1858, will become part of the new Nokia group once the acquisition is complete.

Ministers had envisaged asking the French sovereign fund to take a stake in ASN, to ensure it keeps activities that are strategic to France’s surveillance apparatus on French soil.

Asked about possible government concerns, a spokesman for Alcatel-Lucent said France was not opposed to the submarine cable unit being bought by Nokia.

“We constantly exchange with the government, they are aware of our decision,” the spokesman said. “This will be part of discussions, but there was no objection,” he added.

Michel Combes, Alcatel-Lucent’s former CEO, had said in April the undersea cable business would not be sold to Nokia and would either be spun off as a private company or floated in an initial public offering.

France’s economy ministry had no immediate comment.

ASN has more than 575,000 kilometres of fibre-optic cable systems deployed worldwide, along with the maintenance of 330,000 kilometres of undersea systems.

UK Spies Can Hack Smartphones

British spies can hack into phones remotely with a simple text message and make audio recordings or take photos without owners knowing, former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said on Monday.

“They want to own your phone instead of you,” the whistleblower said in an interview with the BBC’s Panorama programme, referring to Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) agency.

Snowden claimed that GCHQ used a series of interception tools called “Smurf Suite”, after the blue cartoon characters, The Smurfs.

“Nosey Smurf” enabled spies to switch on a smartphone’s microphone even if the phone was off, he claimed.

Other programmes used by GCHQ were nicknamed “Tracker Smurf” and “Dreamy Smurf”, which allows phones to be switched on and off remotely, Snowden said.

He said the text message sent by GCHQ to gain access to the phone would not be noticed by its owner.

“It’s called an ‘exploit’,” he said.

“When it arrives at your phone it’s hidden from you. It doesn’t display. You paid for it but whoever controls the software owns the phone,” he added.

The BBC said the government had declined to comment in line with usual policy on intelligence matters.

Snowden, who has been charged by the US with espionage and theft of government property after leaking documents to the media about digital espionage, has been living in exile in Russia since June 2013.

The British government is planning legislation that would give more powers to intelligence agencies to monitor online activity to investigate crime.

Millions of T-Mobile Customers Exposed in Experian Breach

Experian Plc, the world’s biggest consumer credit monitoring firm, on Thursday disclosed a massive data breach that exposed sensitive personal data of some 15 million people who applied for service with T-Mobile US Inc.

Connecticut’s attorney general said he will launch an investigation into the breach.

Experian said it discovered the theft of the T-Mobile customer data from one of its servers on Sept. 15. The computer stored information about some 15 million people who had applied for service with telecoms carrier T-Mobile during the prior two years, Experian said.

T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere said the data included names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers and passport numbers. Such information is coveted by criminals for use in identity theft and other types of fraud.

“Obviously I am incredibly angry about this data breach and we will institute a thorough review of our relationship with Experian,” T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere said in a note to customers posted on the company’s website. “But right now my top concern and first focus is assisting any and all consumers affected.”

The Experian breach is the latest in a string of massive hacks that have each claimed millions – and sometimes tens of millions – of customer records, including the theft of personnel records from the US government this year, a 2014 breach on JPMorgan Chase and a 2013 attack on Target Corp’s cash register systems.

It is also the second massive breach linked to Experian. An attack on an Experian subsidiary that began before Experian purchased it in 2012 exposed the Social Security numbers of 200 million Americans and prompted an investigation by at least four states, including Connecticut.

Experian on Thursday said it had launched an investigation into the new breach and consulted with law enforcement.

The company offered two years of credit monitoring to all affected individuals. People, however, said that they did not want credit protection from a company that had been breached.

Legere responded by promising to seek alternatives.

“I hear you,” he said on Twitter. “I am moving as fast as possible to get an alternate option in place by tomorrow.”

Experian said the breach did not affect its vast consumer credit database.

Legere said no payment card or banking information was taken.

T-Mobile had nearly 59 million customers as of June 30. A representative for the carrier said that not all 15 million of the affected applicants had opened accounts with T-Mobile.

The telecom carrier’s shares were down 1.3 percent in extended trading after closing little changed at $40.13 on the New York Stock Exchange.

In the earlier data breach affecting Experian, a Vietnamese national confessed in US court last year to using a false identity to opening an account with the unit, known as Court Ventures, sometime before Experian purchased it in 2012.

A spokeswoman for Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said on Thursday that it would investigate the latest attack.

The spokeswoman, Jaclyn Falkowski, declined to elaborate on the T-Mobile incident, but said the investigations of the Court Ventures matter “is active and ongoing.”