Bharti Airtel has launched its Xstream Box and Xstream Stick in India, as part of the rebranding of its Airtel TV platform to Airtel Xstream.
The Airtel Xstream Stick is available on Flipkart as well as Airtel retail stores, Airtel.in, Croma and Vijay Sales. The Xstream Box, on the other hand, will be made available on Amazon India apart from the stores mentioned for the Xstream Stick. The company is touting the Xstream Box set-top box to combine both satellite TV and OTT content, something its Airtel Internet TV set-top box already offered.
Airtel Xstream Box
The Airtel Xstream box is priced at Rs 3999 for new users, however existing users of Airtel Digital TV can upgrade to the new set-top-box at a discounted price of Rs 2249. The box will have the option to choose from over 500 TV channels, and can also access content via the preloaded Airtel Xstream app.OTT content partners include ZEE5, Alt Balaji, Eros Now, Hoi Choi, HungamaPlay, Hooq, Ultra, ShemarooMe, and Curiosity Stream.
The Xstream box runs on Android 9.0 Pie, which will its users access to the Google Play Store. Users can download different types of apps including entertainment offerings such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube. The Airtel Xstream Box comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, and a built-in Chromecast. The box also supports gaming and streaming in 4K.
Airtel Xstream Stick
The Airtel Xstream Stick is also priced at Rs 3999. It offers most of the features of the Airtel Xstream Box, but without access to DTH channels. Instead, it only offers digital streaming services, with the preloaded Airtel Xstream app. It has Google Play Store support as well that gives users access to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTub. It is based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
The Airtel Xstream Stick offers a built-in Chromecast, features a 1.6GHz processor, Bluetooth v4.2 and a voice search-enabled remote. Those who opt for the Stick will get a free 30-day trial period and will have to subscribe to an annual plan worth Rs 999 thereafter. The company is offering free access to the content subscription plan on Airtel Xstream Stick for its Airtel Thanks Platinum and Gold customers.
Vodafone Idea will now be known as “VI”
Vodafone Idea said on Monday that it is rebranding itself, and Vodafone and Idea brands will now be known as “Vi”. The name Vi is much more than an abbreviation of Vodafone and Idea. VI read as ‘we‘ reflects the collective nature of Indian society, the company said.
Since the merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular, the company has focussed on “integrating the two large networks, our people and processes”, Vodafone Idea managing director CEO Ravinder Takkar said. The rebranding initiative by the company comes amid intense competition in the country’s highly-indebted telecom sector.
“Today I am delighted to present Vi, a brand that will bring important meaning to the lives of our customers. Indians are optimistic and want to get ahead in life,” said Mr. Takkar.
“They would love a credible partner to help them on this journey. Vi’s positioning is built around this promise and will focus on meeting the customer needs to help them thrive,” he added.
Vodafone Plc’s Indian arm had merged with Idea Cellular in August 2018. However, both Vodafone and Idea had maintained two separate brand identities to date.
“The integration of two brands is a culmination of the largest telecom integration in the world,” Vodafone Idea said.
Vodafone Idea is attempting to keep its businesses afloat in India after the Supreme Court, last week, gave telecom companies 10 years to pay adjusted gross revenue dues (AGR) dues.
On Friday, Vodafone Idea had declared its intention to raise fresh capital of up to ₹ 25,000 crores to pay off the hefty dues owed to the government. It plans to raise up to ₹ 15,000 crores through debentures and an equal amount by issuing shares and warrants.
India’s Longest Validity Plan Now Available With BSNL
State-owned telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has unveiled a new prepaid plan that comes with a validity of 600 days. The company has priced this plan at Rs. 2399. But there’s a catch.
The plan was announced by BSNL Chhattisgarh on Twitter. The plan is valid for 600 days, which is the longest plan ever announced by BSNL. Being priced at Rs. 2399, the plan has a FUP (Fair Usage Policy) of 250 minutes per day for outgoing calls to any network in India. Customers will be charged Re. 1 per minute for local and Rs. 1.3 for STD calls after the FUP gets exhausted. The plan also offers free 100 SMSes per day.
However, this plan doesn’t come with data benefits. Subscribers will have to pay 25 paise per MB, customers can also get any add-on data pack according to their choice.
This plan also comes with free BSNL Tunes (caller tune) with a validity period of the first 60 days after activation. Later it will cost Rs. 42 per month.
Long Term Validity Plans from Airtel and Jio
Recently Airtel had also come up with a validity plan of Rs 2498, that provides 2GB 4G data per day for 365 days, It also offers unlimited voice and a bunch of other features like Airtel Xstream Premium subscription, Wynk Music Subscription, Free Zee5 Subscription and much more.
On the other hand, Jio too had unveiled a long term plan for Rs 2399, which provides 2GB data and unlimited access to their entertainment apps such as JioSaawan, JioMovies, etc for a period of 365 days.
Reliance Jio is offering free 2GB data every day
Mukesh Ambani owned telecom operator Reliance Jio never fails to surprise its subscribers. The operator is back again with its free data offer, this time named Jio Data Pack which offers free 2GB 4G data per day. Previously the free data pack was credited to the accounts of its subscribers without any information at the end of March and was valid till April 1.
The telecom giant has once again come up with a plan that provides additional 2GB free data to its users on existing data packs. It will offer free data until the first week of May. Reliance Jio users can avail of this free data offer on the My Plans section in the MyJio app. It is worth noting that accounts of Jio subscribers are being credited with this offer randomly so you may or may get the free data benefits. Users can check the availability for the same on the MyJio app.
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