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Samsung Launches F Series Smart TVs in Pakistan

 

Samsung officially announced the launch of its new F Series Smart Televisions for 2013 in Pakistan.

Mr. John Park, MD Samsung Pakistan and Mr. HD Lee, Business Manager Consumer Electronics Samsung Electronics Pakistan were present on the occasion.

Speaking at a press conference, Samsung Pakistan’s Managing Director – Mr. John Park said, “The ethos behind the new series is Samsung’s belief that the television is not only the center of the living room, but also the center of a modern day user’s life. Keeping this in mind, Samsung has focused on Design, Interaction, Sharing and Exploration of new technology to make our new range of TV models even more indispensible to the end user”.

Performance is obviously an important aspect of any television and Samsung has paid heed to this key feature in its new range of televisions. The pinnacle of its capabilities is represented by the 85-inch UHD TV which has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The Smart Hub has been expanded and upgraded to be better than ever before. It has been given a complete facelift and comes with a completely new user interface.

Samsung has also introduced the Evolution Kit for the benefit of those who possess older Samsung models. Just plugging this device in will upgrade older Samsung Smart Hub to the new version. As always, the company has promoted the great synergy between its smartphones, tablets, notebooks and TVs. Amazingly; its customer can mirror their smartphone screen on the television and use their mobile device as a source for video content.

Samsung consistently seeks a deep insight into the changing needs, preferences, lifestyles and traditions of its customers dwelling in all regions of the world. This helps Samsung in creating products that are built to enhance the living standards of the consumers and ensure its customer’s happiness. The new TV series will surely strengthen Samsung’s position further as the dominant leader in the industry.

Zong Launches Youth Specific Offering: Circle

Zong launched a youth brand – Circle – with the tagline “Hamesha Together”. Zong claims to be offering the best rates for the youth. Zong said that the tagline “Hamesha Together” reflects the concept of how important it is for youth to be able to connect and stay in touch with their circle of friends, in order to amplify their life experiences.

Like any other brand, Zong says that it did all the intensive research and testing studies during past year before the launch of Circle.

Circle Launch Photo thumb Zong Launches Youth Specific Offering: Circle

Zong’s Top Management with Circle Team at the Launch Ceremony of “Circle”

Sajid Mehmood, Chief Commercial Officer of ZONG, while commenting on the launch of new brand said:
“The youth form a major bulk of the population of Pakistan, about 63%. This shows that it is our responsibility to to empower the young people in our country and help them build their skills and talent.

ZONG has always supported and encouraged the youth of Pakistan and helped them nurture their talent, through several initiatives in a wide range of areas from sports, fashion, to music. Our new initiative, Circle, offers the cheapest packages to the youth to help them stay in touch with their friends and loved ones, in a simple way”.

Circle Club:

Base tariff for circle customers will be as following:

  • On Net: Rs. 0.90 plus tax per 30 seconds
  • Off-Net: Rs. 0.90 plus tax per 30 seconds
  • Mobile Internet: Rs. 12 per MB
  • SMS: 50 paisas per SMS

Full Gup Shup Voice Bundle:

Circle allows you a bundle pack for all your communication needs in just Rs. 5 per day. Bundle details are as following:

  • Bundle Price: Rs. 5 plus tax per day
  • Free on-net minutes per day: 75
  • Free SMS per day: 500
  • Free MMS per day: 100

Thaka Thak SMS Bundle:

Circle comes with an SMS bundle, with sufficient amount of SMS per day at Rs. 2.5 as daily charges. Below are the details:

  • SMS Bundle Price: Rs. 2.5 plus tax per day
  • Free SMS per day: 500

Cheetah Internet Bundle:

  • Daily Mobile Internet: 4 MB
  • Charges: Rs. 3.99 including taxes
  • Monthly Internet Bundles – that Zong is already offering – can also be availed.

FNF Rates

Once in Circle Club (read below to know how to join), subscribers can avail special hourly discounts on off-net friend and family numbers, while an hourly discounts for all Circle Club members.

Circle Club is like a huge FNF club, where every Circle Club member will become your FNF automatically. Circle Club daily charges are Rs. 2 plus tax.

Circle Club members can avail Special calling Rates and other bundles:

  • On Net FNF: Rs. 0.90 plus tax per hour
  • Off Net FNF: Rs. 0.90 plus tax per minute
  • Unlimited SMS

How to Add FNF

  • All Circle customers are your FNF, while you can add up to 5 off-net FNF numbers as well.
  • To add off-Net FNF dial 900

Club Check:

  • You can check if a certain Zong number is in Circle or not, but texting the number to 4567. If its in Circle, then special on-net FNF rates will apply.

How to Join Circle Club:

  • Dial *456# to Join Circle Club

Circle Club Charges:

  • Charges are Rs. 2 plus tax per day
  • Once Subscribed to Circle Club, you can avail FNF rates, unlimited Daily SMS

Conclusion:

Call and SMS rates are quite competitive.  Not the best in some cases (base tariff for off-net, on-net), but off-net and off-net FNF rates are amazing for Circle Club members.

Circle bundles are impressive too. Their daily voice bundle is probably the industry best. It offers sufficient voice minutes, SMS and MMS to meet all your communicate doze for a day; that too in just Rs. 5 per day.

Brand’s look and feel is exiting and moving. However, its strange – probably coincidental – that Circle is also using Yellow color, which was recently used by Ufone for Uth Pack, its Youth brand.

Here is the Circle website if you need any further information: http://zongcircle.com/

The Most Economic and Reliable Broadband Internet Connection For Pakistanis (Review)

In case you are new to the internet and want a broadband connection that is not only reliable but also light on the pocket, then there is no better option than the PTCL Broadband economy package. Although there are countless other internet service providers as well, but none of them even comes near to providing the quality of service that PTCL does. Internet newbies are usually bombarded with ads from ISPs such as Qubee, Wi-Tribe, LinkDotNet and NayaTel that seem to be great but in reality come with a myriad of hidden costs and outrageous “service, installation and modem charges”. On the other hand, PTCL tries to facilitate every one by customized broadband packages that are meant for people of all ages.

One of the key factors of PTCL broadband economy package is that user is provided with a free Wi-Fi Modem. Other ISPs, however, charge the full modem price beforehand. Another advantage of getting this broadband economy package from PTCL is that you can avail unlimited PTCL to PTCL calls @ Rs. 250 for the whole month.

The only downside, in my opinion, of the PTCL broadband economy package is the 10 GB download limit. That is why this offer isn’t suitable for hardcore internet users relying on downloads, gaming etc. However, for those who just started learning internet essentials, such as browsing and social networking; the offer is great indeed.

Some of package details and key highlights of the PTCL broadband economy package are provided below:

  • Download up to 10 GBs is inclusive in the Package Price
  • Rs.100 per GB will be charged for downloads greater than 10 GBs
  • Total DSL charges will be capped at Rs. 1,500 which means that after 20 GBs the Package will become unlimited.
  • Rs. 1,500 will be charged as downgrade charges from all 1 Mbps and Higher Packages (Student & Regular) if they Opt into this package
  • This Package will be available with PSTN Freedom Package (Rs. 250) for new customers and existing customers can also avail Freedom Package with Broadband Economy Package.
  • PTCL broadband is the most affordable broadband service in the country
  • Seamless experience when streaming and downloading movies, TV shows and music files etc
  • Access to rich HD multimedia resources over the internet
  • Access to free movies, music, classical Pakistani plays, famous cricket matches, educational and religious contents exclusively for PTCL broadband customers   on ‘Buzz’ broadband web infotainment portal

For more details on PTCL’s economy broadband package, you can visit this link or like their Facebook fan page.

PTCL EVO Wingle – Best Internet Modem For Frequent Travelers & People On The Move

There are various internet service providers in Pakistan. These ISPs offer a wide variety of services including DSL internet connectivity as well as pocket modems. However, in case you are in Pakistan and you want maximum connectivity while you are on the go, then PTCL pocket modems and 3G dongles are your best options. Although other ISPs such as WiTribe, Wateen and WorldCall are also providing such modems, but their connectivity capacity is limited and their availability is restricted to a few metropolis of the country.

Contrary to these providers and their internet modems, PTCL EVO Wingle helps you connect to the internet in more than 200 cities, towns and villages throughout Pakistan. The modem offers 9.3 MBPs connectivity in nitro-enabled 200+ geographic locations and auto switches to 3.1 MBPs connectivity in 250 non-nitro coverage areas.

PTCL EVO Wingle

In case you need to connect internet on more than one devices, for instance on your laptop, smartphone and tablet, simultaneously, then PTCL EVO Wingle might be your internet connection modem of choice. The PTCL EVO Wingle is Pakistan’s first ever 3G internet modem with built-in Wi-Fi / Hi-Link capability that allows 5 devices to connect simultaneously. This means that you can connect your smartphone, laptop, Wi-Fi enabled desktop and tablet to the internet simultaneously using a single EVO Wingle device.

The PTCL Evo Wingle works flawlessly with any external USB adapter. This means that you can simply use the brilliant “plug and share” feature of this modem without having to manipulate your Wi-Fi enabled gadget’s settings.

The bottom line is that there is no better alternative to EVO Wingle while you are travelling in Pakistan. You might want to test other ISPs and their modems, but they won’t be able to accompany you as soon as your leave your city or reach the out skirts.

For more details on the PTCL EVO Wingle and the packages, you can head to the following link and join the official Facebook fan page for up to date discount offers and tariff.

Mobilink Posts Flat Revenue Growth During Q1 2013

Mobilink posted a steady increase in revenues in first quarter of 2013 to reach Rs. 27.2 billion, up from 25.9 billion during the same duration a year ago.

Revenues were mainly hit by tough regulatory environment, persistent energy shortage and law and order situation that resulted into government forced network outages.

Mobilink, on other hands, took necessary measures to strengthen its position with given circumstances by mitigating the impact of regulatory restrictions on retail channel sales for new SIMs by changing the distribution structure through direct agreements with selected retailers and focusing on reactivation offers.

Company’s ARPU stood at Rs. 243.9, while mobile data revenues increased by 27%.

Mobilink – in the group financial statement – said that its EBITDA grew 5.5 percent to PKR 11.5 billion from PKR 10.9 billion a year earlier.

Mobilink said that average minutes used per month per user stood at 228, up from 215 during same duration last year.

CCP chairperson, 4 member authority questioned in SHC

KARACHI – Appointment of Chairperson Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) Rahat Konain Hasan and other four members of CCP has been challenged in the Sindh High Court )SHC) Karachi bench here on Monday. Image

Supreme Court lawyer Rana Azmul Hassan had filed a writ petition CP No D 1942 of 2013 through Zia-ul-Haq advocate and contended that appointments of Rahat Konain Hasan and other members were made under competition commission ordinance which had lapsed on 16-08-2010, adding that the present competition commission act 2010 was promulgated on 13-10-2010.

The petitioner contended that notification of appointment was under defunct ordinance and unfortunately, through another notification dated 15.01.201, the federal government erred in law to give retrospective effect of the appointment of the chairperson.
The petitioner further argued in the writ petition that the said appointments have been made in violation of the provision of the competition Act 2010 and Constitution of Pakistan as the notification for appointment of the chairperson and the four members were not validated under the new Competition Act therefore, the notification dated 15-01-2011 was null and void.

Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Shafi Siddiqui of SHC took up the petition on Monday and issued notices for May 30 and sought comments from the federal government on the legality of the appointment of the chairperson and four members of CCP.
It is pertinent to mention here that recently CCP had passed two significant orders on Fauji Fertilizer, Engro Corporation and LDI’s involving more than Rs 15 billion fine and in case of acceptance of the petition status of those orders by CCP, administration would be questioned.

Nokia Announces Dual-SIM Asha 501 Smartphone

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Nokia has announced its Asha 501 smartphone to debut the Asha Platform, claimed by Nokia to offer innovative user interface, a faster and seamless mobile operating system for low-to-mid level smartphones.

Asha 501 comes with solid build and colours at an affordable price. It supports single SIM or easy-swap Dual SIM features.

Design

Nokia says that its Asha 501 offers high-end design and build-quality accessible to more people through this affordable phone. Nokia Asha 501 comes in just two parts: a durable, removable casing and the scratch-resistant glass display, which features a three-inch, capacitive touchscreen and a single ‘back’ button.

Asha weighs only 98 grams and comes in six colours.

User Interface

Asha platform is said to make things easier for people to access anything they like with a simple swipe and a choice of two main screens: Home and Fastlane. Home is a traditional, icon-based view for launching individual apps or accessing a specific feature, like the dialler or phone settings. The new Fastlane view was inspired by how people really use their phone. Recently accessed contacts, social networks and apps, unique to each person, are stored and presented in Fastlane. It provides a record of how the phone is used, giving people a glimpse of their past, present and future activity, and helping them multi-task by providing easy access to their favorite features.

Asha Platform

Nokia has this tendency of introducing various mobile operating platform, but not sticking to anyone. Asha platform is hoped to be more usual for the firm and should become a primary platform for Asha series of phones.

The new Asha platform provides developers with an open, standards-based environment for creating quality apps for consumers. Developers can create apps for the Nokia Asha 501 that will be compatible with future Asha platform-based devices.

Nokia gives developers the chance to make more money through the global reach of Nokia Store and tools like Nokia In-App Payment and Nokia Advertising Exchange (NAX), as well as Nokia’s unparalleled operator billing network.

Nokia said that Asha already offers some popular applications including CNN, eBuddy, ESPN, Facebook, Foursquare, Line, LinkedIn, Nimbuzz, Pictelligent, The Weather Channel, Twitter, WeChat, World of Red Bull and games from Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Indiagames, Namco-Bandai and Reliance Games. WhatsApp and other key partners continue to explore new Asha.

48 Days of Battery

Nokia Asha 501 is claimed to offer whooping 48 days of battery stand-by – when using a single SIM.

Specs of Nokia Asha 501

  • Dimensions:  99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm; 98 grams
  • Camera: 3.2 MP
  • Single SIM standby time: up to 48 days**
  • Dual SIM standby time: up to 26 days**
  • Talk time: up to 17 hours
  • Additional memory of 4GB (card included in box), expandable up to 32GB
  • Forty free EA Games worth €75 downloadable from Nokia Store
  • Available colours: Bright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White and Black

Availability and Price

Nokia Asha 501 is expected to start shipping in June 2013 at around Rs. 10,000 or around.

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