Posted On October 17, 2016 By In Technology And 318 Views

Airtel vs. Reliance Jio, Google Pixel, Xiaomi Mi Max Prime, Nokia D1C, RIP Note 7

If you are looking for a quick recap of the week’s top tech stories, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s dive straight in. In what was a slow week in terms of launches, Airtel made a splash by launching its V-Fiber ‘superfast broadband’ service in the country, starting with Chennai. The move can be seen as Airtel’s latest move in the battle against Reliance Jio, which is said to be testing a broadband service of its own with speeds up to 1Gbps. The Airtel V-Fiber service – which offers speeds up to 100Mbps – will be rolled out to 87 other cities in India that have Airtel’s broadband service in the coming weeks, starting with Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru. Alongside, Airtel announced that unlimited free voice calling, which was earlier available on select broadband plans, will be extended to all customers. Elections and freebies go hand in hand in India, and it seems televisions and fridges have given way to laptops and mobiles as incentives for votes. Registrations for the Samajwadi Smartphone Yojna, announced last month, opened this week, and users can now register to receive their free smartphone – which, of course, will be distributed only if the Samajwadi Party comes back to power. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 saga finally came to an end, with the company announcing total halt of production and sales of the smartphone. The company did so among reports that it has been unable to figure out why so many Note 7 units have been exploding, with the fiasco set to cost Samsung $5.7 billion. Samsung India is offering customers who pre-booked the Note 7 a chance to buy the Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy S7 Edge, along with a bunch of freebies. All the hoopla around the smartphone hasn’t deterred some people from continuing to use their Note 7, ignoring warnings from all parties, including Samsung, though now carrying even a switched-off Note 7 could land you in trouble.

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