Maker of low cost Aakash tablet, Datawind, is going to launch a Rs 3,000 smartphone bundled with free internet on March 17.
As per a BGR report, the company is in talks with a private operator to launch mobile phones with free internet basic services for one year. It had raised around Rs 150 crore from its initial public offering (IPO) and all that is earmarked for this project.
The smartphone will come with 4-inch display, 1.2 GHz processor and will run on Android KitKat. There will also be a cheaper variant which will come with cheaper support and both these smartphones will come bundled with free Internet for a year. This is not the first time when Datawind has offered free internet connectivity to its users. In 2014, the company had announced that those buying its Ubislate tablets through South Indian retail chain UniverCell, will get free internet for a year.
The coming smartphone will competing with Spice Mobiles’ Firefox OS powered smartphone Fire One Mi-FX 1, priced at Rs 2299.
On a similar front, Google is working on non-zero rating plans, where it partners with carriers and developers to eliminate or lower the data usage and data charges. Opera unveiled App Max, which allows access select Android apps at no data charges. Facebook partnered with RCom to launch Internet.org in India, to offer free access to as many as 33 websites.