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Soon after Paytm’s move, MobiKwik has now announced that its users can transfer money from their mobile wallets to any bank account at a zero percent fee. Earlier, the digital wallet company used to charge 4 percent for a non-KYC compliant user and 1 percent fee for a KYC compliant user.

This move comes after PM Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes in the country, leading to a sudden cash shortage and long queues outside banks. This move is aimed to urge merchants to shift to their digital wallet for everyday transactions.

“We support Indian government’s bold currency reform that is a long term move to eliminate black money and corruption in India. However, masses are facing issues in procuring and transacting with cash. To help them overcome this challenge, we have announced 0 percent fee on bank transfers,” co-founder of MobiKwik Bipin Preet Singh said in a statement.

Singh feels that demonetisation will be very beneficial to the digital finance industry. He told Gadgets 360 that he believes that this is a “surgical strike on cash”, and says: “Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000 notes will have lost credibility, they will be seen as insecure. If you’re using any kind of big notes, to pay your household help, for cash on delivery, and so on, it will be less trustworthy. As a customer, you will have a strong pull factor against using cash.”Paytm announced the same move yesterday, however it will levy 1 percent fee for its services. Since the demonetisation announcement, MobiKwik claims to have registered 18 fold growth in transactions.

 
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The craze for iPhones is nothing new, with oft-quoted stories about people selling kidneys to buy the devices, but this one might be a first even among Apple fans. A Ukrainian man has legally changed his named to iPhone 7 to score a free unit of the latest Apple smartphone.

While the smartphone costs approximately $850 in Ukraine, 20-year-old Olexander Turin – now known as iPhone Sim (Sim translates to seven in Ukrainian) – got one for free as part of an electronics store’s promotion offer. Getting his name legally changed to iPhone Sim cost him $2.

Under the promotion, the first five people to change their names to iPhone 7 would get a unit free of cost; however, there have been no reports of others who adopted a new name.

Though initially shocked at the rather absurd change of name, Sim’s family and friends eventually came around and embraced the new moniker. His sister, Tetyana Panina told The Associated Press, “it was difficult to accept that and hard to believe it’s true. Each person in this world is looking for a way to express himself. Why not to do that in this way?”

Sim says that he will stick to the new name for now, but may change it back to his original name when he has children.

This report comes around the same time as the story of a woman in China who made her 20 boyfriends buy her an iPhone 7 each and then sold them all to raise money for the down payment of her new home.

 
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Reliance Jio today announced a partnership with Apple to offer iPhone customers in India a number of offers, including a year of complimentary Jio service worth Rs. 18,000 for retail customers and a 25 percent discount for enterprise customers.

Those who buy a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus as well as the existing iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone SE from a Reliance retail store or Apple authorized store will be eligible for the offer. All Jio users currently benefit from free service under the Reliance Jio Welcome Offer, so the one year of free service kicks in as soon as that offer expires, on December 31 2016. That means those who buy now will get almost 15 months of free service.

In particular, users will get the benefits of Jio’s Rs. 1499 monthly plan: unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice calls, 20GB of 4G data, unlimited 4G data usage at night, 40GB of Wi-Fi data at Jio hotspots, unlimited SMS, and subscription to Jio’s apps. Reliance pegs the value of all this at Rs. 18,000.

Enterprise customers will be eligible for a 25 percent discount and a special tariff plan, but further details of this offer are not available yet. The discount will be upfront rather than implemented as a cashback offer, sources told Gadgets 360. Details will be made available on Jio’s website in a few days’ time.

Sources also indicated that iPhones will not be locked to the Jio network in any way, and that customers are free to use other service providers if they do not want to take advantage of the free service. However, stocks of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are running low, and those who haven’t pre-booked might not find their preferred colour and capacity available.

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Airtel is offering customers of its Infinity postpaid plan 10GB of free 4G/ 3G data per month for a year if they buy the new Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from its retail stores or website.

The free data will be over and above the standard plan; the bundled data for Infinity customers starts at 1GB for Rs 949 and goes up to Rs 20GB for Rs 2,999.

Ajai Puri, Director Operations (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel, said in a statement, “We are delighted to roll out this exciting data offer for our users to allow them to get the most out of the amazing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Customers can now enjoy the latest iPhone on India’s leading mobile broadband network with bundles of data and unlimited voice calling with our Infinity plans.”

In addition to free data, the Infinity postpaid offer comes with free unlimited local calls (and optional free STD calls and free roaming), access to Wynk Music and Wynk Movies, and 100 free SMSs per day. It can also be availed as a postpaid plan for the whole family.

E-commerce websites like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm, Tata Cliq and Infibeam are also providing discounts to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus buyers in the form of cashbacks and exchange offers.

Airtel’s offer was announced a few hours ahead of the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones in India. The latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options in India and will be available in Gold, Jet Black, Matte Black, Rose Gold, and Silver colours.

The 32GB iPhone 7 has been priced at Rs. 60,000, while the 128GB iPhone 7 has been priced at Rs. 70,000, and the 256GB iPhone 7 has been priced at Rs. 80,000. The 32GB iPhone 7 Plus has been priced at Rs. 72,000, the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus has been priced at Rs. 82,000, while the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus has been priced at Rs. 92,000.

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are already up for pre-orders in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, and Australia. In the US, the Pixel smartphone starts at $649.99 (roughly Rs. 43,300), and, in case users decide to buy their Pixel smartphones from the Google Store in the US or Verizon Wireless – the only US carrier to offer the smartphones – they will get a $79 (roughly Rs. 5,300) Daydream View headset free alongside. While this sounds like a lucrative offer, a Google representative has confirmed to Gadgets 360 that no such deal will be available for Indian users. In India, users will have to purchase the Daydream View separately, the India launch details of which still remain unknown.

In India, the pre-sale of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone will begin on October 13 on Flipkart online, and many other retail stores like Reliance Digital and Vijay Sales offline. The smartphone is expected to hit the market sometime late October, and the prices are at – Rs. 57,000 for the 32GB Google Pixel, and Rs. 66,000 for the 128GB Google Pixel smartphone. The larger 5.5-inch Google Pixel XL is priced at Rs. 67,000 for the 32GB, and Rs. 76,000 for the 128GB variant.

As mentioned, the free Daydream View VR headset offer is applicable to Google Store buyers in the US as well as Verizon Wireless buyers, and Indian buyers won’t get this deal. The deal is valid till supplies last on the Google Store. In case Verizon runs outs of Daydream View headsets, users will get a $80 Via Prepaid card instead. To get the free headset, users will need a redemption code, scored from the Verizon Daydream View page.

The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be available in Very Silver and Quite Black variants, and the Really Blue limited variant won’t be coming to India. The smartphones come with unlimited cloud storage, inbuilt Google Assistant, a camera that achieves an 89 score from DxOMark, and is running on the latest Android out-of-the-box.

Google also confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the Nexus range is being put to rest, and all the products have been pulled from the Google Store.

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To compensate those who pre-booked the Galaxy Note 7 in India for the already announced delay in shipments due its worldwide recall, Samsung has announced it will be bundling the new Gear VR headset for free with the headset when it finally ships.

Customers who pre-booked the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will also get a $50 (roughly Rs. 3,300) Oculus content voucher. The South Korean consumer electronics giant has updated its pre-book information page with the information.

To recall, customers who pre-booked the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 were initially offered the new Gear VR headset with a discount as their pre-booking incentive. Priced at Rs. 7,290, pre-booking customers were offered a discounted price of Rs. 1,990.

Early this month, soon after reports started coming in of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones exploding, Samsung announced it was delaying sales until it discovered the cause of the issue. The company later identified a battery fault in some units to be the cause of the fire hazard.
The global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which involves roughly 2.5 million already shipped devices, is estimated to cost the company nearly $1 billion. Of course, this is a measly fraction of the company’s projected income for the year, and some costs are expected to be borne by the offending battery affiliate – Samsung SDI.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was launched in India at Rs. 59,990, and was due to become available from September 2. The variant due to launch in India was a dual-SIM one.

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As part of its efforts to develop Digital Andhra Pradesh, the state government has come up with a new proposal to distribute smart phones to students free-of-cost as an “incentive for innovation”.

The government intends to involve students in spreading “digital literacy” and simultaneously come up with various innovations.

A proposal to incentivise the students by giving them free smart phones was mooted at the state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada on Tuesday.

“It has been agreed in principle to give away smartphones but a final decision will be taken subsequently,” a minister said.

Interestingly, the Telugu Desam Party government is yet to deliver the free mobile phones it had promised to women on the eve of the 2014 elections.

The government has drawn up plans to establish an Innovation Society at state level which will be a first-of-its-kind in the country with a view to promote innovation, incubation and startups.

The society will have branches in each district and a chapter in colleges to involve students and promote innovation.
“We want to enhance digital literacy through the Innovation Society and ultimately create a Digital Andhra Pradesh,” a minister said.

Apart from digital literacy, students would also be involved in water conservation, tree plantation and Swachh Andhra Pradesh programmes as well.

Students from Class 8 to those in engineering colleges would be made to take part in these activities every Saturday.

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Samsung and Reliance Jio have partnered to allow users of select smartphones to avail of the Jio Preview Offer. While the offer was previously only available bundled with the purchase of Reliance Retail’s Lyf brand of smartphones, and the move marks the first time Reliance Jio has tied up with another mobile manufacturer for the preview.

As reported by TechPP, the Reliance Jio Preview Offer gives users of select Samsung smartphones three months of unlimited data, HD voice and video calling, and SMS messages on a Jio SIM, apart from access to Jio applications. The offer is available for both existing and new customers of select Samsung smartphones.

The report lists the eligible Samsung smartphones, all of which are of course 4G-enabled with support for the FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz). The Samsung Galaxy A5, Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7, Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy A8, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 5 Duos, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S7 Edge are reportedly eligible for the offer.

To avail the offer, users of the above-mentioned select Samsung smartphones will have to download the MyJio app. Once they’ve done so, they’ll find an option to Get Jio SIM. Clicking on that will generate a coupon with a barcode and Jio Offer code that mentions a period of validity. The coupon is non-transferable, and can only be used on the device it is generated on. Users will then have to choose which proof of address and proof of identity they would like to submit as verification documents.

After this, users will have to visit their nearest Reliance Digital store to submit their documentation and pick up the free Reliance Jio SIM card. Once they’ve picked up the SIM card, users will need to insert it into their smartphone and then tele-verify it by calling 1977. At that point, users need to open the MyJio app again and avail of the Jio Preview Offer. Once their 90-day preview is up, users will be presented with the option to continue with Reliance Jio’s commercial tariff plan.

Uber redoubled efforts to launch its services in Argentina on Friday by offering five days of free rides even as authorities cracked down on the rideshare company’s operations.

Police raided homes where they believed Uber to be operating out of after a court had ordered the company on Wednesday to suspend operations and launched an inquiry into whether the service presents unfair competition.

“The goal is to reach a ruling that can disable the company,” prosecutor Martin Lapadu told the C5N television channel after ordering the raids.

“We searched for documents, computer files and archive information that may shed light on the company’s methods and commercial style,” he said.

Prosecutors also filed a tax evasion complaint against Uber, which carries possible two to six-year prison sentences, Lapadu said, adding that authorities will seek to block the mobile app next week.

Law enforcement also cracked down on credit cards used in transactions with Uber.

The smartphone app that connects riders and drivers launched in Buenos Aires on Tuesday without authorization, triggering protests by taxi drivers who blocked major avenues and snarled traffic.

Hundreds of taxi drivers protested again on Friday shouting “Uber out!” at various locations around the city, causing more traffic chaos on a day of torrential rain.

City officials met with company representatives on Friday, Deputy Mayor Diego Santilli said.

“We told them: ‘If it’s lawful, yes, but we can’t allow anything outside the law,’” he told television station TN.

The city fined at least two cars found transporting passengers a total of $5,100 on Thursday, he added.

Uber appeared undaunted, using social media on Friday to advertise five days of free trips.

Some 25,000 drivers registered with the company and received 20,000 orders for rides during the first day of operations on Tuesday.

The app registered 90,000 mobile downloads.

The suspension of Uber, which has faced legal complaints in several countries, will remain in effect until a court has made a final ruling, the 15th Circuit Court said.

Although ride-hailing apps have risen rapidly globally to become a booming industry, they face stiff resistance from traditional taxis, bans over safety concerns and questions about legal issues, including taxes.

Licensed taxi drivers, who must undergo hundreds of hours of training in some countries, often complain that Uber drivers do not pay for permits or taxes. They accuse the ridesharing service of endangering their jobs by flooding the market with cheaper drivers who need only a GPS to get around.

Uber argues it is not a transport company like taxi firms, and that it simply connects drivers with passengers.

The Argentine capital’s sprawl engulfs 13 million people, and millions more commute in and out every day. The city has 38,000 taxis.
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