India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel today announced two new ‘effectively’ low-cost 4G smartphones with Karbonn Mobiles, continuing its offensive in the Indian telecom market that has seen an onslaught of bundled offerings in the last few months. Launching the two new Android-based 4G smartphones ‘A1 Indian’ and ‘A41 Power’ “at the price of a feature phone”, Airtel said the devices would be available at an “effective price” of Rs 1,799 (against MRP of Rs 4,390) and Rs 1,849 (against MRP of Rs 4,290) after taking into account the cash refunds on offer. Both 4G smartphones come bundled with Airtel’s monthly pack of Rs 169. “The launch is part of Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative, which is aimed at enabling every Indian to buy a 4G smartphone and get on to the digital superhighway,” the Airtel statement said. Over the last few weeks, telecom service providers have joined forces with mobile phone manufacturers to bring bundled 4G smartphones that give consumers attractive combination of low-cost handset along with voice and data plans. To counter JioPhone, Bharti Airtel has teamed up with Celkon and Karbonn Mobiles to offer low-cost bundled 4G smartphones. Vodafone India too has partnered with mobile handset firm… Read full this story
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