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Nokia India’s Mystery Competition – Promises An Amazing Adventure, Invitations To Events & More

Nokia India is running a competition on its Facebook page that challenges you to think out of the box. Up for grabs is an ‘amazing adventure’ that promises sneak previews of Nokia devices and exclusive invites to events among other things. Once you’re on their Facebook page, all you need to do is enter a few details about yourself, answer a few questions and hope to be picked for the adventure.

There is no indication about what devices will you able to preview, but considering the fact that the Lumia 800 is coming to India before the end of the year, I’m sure access to Nokia’s Windows Phones will be on the cards.

Head over to Nokia India’s Facebook page to take part.

Video: NFC Demos On The New Symbian Belle Devices, Plus The Furture Of NFC Apps

Nokia India recently had an event about its latest NFC devices like the Nokia 701, 700 and the 600, all of which run Symbian Belle. Since a bunch of us were together, we decided to get in front of the camera and demo some of the NFC functionality that’s ready to be used by the consumers.

We demo Angry Birds Magic, the game that lets you unlock levels using NFC, NFC pairing, transferring photos using NFC and using NFC tags amongst other things. We wrap the video up by talking about the future of NFC apps.

In case you are wondering, the people in the video are me (@v4ibhav), Clinton Jeff (@clintonjeff), Vikas (@tsuvik) and Nikhil Pai (@NikhilPai).

So what do you think does NFC hold for us in the future. Let us know!

Nokia India’s Fun ‘Direct The Drama’ Contest

Nokia India is having a fun little contest which can win you a Nokia smartphone while entertaining you at the same time. The concept is delightfully simple, you visit the contest page and see three characters struggling to find answers to, as Nokia puts it – ‘life’s epic dramas’. Each time you are presented with three options and clicking on each plays a short video clip and you know whether you helped out, or made sure that the guy never got the girl.

Nokia India's Fun 'Direct The Drama' Contest

One of the three is the right answer in which the character uses an app to find their way out of the situation. Once you get the right answer, you move onto the next drama and the story keeps on unfolding. Clicking on the ‘wrong answers’ is fun too, the schadenfreude you experience is entertaining.

Nokia India's Fun 'Direct The Drama' Contest

Finally you reach this page, where you get to play director (scriptwriter technically). Click though to Facebook and pen how you think would the story progress. Make sure you use three apps made for Nokia devices in your story, and who knows, you might win yourself a Nokia smartphone!

A good way to kill time on a weekend. Check it out here.

Nokia India’s Official Statement On ‘Govt. Bans Nokia Messaging’ Reports

There have been numerous reports about how the DoT has banned Nokia’s popular Nokia Messaging services in India. However, as you many have noticed Nokia Messaging continues to run just fine till date, so I reached out to Nokia India to request an official response.

Nokia India's Official Statement On 'Govt. Bans Nokia Messaging' Reports

Here is what they have to say:

“As we have not received the mentioned notice, we are not able to comment on it.

Our push email services are operator agnostic and can be experienced by consumers across operator networks on a host of Nokia devices. At this time we are not aware of any operator restriction on access by consumers to our service.

It is our endeavor to fully comply with all applicable legal requirements wherever we operate. In offering our services in India, we have adhered to the rules and regulations required by the Indian Government and will continue to do so in the interest of national security and public safety”.

That’s more than enough reassurance from Nokia. Its basically saying that right now there seems to be no problem and if the government in fact does put its foot down, Nokia is more than willing to comply with whatever requirements the government lays out. This is in line with their previous statement given on August 30 that they will setup servers in India to facilitate compliance. The bottomline seams to be that unlike BlackBerry, which refuses to allow the government to monitor email on its services and risks a complete ban, Nokia will take all steps necessary to make sure that there is no outage.

[Update: Nokia’s India servers have been up since December.]

That’s not all, R Chandrashekhar, Secretary, Department of Telecom has in an interview to Business Standard stated that, no directions have been issued to Nokia to ban its push-mail services.

Q. Has the department (DoT) issued any directive to Nokia for banning of its push-mail services?

A. We have not issued any such directive but there have been some references from the home ministry and security agencies saying that such services should not be allowed. We have, so far, not issued a ban or any blanket ban on such services. We are still looking at such security issues internally. All the services which use encryption in one form or the other are being looked at. The issues here are not company-specific, but being looked at from a generic point of view and what is required from a security point of view.”

Fair enough.

Its sometimes funny how the Internet spins things out of proportion.

Reliance Mobile Brings Operator Billing To The Ovi Store In India

Paid applications had been absent from the Indian Ovi Store for a few days now, now we know why – the Ovi Store backend was being overhauled to put operator billing in place. Nokia and Reliance Mobile at a joint event in Mumbai today announced that operator billing was coming to Indian consumers on Reliance Mobile’s networks, making it the first such tie up in India.

(Prashant Gokarn, Reliance Mobile & V Ramnath, Director – Operator Channels, Nokia India at the Mumbai Announcement)

The app prices will be shown in Rupees and the ability to pay via the operator would be available to both prepaid and postpaid subscribers. The Ovi Store globally sees 4 million downloads a day, but in India this figure rises to 4.5 million a day.

There is no word on the proposed revenue sharing between Nokia and Reliance. What will be interesting to see is if the other operators also come on board with Nokia, specially since like Reliance, Airtel and Aircel already have their own App Stores. In any case, this is great news for Nokia users in India, specially those who hated the credit card only payment option.

[Image Credit: Telecom Talk]

Live From Nokia India’s Conversations Event: Demystifying 3G

Live From Nokia India's Conversations Event: Demystifying 3G I’m in New Delhi for Nokia India’s Nokia Conversations event which is an industry platform that aims to bring together decision makers  and stakeholders from various industries to discuss and debate  industry relevant issues and key developments in the telecom sector. Started in late 2008, Nokia Conversations has explored topics ranging from The Rural Opportunity in India to Infrastructure Issues to Monetizing Music Piracy.

Today Nokia India is hosting the 6th episode and the theme is ‘Demystifying 3G for the consumer’ and it is being held in partnership with NDTV Profit.

It aims to help consumers understand 3G better by providing perspectives on different aspects of the technology that directly impact them such as what minimum speeds to expect, what kind of services will be on offer and how different the experience will be compared to what is available today, what to keep in mind while evaluating a 3G handset, privacy and data protection legislations to protect their interests, and current applications/platforms available and future applications in the pipeline among others.

The panelists include:

  • Sanjay Kapoor, CEO, Bharti Airtel
  • Kunal Bajaj, Director, Analysis Mason India
  • David Dean, Senior Partner & Managing Director, BCG Germany
  • Vamshi Krishna Reddy, CEO & Co-founder, Apalya Technologies
  • D Shivakumar,VP & Managing Director, Nokia India

Live coverage of the event starts at 7 pm IST and you will be able to follow it below. You can also follow updates on Twitter @TheHandheldBlog and can follow me @v4ibhav for general talk around the event.