Extends the Pocket Surfer experience to consumers, looks to reaffirms leadership in affordable mobile phone segment in the country
New Delhi, 19 January, 2015: – Focusing on low cost smartphone markets in Tier-II and Tier-III cities, DataWind Inc. (TSX: DW), a leader in the delivery of Internet access in emerging markets,has expanded its portfolio of affordable smartphone maker by launching two new Pocket Surfer smartphones PS 2G4X and PS 3G4Z priced at INR 2499 and 3999 respectively. Both the phones are successors of Pocket surfer phones 2G4 and 3G4 launched in March 2015.Both the phones will make a debut in the market through retail distribution outlets all over India.
The new range of smartphones come bundled with free unlimited internet browsing for one year on Reliance and Telenor connection on prepaid sim cards. The free-access to internet does not include audio/video streaming or local-downloads, which can alternatively be accessed by topping-up using market plans. Both the phones allow the consumers to join the digital age at no extra cost spend on internet plans.
The PocketSurfer 2G4X is a 3.5 inch, Dual SIM, Dual camera, EDGE network compatiblesmartphone and the PocketSurfer 3G4Z is a 4 inch, Dual SIM, Dual camera, 3G network compatible smartphone. Both the phones make use of DataWind’s breakthrough web acceleration technology to deliver the fastest internet browsing experience through the UbiSurfer browser.
The phones run on DataWind’s breakthrough web-delivery platform covered by 18 U.S. and international patents allowing the devices to deliver fast mobile web experience on regular GSM-EDGE based networks. This unique technology reduces bandwidth consumption by factors of 10x to 30x, allowing the delivery of web pages across even congested GPRS networks in 5 to 7 seconds (with even faster speeds on 3G and 4G networks). Not only are the PocketSurfer smartphones priced competitively against regular feature phones, but a year of free bundled web browsing easily delivers more value than even the cost of the phone.
Exemplifying great style combined with superior technology, both the devices aim to be the perfect companion for people who want to stay connected on the move. With access to billions of web pages, at no cost, users can take advantage of content varying from education to entertainmentallowing users to make travel bookings, e-shopping and conduct transactions.
Commenting on the launch, Mr.Suneet Singh Tuli, President& CEO of DataWind Inc. said,“With these phones, we are expanding our portfolio of being a leading player in low cost affordable segment and offering Indian consumers a unique combination of superior technology complemented with unmatched style.As its predecessors, these phones offer the right mix of features and internet connectivity”.
“It reinforces our commitment to massify and democratize technology by empowering the consumers with the best and most unique innovations that offer great value for them. With every product we launch, we want more and more people to join the digital age,” added Mr.Tuli.
DataWind is a leader in low-cost Internet connectivity for emerging markets. DataWind’s mission is to bring the Internet, which has the ability to create tremendous social and economic benefits, to billions of unconnected people in the developing world. The Company’s Internet Delivery Platform offers a low-cost Internet browsing solution by bundling an affordable tablet device with an inexpensive, prepaid, Internet service plan. DataWind has been named to MIT Technology Review’s 2014 annual list of 50 Smartest Companies, and by Forbes Magazine among its annual Impact 15 list of innovators. Headquartered in Mississauga, Canada, DataWind has offices in London, UK; Mississauga, Canada, Amritsar and New Delhi, India.