DataWind Plans To Offer Data At Rs 200 Per Month
Canadian mobile device maker DataWind, known for making low-cost tablets and smartphones, has plans to invest Rs 100 crores in telecom services business. Datawind will provide Rs 200 per year data services for first six months from getting a license.
Currently, the company has applied for a pan-India virtual network operator (VNO) licence in the country. It will be able to offer mobile telephony and data services once the license is granted, though only in partnership with existing telecom operators.
During the launch of first Punjabi Education Tablet, DataWind President and CEO Suneet Singh Tuli said – “We are hoping that we should get the licence in a month or so. DataWind will invest Rs 100 in the first six months to launch the business with focus on data services,”
The DataWind 3G enabled Vidya Tab-Punjabi was launched in the presence of Canada’s Minister of small business and tourism Bardish Chagger and High Commissioner of Canada to India Nadir Patel. This device will be priced around Rs 3999/-
DataWind plans to even beat Jio offers by having plans to offer data plans that will not cost Rs 20 per month or less. Presently Jio Rs 300 plan is affordable to people spending Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 per month, who are around 300 million people. The rest of the people spend around Rs90 a month and for them, it’s not that cheap
Tuli said the company plans to offer data plans that will not cost Rs 20 per month or lesser. Jio’s Rs 300 plan is affordable for those who have been spending Rs 1,000-1,500 per month. This would be only top 300 million people. Rest of the people spend around Rs 90 a month and for them, it’s not that cheap. He further stated that they will see to it that the one-year data service should not be more than Rs 200.
On questions regarding Reliance Jio providing unlimited calls and
SMS for Rs 303 a month starting April 1 which includes 1GB data with 4G speed per day to those who register for its prime service offer before March 31. Tulli said DataWind will look at providing 3G or 4G speed for which details are being worked out.