We at PriceBaba are on a mission to bring the mostly internet-disconnected world of mobile phone retailers online. That, and the ton of e-commerce portals in India, you have all the possible information at your fingertips, helping you make a more educated purchase. But here are a few basic tips that you must be aware of, when purchasing products offline or online. Read more →
A smartphone is worthy of being called ‘smart’ only when there are useful apps installed. Here is a list of a few apps that made my life easier and should enhance your smartphone experience.
Flipboard — Your news magazine (Android, iOS, & BB10)
Flipboard is an application which synchronises all news feed in a magazine format. By bringing world news and social feed in one place, it saves the hassles of the user from switching from one app to another. Flipboard can be connected to 12 social networks and it can be easily customized as per the need of the user. Flipboard allows the user to “flip” news like one would do in a magazine. News content which ranges from technology to lifestyle can be accessed and saved for offline reading. It includes a section of “Cover Stories” which serves as highlights. Moreover, you can create your personalised magazine which can be easily shared with everyone. Through this app one can even subscribe to international magazines. Read more →
Today we look at five phones which we think, are in desperate need of a price cut. Phones that have made it to this list are priced unreasonably higher, when compared to other phones in its price range. We’re not saying they’re bad products; just that they could do with a few thousand rupees shaved off their MOP.
HTC Desire 700 Dual SIM, as the name suggests, is a dual SIM smartphone. It supports 2G and 3G data network. The Desire 700 has a 5-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) display, it’s powered by an unspecified Quad-core 1.2 GHz and 1GB RAM. One good thing about this phone is the dual frontal stereo speakers with a built-in amplifier, much like the HTC One mini. Read more →
2013 wasn’t really a good economic year with the rising dollar-to-rupee price but nonetheless, we witnessed a wide range of smartphones being launched. Right from budget phones to premium phones; consumers were bombarded with all. Few phones were pricey when pitted against the competition. Eventually their prices fell down and now here’s the list of the top 5 phones that deserve a mention, now that their prices have come to palatable levels.
1) HTC One Dual SIM (Now Rs. 42,500)
This smartphone has stylish design and stunning looks thanks to an aluminium body that give it a premium feel. The phone sports a 4.7-inch Full HD screen with a pixel density of 468PPI. The phone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip running at 1.7GHz. Although it may not be the latest Snapdragon 800, it is still fairly fast to run Android smoothly. Read more →
We have been blessed to have received great support from all sections of the startup & technology community in India. We sent an email to our friends thanking them for their support and updating about our progress with PriceBaba. Since a lot of our communication happens via startup communities, we consider ourselves responsible to send this update
Thank you for being a support to PriceBaba. We have loved the support and encouragement that the Startup community has provided us over the past two years. As 2013 draws to a close, we wanted to reach out to you and acknowledge you for your contribution to PriceBaba. At the same time give you some updates on how we are doing. Read more →
Hundreds of phones were launched this year. But a few of them definitely have grabbed the world’s attention. Today, we commemorate these heroes as the year ends and hope for awesome products like these in 2014 too! Read more →
Earlier this month the LG Nexus 5 went on sale In India and we were very excited to see a quick launch! However we were surprised to see that the Nexus 5 is priced higher at offline stores than Google’s own Play Store. While it is a well-known fact that Google prefers anything that is online, we are sad to see that offline vendors are deliberately being put on the backfoot by providing them products at a higher cost.
Fact remains, In India most of Nexus 5 sales would come offline! Here is what a source had to tell us about this:
Well, I don’t think this is LG’s decision. Nexus is actually Google’s brand & phone & this decision has been made by them. LG has just contributed in the hardware and having the advantage of using the Nexus brand name :) Thus, I feel Google wants to control everything in the process. Their focus is on getting more customers online and NOT promoting offline sales. And ultimately, they can always use the excuse “we are able to sell it cheaper by not having any retail overheads”.
What is most shocking is that due to the crazy demand & scarcity, people don’t mind spending Rs 1000 more to get what they want. This completely belies all theory that the Indian customer is price conscious. Indian customer is willing to pay any price as long as he gets what he wants & when he wants it! Though it is sad to see consumers being made to pay this premium just because they love to shop offline.
One more factor is that, mobile retailers are used to pathetically low margins! To ensure there is no undercutting on margins & the price, both Google and LG decided not to give more margins on the Nexus. Thus if a retailer sells at Google’s online price, most likely he is either selling at his cost or at a loss.
Update: We just learnt that you don’t get the headset if you buy the Nexus 5 online!
Update 2: We were mistaken, both online and offline versions of Nexus 5 ship with the headset, original report stays true.
Reliance has made quite the splash after announcing the iPhone 5s and 5c will be available at an offer that’s quite similar to the carrier subsidy model that’s prevalent. So how does this deal work and is this for you? Let’s not waste any time in finding out.
How does this deal work?
- You pay 3k a month for the 5s, 2.6k a month for the 5c. This goes on for two years. No down payments or security deposits. After two years, you’ll pay a rent of 1.5k a month.
- This offer works only with certain credit cards (ICICI, HDFC, Citibank and Standard Chartered). If you don’t have these, you’ll need to pay the entire 24 month amount up front.
- The entire amount of the transaction is blocked from your credit limit. You only pay the EMI to your card issuer.
- You get unlimited calling (including STD) messages (including STD but upto TRAI’s limits, which are at 3000 messages a month) and data.
- Benefits are applicable on roaming.
- You can’t use this for commercial purposes or in a data dongle.
- If you make the entire payment up front, you get a 6k discount.
- You only pay more than the 3k you owe if you rack up international calls or messages (international calling/messaging is enabled by default, no deposits necessary).
- These plans are available for new, old and ported (via MNP) customers.
- You aren’t tied into the phone. You can use the phone with a different carrier. You can use this plan on another phone.
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Is this for you?
If you definitely don’t want to use an iPhone (or specifically, either of these two iPhones), then this offer isn’t for you and you should stop reading right now.
If you have a beef against Reliance’s network, you shouldn’t read the rest of this post either.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, lets understand this offer. The correct way to do this is to first check if we are able to recreate the benefits of this offer as if it did not exist and see how much that would cost us. Read more →
iOS 7 was seeded to the iPhone 4 and above on 18th September 2013. One of the lesser highlighted features of this otherwise major overhaul was FaceTime Audio (Yes, the ironic name deserves a few laughs). It allows you to make phone calls over the Internet just like Skype or Viber. Pro-iOS users guffawed at this feature as you could achieve this pre-iOS 7 too, by making a FaceTime video call and then pressing the home button. Anyway, after the feature was launched, I happened to call fellow iPhone users over FaceTime Audio to try it out.
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