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Bandla Recommends! The February 2012 smartphone list


‘extreme VFM’ tag means that the phone is better than anything else in that category and is better than few phones in next category. The list first:

  • LG Optimus Pro
  • Blackberry Curve 8520
  • Nokia E5
  • LG Optimus One <<extreme VFM>>

  • Motorola Fire XT530
  • HTC Chacha
  • Nokia Lumia 710
  • Blackberry Curve 9300
  • Motorola Defy <<extreme VFM>>
  • Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

  • Nokia E6
  • Samsung Omnia W
  • SE Xperia Pro <<extreme VFM>>
  • Nokia N8
  • Blackberry Curve 9380
  • LG Optimus Black

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What a customer care sir jee!


On 23rd of January, I applied for a new Idea postpaid connection and minutes later, I was given a new SIM card. I was told that it will take around 24 hours for the SIM to get activated. Next day morning when I checked, the SIM was inactive (Yes, I rebooted my phone). I thought let me call Idea customer care to check why it is not activated and what the current status is. I got the number ‘9844012345’ from ideacellular.com and I gave the call, selected option ‘2’ for English and then ‘9’ to speak with a customer care executive and here is the conversation:

CCE: <something in kannada>

me: (in English) I subscribed for new postpaid connection and the SIM is not activated yet.

CCE: Sir, this is prepaid ccare number. call 9844012345

me: thank you (I forgot that this is the same number to which I placed a call)

I quickly dialed the number 9844012345 (again) and here’s the conversation. The executive name is ‘meenakshi’

Meenakshi: <usual greeting>

me: I subscribed for new postpaid connection and the SIM is not activated yet.

Meenakshi: Sir, this is prepaid ccare number. call 9844012345

me: that is the number to which I have called

Meenakshi: Sir, selection option postpaid

me: There is no such option

Meenakshi: Sir, call from your Idea postpaid number

me: How can I call using a SIM that is not activated yet.

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Know your smartphone manufacturer part 2


Hope you have liked the article on Motorola. This time, you get to learn about a brand that is going to celebrate 150 years in 2015. Yes, 150 years! They have not invented mobile but they gave us smartphone, they used to create devices that used to be at the center of attention in the 90’s and till late 2000s. I think you know what I am talking about.

PS: The first article on Motorola was huge and this time, I have decided to make it a bit easy to read and as short as possible. Happy reading.

12 May 1865

Fredrik Idestam, father of Finland’s paper industry was granted permission to build a paper mill and the mill construction was completed on the banks of Tammerkoski Rapids in Tampere, Finland in the year 1866. In the year 1868, he build another mill by the banks of the Nokianvirta river. Unlike today’s paper that is manufactured from wood pulp, till late 1860s, Europe used to manufacture paper using rag pulp (mix of linen and canvas rags, cotton rags were added later) which was expensive when compared to wood pulp. While Friedrich Gottlob Keller invented this method of manufacturing paper from wood pulp in 1844, it was Heinrich Voelter and Idestam were instrumental in bringing this manufacturing process to mass use. In the year 1867, Idestam was awarded a bronze medal for showcasing his groundwood while Voelter’s mill got the gold medal and this was the catalyst that they needed to increase usage of wood pulp based paper.

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Bandla Recommends! The January 2012 smartphone list


Lot of changes went in this month. Quite a few Blackberries made it to the list.

‘extreme VFM’ tag means that the phone is better than anything else in that category and is better than few phones in next category. The list first:

  • LG Optimus Pro
  • Blackberry Curve 8520
  • Nokia E5
  • LG Optimus One <<extreme VFM>>

  • HTC Explorer
  • HTC Chacha
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
  • Blackberry Curve 9300
  • Motorola Defy <<extreme VFM>>

Know your Smartphone Manufacturer Part 1


Mobile Phone a.k.a cell phone a.k.a handheld phone. It is difficult to find a person without a cellphone, whatever economic condition he/she is in. Most of you might be using a cellphone for years now. But have you ever wondered to know more about the manufacturer of your phone? Ever felt that you need to know just a bit more about the brand? Who are they? Where are they from? How did they enter mobile phone business? Well, this series of articles are going to do just that. I am going to focus on the history of these major mobile phone manufacturers and this is the first article of the series.

This company is slowly but certainly heading towards centennial anniversary (though it is more than a decade away). We have seen many mobile phone manufacturers reel during recession or when the landscape shift happens. But this company withstood ‘The Great Depression’, ‘World war II’, many economic recessions, countless landscape shifts, cut-throat competition. Just when the world felt that the company is going down, they strike back with a revolutionary product. They gave the world top-class management/process guidelines(six-sigma). This is Motorola and they changed the way world communicated.

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