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Tata DOCOMO, the GSM brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, India’s fastest-growing dual-technology telecom service provider, today announced the launch of a revolutionary internet access device-3G Wi-Fi Hub-enabling multiple users and devices to share wireless Internet access and stay connected on the go. The device offers uninterrupted connectivity for specific Wi-Fi devices like Laptops, Tablets, Gaming Consoles and Wi-Fi-enabled Televisions.

The evolved device takes wireless mobile broadband to the next level, offering dual-mode internet connectivity to users-a first in the Indian market. The device enables users to maneuver between Tata DOCOMO’s Next-Gen 3G GSM network and Tata Photon Plus on the CDMA platform-one technology at a time-offering speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps. In one small stroke, it allows users to access the Internet at 3G speeds in all the nine Tata DOCOMO circles where the company has the license, while allowing them to seamlessly switch to the high-speed Tata Photon Plus platform in other locations.

“Our latest offering-3G Wi-Fi Hub-reaffirms our commitment to customers-that of making connectivity easy and relevant for a cross-section of user categories,” Mr Deepak Gulati, Executive President, Mobility Business, Tata Teleservices Limited. “This portable device signals a breakthrough in the Wi-Fi space and is yet another first-of-its-kind product, offering dual Internet access technology. The sleek new product will be especially relevant in the context of today’s fast-evolving and changing products, most of which are Wi-Fi-enabled-laptops, desktops, i-Pads, mobile phones, even digital cameras… Best of all, given its Wi-Fi capabilities, it allows multiple users to stay connected simultaneously,” he added.

The device offers speed up to 7.2 Mbps in the 3G mode, and up to 3.1Mbps in the High-Speed Internet Access (HSIA) mode. Apart from a portable powered battery, seamless connectivity, simple browser-based configuration, the device is also password-protected for greater security.

“The 3G Wi-Fi Hub is a trim and compact device, convenient to carry even in one’s pocket. With this new product, Tata DOCOMO has taken the concept of ‘Anytime, Anywhere Wi-Fi Internet Connectivity’ to the next level. The device comes with innovative post-paid plans-these offer a customer-friendly package and will ensure that we offer a complete solution in terms of an efficient device and tariff combo. The high point is the fact that the device works on both the 3G and Photon (CDMA) platforms, depending on the SIM inserted,” Mr Sunil Tandon, Head, Devices & Mobility Support Services, Tata Teleservices Limited, added.

The Tata DOCOMO 3G Wi-Fi Hub is available with post-pay plans, to begin with. Customers opting for the sleek device will be provided with a starter pack containing both Tata DOCOMO 3G GSM and Tata Photon Plus start-up kits (SUKs). Customers can choose from a number of plans on both the Tata DOCOMO 3G GSM and Tata Photon Plus SUKs and can data speed of 7.2 Mbps and 3.1 Mbps, respectively. To access data on the Tata DOCOMO 3G GSM and Tata Photon Plus platforms, customers will have to activate both SUKs separately with necessary documentation.

3G Wi-Fi Hub Plans

There are two plans available-the Wi-Fi Rs 750 and Wi-Fi Rs 1,000 plans. The Wi-Fi Rs 750 Plan comes with a monthly rental of Rs 750, wherein customers can enjoy data usage of 2GB. Post the 2 GB being consumed, customers will have to pay a nominal cost of 50 paise per MB for additional data usage. Similarly, the Wi-Fi Unlimited Rs 1,000 Plan comes with a monthly rental of Rs 1,000, wherein customers will get 5GB of data usage. The device offers speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps in the 3G mode, while the Photon platform offers speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps. Post exhausting this 5GB, customers can enjoy unlimited data usage under the ‘throttle option’, wherein surfing speeds will be determined by user location, number of people accessing the network and device configuration.

The device is priced at Rs. 5,999 and is available across Tata DOCOMO and Tata Photon stores. Tata DOCOMO customers can call up 1800-2660000 for details.

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