News Roundup: iPhone4 Coming to India Very Soon, airtel Launches USSD based Facebook access services

iPhone4 is very soon coming to India and both Airtel and Aircel have launched contact forms for consumers to get updates on the launch date. Expect iPhone4 to hit the Indian market by end of this month.

[What do you think should be the price of iPhone4 in India?. Recommended Read: The Ultimate Smartphone Shootout – Symbian vs Android vs Windows Mobile vs BlackBerry vs iPhone]

- Access Facebook without mobile Internet [airtel]

Do you miss keeping in touch with family and friends on Facebook, simply because you don’t access internet on your mobile phone?

bharti airtel announced that starting today, its 150 million plus customers in India can now simply dial *325# (and “*fbk#” for non-qwerty mobile handsets) to access Facebook – without subscribing to data plans. To deliver this, airtel has launched the world’s first USSD-based service innovation that will allow its mobile customers to update their Facebook status messages, view / comment on / ‘Like’ news feed, post on friends’ walls, find / add friends, confirm friend requests, view notifications and much more without using the internet or activating GPRS capabilities.
Based on Fonetwish developed by U2opia Mobile, a social and mobile applications provider, this unique and affordable service (Rs. 1/day) is available first exclusively for airtel customers in India and is set to empower more and more people across the country to stay connected with their loved ones through Facebook.

Pi Team Adds: And now Facebook reaches out to the general mass, which has a GPRS-enabled phone, but is not interested in data plans. Smart move by airtel.

- Bharatmatrimony has launched matrimonygifts, an ecommerce portal geared towards online gifting related to matrimony.

- Govt asks MTNL, BSNL to synergise ops, function as one entity: After dilly-dallying for years, the government has asked the two telecom PSUs – BSNL and MTNL – to synergise their operations and function as one entity, pending their merger, offering Pan-India services.[source]