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Nokia’s India Tax Bill could balloon to $3.4 billion

Nokia's tax bill in India could be far higher than expected, according to the country's tax officials. The company's back tax bill could balloon to $3.4 billion from the current $340 million, said an Indian income tax official who declined to be named. India froze some of Nokia's assets in the country, including a large factory in Chennai, in September to ensure the company had sufficient funds to pay the taxes. Indian tax authorities say Nokia owes the money after claiming exemptions on software exports. Nokia…

Hike announces revamped app and apologises for previous version

Hike have announced a revamped version for BlackBerry legacy users with a post on the Hike website, which admitted that their first version for BB was not up to the mark. "It wasn't near 'hike quality'. We shipped out a product that should've never been in the market. We apologise. But we learn fast." The new Hike messenger update is available for BlackBerry versions from OS 5 to 7. The updated app will not hang or slow down on BlackBerry phones. Hike creator Kavin Mittal told The Indian Express in an email: "We…

BlackBerry dispute India sales figures

BlackBerry have been steadily falling off the radar of Indian consumers, say retailers. "Blackberry retail sales are dead", said Himanshu Chakravarti, chief executive officer of The Mobile Store, India's largest mobile retail chain with 27% share of modern retail trade market. "After the initial failure of (Nokia) Lumia, subsequent launches of Lumia 520 in the sub- Rs 10,000 range are doing very well. The new Lumia range 625, 925 has picked up traction." The Indian market where BlackBerry captured a large chunk after it…

BlackBerry drop price of BlackBerry Q10 in India

With a renewed focus on the QWERTY keyboard loyalist, BlackBerry today announced a limited period special offer. Customers can now purchase BlackBerry Q10 smartphone at just Rs. 38,990. This special offer starting today will be valid till January 26th, 2014. This scheme on BlackBerry Q10 is in line with BlackBerry’s commitment towards the Indian market and will help the brand to reach out to more potential customers and qwerty keyboard loyalists. Sunil Lalvani- Managing Director India for…

Max Secure Software apps go on sale for Black Friday

Max Secure Software launches a Sale on all their apps for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Updated Prices: Max Batter Optimizer: 2$ to 1$ Max Hide & Encrypt: 2$ to 1$ Max File Shredder: 2$ to 1$ Max SMS Spam Blocker: 2$ to 1$ Max Safe Browser: 3$ to 2$ Max Mobile Security: 10$ to 8$ Max Network Stat: 2$ to 1$ The limited Sale lasts for 1 week. All the apps have been developed using Cascades. Prices are in USD. Max Secure Software is committed to continue development of high quality privacy, security and…

BBM will come pre-installed on some Android devices

BBMâ„¢ will soon come preinstalled on a variety of Androidâ„¢-based smartphones from leading OEMs across Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Middle East. Beginning next month, Android smartphones from Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCOSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and Zen will include BBM preinstalled. In addition, BlackBerry® (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) confirmed that BBM will also continue to be available as a free download from Android app stores, including Google Play. "It is…

BlackBerry Felicitates India’s Young Achievers at STEM 2013

Mumbai, Nov 26, 2013: BlackBerry in association with Junior Achievement India, today announced the winners of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) 2013 Camp. The STEM Innovation Camps are jointly developed by Blackberry and Junior Achievement India, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness. As part of the camp, students in the age bracket of 15-18 years spent the day working on a business challenge in the field of mobility. Given the ubiquity of mobile…

BlackBerry to focus on urban youth in India

BlackBerry India said it will service rural customers on a need-basis. For now, its mainstay will continue to be educated urban youth and enterprise segment. According to CyberMedia Research, domestic companies enjoy nearly 47 per cent market share in the Indian smartphone category. Samsung leads the pack with 33.9 per cent market share followed by Gurgaon-based Micromax at 19.7% and Bangalore-based Karbonn at 9.5%. “We are clear on our customer segment and would like to focus on building a retail experience to…

Technologies (India) upgrades to BlackBerry 10

New Delhi, India – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced that Indian financial services company, Financial Technologies (India) Limited (FTIL), has upgraded their mobile fleet to BlackBerry® 10 smartphones and invested in BlackBerry’s leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10), to manage their mobile infrastructure and support a BYOD environment. The provider of technology IP to create and trade on next-generation financial…

14,000 BlackBerry 10 apps are from Indian vendors

Talking about significant app development in India, Annie Mathew, Director, Business Development and Alliance, BlackBerry India, pointed out that of the total number of apps, around 14,000 are from Indian vendors. It has 40,000 registered developers, but that’s just a subset of the total number of developers as everyone doesn’t register. Though no time frame was given when the Android runtime environment on BB10 will be updated to support Android 4.1, Blackberry will continue to support Android.…

BlackBerry 10 coming to India 2 to 3 weeks after launch

RIM India managing director, Sunil Dutt, has told TOI that it will not go after market share with cheap phones but work to maintain the image of a premium brand and sell phones that have higher margins. RIM is on a downward swing. Currently it has a share of just above 10% in Indian smartphone market? Going forward, how does RIM plan to address the market share issue? Before I talk about the future plan, let me make a correction. Except America, we are growing everywhere. For example, we track the number of…

India claims access to BlackBerry Messenger underway

Efforts to spy on BlackBerry Messenger chats in India are almost live, officials explained on Saturday. The method would be “up and running soon,” India Today was told. As it worked, it would effectively require a wiretap warrant from the Union Home Ministry that would collect all communication from that individual user, catching it in an unencrypted format before it’s locked down and sent through the BlackBerry Internet Service. BlackBerry Enterprise Servers aren’t a major worry for the police,…