If you’ve got a MTNL, Vodafone, Uninor or Reliance Mobile connection, keeping up with the ICC cricket World Cup 2011 will be a cakewalk for you.
Vodafone will stream cricket matches live courtesy ESPN Star Sports and will probably have Mandira Bedi’s commentary, which is okay if you’re into that sort of thing. Bedi was never known for her astute commentary or delightful voice though, as much as she is famous for her designer sarees and noodle straps. At any rate, live video, everyone will agree, is the tops.
You get access to live streaming video of world cup cricket matches via Vodafone’s ICC Cricket World Cup – Live Streaming service at the rate of Rs. 7 per day. However, this is just the rate for a subscription to the service – for the video streaming, you will have to pay data charges as usual. Also see: Vodafone biggest gainer in MNP war
MTNL, as usual, will offer you your daily dose of cricket at rock bottom prices. It has a program called Cricket Update on 2401-2401 which will be available to MTNL landlines, 2G, 3G and wireless CDMA subscribers, who will have to make a local call to get updates. MTNL’s 2G and 3G users, for instance, can get cricket updates for half a paisa per second. Also see: Cheap 3G phones in India
Uninor, on the other hand, has a Cricket Unlimited service that can be subscribed to by dialing toll free number 52255. This service will cost Rs. 3 per match day or Rs. 30 per month. Uninor’s Cricket Unlimited will provide live match coverage news and cricket opinion poll. There will also be cricket tunes available for download, cricket rankings, match schedules, trivia, etc. Uninor’s Cricket Unlimited is a voice-based service and uses the mobile’s network. Related: Other discounts and offers by Uninor
Indiatimes will offer SMS, voice and video alerts, live audio commentary, mobile content downloads and 2G and 3G services. The mobile content provider will create ring back tones, cricket trivia and prediction contests, as well as match analyses and mobile marketing ads. Read more about Indiatimes World Cup mobile services
Reliance Mobile will go Live with all ICC CWC 2011 matches through its specially-created ICC zone on R-World VAS platform. Reliance Mobile customers will be able to keep a track of the matches via WAP and SMS alerts. They will be able to watch live streaming of match highlights videos, previews and match round-ups, and download wallpapers and ringtones on both GSM and CDMA networks. Also see: Reliance 3G launch in India
According to the Associated Chamber of Commerce, there will be a drop in productivity during the ICC World Cup 2011. People will take leaves from office, and those who show up will keep sneaking away to watch the match. Schools across India will have their final exams during the tournament, so relatively poor average results can be expected.
India beat Bangladesh in the World Cup debut match on Saturday.