CDMA mobile operator MTS is celebrating the achievement of crossing the 10 million subscriber base in India.
On the occasion, the telecommunications branch of Sistema Shyam TeleServices unveiled its new tag line “A Step Ahead.” That’s not all. The company also launched MTS Pulse, its first Android-based smartphone.
MTS Pulse is a rebranded HTC Hero phone which was released as Droid Eris on Verizon Wireless’ network in the United States. Akin to postpaid lock-in plans in the U.S., MTS is offering its postpaid users the high-end Android phone, which otherwise carries a price tag of Rs. 18,000, without any upfront payment! Related: HTC Hero in India
All you need to do is sign up for a 1-year postpaid agreement with MTS, wherein you will pay Rs. 1,500 rental charge. Apart from the CDMA Android phone, a customer would get 1500 minutes of free talk time, 1500 free SMS and 1500MB free data usage every month for the next 12 months. Also see: MTS offers free Internet to Meru cab travelers
Features of MTS Pulse (Zoot) Android phone
The smartphone has a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320×480 pixels. The MTS Pulse runs Android 2.1 OS with HTC Sense UI atop.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm 528MHz MSM7600 processor and comes with a RAM of 288MB and ROM of 512MB. MTS Pulse works on dual-band 800/1900MHz, CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO rev. A network.
The Android phone by MTS boasts a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto focus feature. Other features of the MTS phone include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, Adobe Flash support, gravity-sensor, digital compass and accelerometer.
MTS Pulse has an 8GB memory card preinstalled. A 1300mAh battery powers the Pulse, which delivers 214 minutes of talk time and 373 hours of standby time. The phone measures 11.3 x 5.55 x 1.3cm and weighs 120 grams. Suggested read: Cheap and best Android phones in India
On the occasion, Leonid Musatov, chief marketing officer, Sistema Shyam TeleServices, said, “We are excited to unveil the new MTS brand, in line with MTS’ global strategy. MTS has recently been ranked as the 72nd most powerful brand in the world by Millward Brown. In keeping with our endeavor to delight our customers, we have adopted a disruptive approach to marketing that would redefine the way smartphones are sold in India. The latest in our range of smartphones is MTS Pulse from HTC. Powered by Android 2.1, it is a great combination of style and technology bundled with free calls, data usage and SMSs.”