Welcome back to your weekly roundup of all the news from the world of tech that you need to know about. One of the hottest topics right now is that WhatsApp has finally brought in the much-awaited ability to delete sent messages. There’s been talk about this feature for a long time, and it seems that it’s finally being rolled out to all users. WhatsApp features are rolled out to users in batches so if you haven’t seen the feature on your phone yet, don’t worry, it’s coming, but might take a few days to get to you.
Until now, if you deleted a message on WhatsApp, it was removed on your device, but the person/ group you were chatting with could still see it. The new feature, called ‘Delete for Everyone’ will remove the message from all participants. To do this, you’ll just have to select a message and tap the trash icon, after which you’ll get the option to either ‘Delete for Everyone’, or ‘Delete for Me’. However, it seems you only have seven minutes to exercise the new option/
Meanwhile, after BSNL launched the Bharat-1 last week, now Vodafone has also jumped into the fray, launching the Bharat-2 Ultra 4G capable feature phone, to take on the Jio Phone. As usual, the focus here is on “effective price”, and if the user sticks to Vodafone for three years, that works out to Rs. 999, accounting for all the cashbacks and other benefits. Jio Phone also has a similar 3-year commitment requirement that brings down the effective price to zero, while Airtel and Karbonn’s A40 Indian Android phone sees its effective price come down to Rs. 1,399 over the same time frame.
The Bharat-2 Ultra is a step up from the others in terms of specifications, with a 4-inch display, and a 1.3GHz quad core processor, along with 512MB of RAM. There’s 4GB of storage, a 2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front camera, along with a 1300mAh battery. The phone is priced at Rs. 2,899, but if a customer recharges it for a minimum of Rs. 150 per month they will get a cashback of Rs. 900 after 18 months, and another Rs. 1,000 after another 18 months.
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Aside from this, Vodafone announced a couple of new plans as well. There’s a new Rs. 69 plan, which gets you unlimited local and STD calls, and 500MB of 4G data. This pack has a validity of just seven days. If you’re looking for a longer commitment, there’s also the new Rs. 496 plan, which gets you 1GB daily data and unlimited calls for 84 days. The plan offers unlimited calls to any network, and free incoming and outgoing calls while on roaming.
Vodafone also announced a plan with 28 days validity, the new Rs. 177 plan. This plan also offers unlimited calls and 1GB data per day, but for only 28 days, and also, the user will not get free incoming and outgoing calls while on roaming. Vodafone’s new plans are pretty similar to Reliance Jio’s updated tariffs, but the latter also offers free SMS, which isn’t the case with Vodafone. Airtel on the other hand is offering 100 percent cashback if you go for it’s Rs. 349 plan, but there’s a catch. You get that amount as a Rs. 50 cashback each month for the next seven months. The plan offers 1GB data a day, with 28 days validity, and 1,000 minutes of calls per week, capped at 250 minutes per day.
Meanwhile, a week after it had restructured its tariffs, Reliance Jio also raised the price of its Rs. 491 plan, bringing it up to Rs. 499, just above the price of the Vodafone plan. The other details of the plan remain the same – you get 1GB data per day, for 91 days, along with all the other features that Jio offers – unlimited calls, messages, and access to Jio’s apps. Curiously, the plan is not mentioned among the tariffs on the Jio website, and is only available via the MyJio app and the recharge page on the site. The Rs. 459 Jio plan comes with 84GB data for 84 days, a difference of 7 days in validity, for Rs. 40.
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If you’re looking for a premium device this was a good week, as the iPhone X and Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both started taking pre-orders. Apple’s top end phone will go on sale next Friday, November 3, in India and other regions, and if you want to pre-order an iPhone X, you can head to Amazon or Flipkart, or to Apple resellers and other partner outlets. Pre-order offers include cashbacks, with additional benefits if buying the Apple Watch or AirPods, and buyback offers. The iPhone X price in India starts at Rs. 89,000.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL pre-bookings are also open, with deliveries starting from November 15. This is available online exclusively via Flipkart, which is offering cashbacks and other freebies, including a Sennheiser headset worth Rs. 11,990, though offline retailers have also announced similar pre-order benefits. Reliance Jio subscribers also get benefits such as one year of unlimited voice, 750GB data, SMS, and Jio application access, Google said.
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