Human-shaped mobile phone

Telenoid
Elfoid

To the left is the picture of a talking doll like robot called ‘Telenoid R-1‘ developed by Japanese research company Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR).
Now on same shape they have developed a mobile phone with a skin-like outer layer that enables users to feel closer to those on the other end. (See the images hanging on the wall in picture) The body resembles a human being but its design is so blurred that it could be taken as either male or female and young or old. It is called ‘Elfoid’. Rumor has it that it will run on Android OS.

The prototype, slightly bigger than the size of a palm, features an outer coating that feels like human skin. A speaker is installed in the head of the doll-like gadget and a light-emitting diode in its chest turns blue when the phone is in use and red when it is in standby mode.

We want human touch everywhere but find it difficult to live with humans. Such a loneliness.

Motorola launches Android handset Flipout at Rs 15,990

Flipout design in smartphone?

Mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility India today launched its new Android-based handset Flipout in the Indian market, priced at Rs 15,990. “We further enhance our smartphone portfolio in India with a unique and trendy form factor for the young at heart with the Motorola Flipout . It merges Motorolas design heritage with Android capabilities to deliver a unique smartphone form factor,” Motorola Mobility India Country Head Faisal Siddiqui said. The Android-powered handset has a QWERTY keypad and is equipped with 2.8-inch screen, 3 mega pixel camera and expandable memory up to 32 GB. (Source: Motorola launches Android handset Flipout at Rs 15,990 – The Economic Times.)

Flipout? That design is too out of date! Let us wait and see if it makes any impact. I have doubts.

Duty of Telecom Service Provider in India

REGULATION 5
(As framed by TRAI)
5.Time limit for redressal of grievance of consumers by Call
Centres.—–(1) Every service provider, falling in clause (a) or clause (b) of
sub-regulation (3) of regulation 1, shall, without prejudice to the time
limits or periods specified in the Regulation on Quality of Service of
Basic and Cellular Mobile Telephone Services, 2005 dated the 1st July,
2005 (11 of 2005) and the Quality of Service of Broadband Service
Regulations 2006 dated the 6th October, 2006 (11 of 2006), address the
request or redress the grievances of its consumers, within the time
limits or periods, and, in respect of matters or parameters, specified in
the Schedule.
(2) In a case—
(a) where no parameter or time limit, relating to fault or disruption of
service or disconnection of service, has been specified in the Schedule, all
complaints relating to
such fault or disruption of service or
disconnection of service shall be redressed within three days from the
date of registration of complaint;
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(b) where no parameter or time limit has been specified in these
regulations or any other regulations made under the Act for redressal of
any grievance, all such complaints shall be redressed within seven days
from the date of registration of complaint;
(c) where lesser time limit has been specified by any other law for the
time being in force or other regulations made under the Act or by the
licensor or by the service provider for redressal of grievance, the Call
Centres shall redress the grievances of the consumer within such
specified time.
REGULATION 21.
(As framed by TRAI)

21. Providing usage details in respect to Pre-paid mobile connections. – (1) Every service provider, falling in clause (a) or clause(b) of sub-regulation (3) of regulation 1, shall, on request from any consumer, who has been provided pre-paid mobile connection, supply such consumer, at a reasonable cost, the information relating to the itemized usage charges showing actual service usage details in terms of all call data records including value added services, premium rate services and roaming charges, and their monetary value.(2) Every service provider, referred to in sub-regulation (1), shall provide the information referred to in sub-regulation (1) for any period falling in preceding six months immediately preceding the month in which the request has been made by the consumer under the said sub-regulation.(3) For the purposes of sub-regulation (1), the “reasonable cost” means the cost or price not exceeding rupees fifty, or the cost or price payable by the post paid consumers of the same service provider for obtaining the information referred to in sub-regulation (1), or cost or price payable in accordance with the terms and conditions of licence of such service provider, whichever is lowest.

More such measure can be found at: http://www.trai.gov.in/trai/upload/Regulations/64/regulation4may07.pdf

A handbook issued by TRAI for awareness of consumers can be found here: http://www.trai.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/file/measuresto%20protectconsumerinterest/TRAI-Handbook12.pdf

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