Starcomms Announces iZap BroadBand Internet

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Starcomms showcases izap at '08

The latest addition to the bouquet of products from the stable of Starcomms, Nigeria’s 4th largest telecommunications operator and leading “triple-play” (mobile, fixed wireless voice, wireless broadband) provider, iZAP stole the show at the just concluded 8th West African International Telecommunications and Information Communication Technology Exhibition (W.Afri.Tel ’08).

iZAP is a super fast internet service launched penultimate week in Lagos and introduced to Alhaji Ibrahim Nakande, Minister of State for Information and Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC when they visited Starcomms stand at the exhibition.

Explaining how the product works to the duo, Mr. Manish Singh, Head Brand Management said iZAP is "a supererfast broadband internet service that enables subscribers a world of limitless possibilities on Starcomms network. With this new service, subscribers on the leading 'triple-play' network can enjoy easy and quick access to streaming video, movies, online music, and read live updates of business news and sports."

Throwing light on the efficacy of the product, Singh told his guests that with iZAP superfast broadband internet service the subscriber can do massive downloads and attachment of unusually large files, enjoy online music a superfast experience anytime anywhere.

He stressed that Starcomms currently offers 3G EVDO Mobile Broadband internet service under the brand name of ‘iZAP’ in 3 key cities of Nigeria – Lagos, Port Harcourt and Federal Capital Territory Abuja, that offers speed upto 2.4 mbps. In addition, we currently offer the RevA version of 3G EVDO Mobile Broadband internet service in Abuja, first to have launched in West Africa that offers speed upto 3.1 mbps. The service is planned for roll out in other cities as well.

Apart from effectiveness and affordability, Singh stressed that this foray by the company will further empower Nigerians to become drivers of their own destinies with the enormous opportunities that the service can offer entrepreneurs, professionals, students, cyber café operators as well as multinational companies, among others.

To compliment the speed this service is offering, Singh said there are several stylish access devices on tender including iZAP MDC (Mobile Data card), iZAP USB Modem and iZAP Smart Phones.

Some visitors to Starcomms stand gave their opinion on the product, Mr John Adams, CEO of a company on Allen Avenue was of the opinion that the iZAP service should be . . . . read more

Review: I learnt from one of their Customer service rep. that this iZAP service is just a re-brand of the Well-known EVDO internet service. .*

New Nokia Eseries phones: E66 and E71

By hayprof
Nokia E66 & E71 Phones Arrival !

At the Nokia for Business event, Nokia announced two new, long awaited Eseries phones: the E66 and the E71.

Nokia E66 is a direct successor to the E65, a slider phone with 240x320 pixel screen, based on Symbian OS 9.2, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1. Featuring HSDPA/UMTS, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, WLAN b/g, 3.2 Megapixel AF camera, FM radio, built-in Assisted GPS and accelerometer, ARM11-based Freescale processor running at 369 MHz, 128 MB operating memory (RAM), 128 MB internal storage and microSD memory card slot, it doesn't leave much to be desired. With its highly elegant and very durable stainless steel casing and very well working spring-loaded slider, it's also a serious upgrade to the plasticy E65 when it comes to build quality, design and ergonomics.

Nokia E71, despite its name, with its large 320x240 display and Blackberry type QWERTY keyboard, is a successor to the E61/E61i rather than the E70. It has very similar technical specs to the E66 (3.2 MPix camera, A-GPS, HSDPA/UMTS, WLAN, 128 MB RAM, etc.) and the only difference (except for the design/form factor, of course) seems to be lack of accelerometer. Just like the E66, the E71 represents very high build quality, with solid, stainless steel (dark-silver painted) frame around the front side, durable metal battery cover on the back and high quality keyboard with nearly perfect tactile feedback.

Both the E71 and the E66 come preloaded with support for VPN, Microsoft Exchange (Mail for Exchange mobile email client), data encryption, dictionaries, QuickOffice 4.x suite, Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email solution as well as third party email solutions like System Seven and Visto Mobile.

Both devices (priced at around EUR 350 before taxes and subsidies) will start shipping in July and will be available in black and white versions.