In an effort to continue to ‘do more’ for its customers, telecommunications giant GTT has spent two days in Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) conducting registration and installation of its most recent superfast Internet service powered by fibre-optic cable – GTT Blaze.Staff of GTT at Parfaite Harmonie on SaturdayThis was the second phase of the on-the-spot registration and installation exercise that began on Saturday, June 30 and ended on July 1. The first phase was conducted two weeks prior.Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI) was the Support Officer, Sherissa Critchlow, who said that this was an effort of GTT to provide more services to the area, since the residents only previously accessed the mobile service.“The aim is that these areas here are grassroots areas in our view, because we haven’t done anything here apart from mobile, so we want to come down here, give customers that change to have really awesome service,” she explained.“We don’t want them to wait; we want when they come to get signed up, in just a few hours, the technicians will call them and we’re at the home installing Blaze.”When asked about the response of the residents, the Support Officer said that they had accomplished over 200 sales the day prior and from those sales, half of the installations have been completed.“The response has been great, as anticipated; everyone is excited about the superfast Internet services. As much as there’s rain, our technicians are still out there getting those installations done. So, we anticipate that all of those customers that we would’ve signed up during the course of this weekend will get installed.”Currently, the Blaze service is in approximately 20 areas and is still expanding. Critchlow made it known that the company has put in immense efforts towards sensitising the public on the service and encouraging them to sign up.Teams are present on the roads, making calls, and customers have even been receiving blast texts on when the service would be available in their areas. Persons are also encouraged to visit retail stores to get signed up. As the service is made available in respective areas, after signing up, persons can get installed in 45-50 days.Critchlow is encouraging potential customers to consider the benefits of the service: “Think of what you can do with up to 50mbps of service. You can stream your videos better, gaming, no longer are you buffering. Students who want to do online programmes and so forth, now with Blaze you can do so much more, whether it’s for studies, play, or work.”Persons are encouraged to get signed up as soon as possible.The service incurs a $12,000 installation fee that does not have to be paid up front, but when customers receive their first bill. Customers purchasing this service will receive three things from each package: landline service, Internet service and a backup battery which gives power for 4-6 hours.
Xiaomi is putting up its phones for pre-orders almost every week nowadays. Although, people still have trouble buying the Xiaomi phones, especially the popular ones. Today the company is accepting pre-orders for the Redmi 4A, Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4.The phones will be available for pre-order at 12pm today on Mi.com. Although this has become a standard practice with Xiaomi, it also seems rather strange to open pre-orders at a pre-specified time. Ideally, pre-orders can be taken anytime, similar to how other companies do it.However, the Redmi Note 4 will also separately go on sale via Flipkart. The e-commerce site is giving a 5 per cent off for those buying the phone using Axis Bank debit cards. The pre-order is restricted to one smartphone per buyer.Here’s a quick recap of the specs, price and variants of the Xiaomi’s three phones.Redmi Note 4:Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 during January in India. The price of the smartphone starts at Rs 9,999 and there are three storage variants of the phone. One with the 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage is priced at Rs.9,999 while the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant costs Rs 10,999. Last is the one with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which will cost Rs 12,999 to its buyers. The storage is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The smartphone is available in four colour options- Matte Black, Silver, Gold and Grey.In terms of specs, the Redmi Note 4 features a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D curved glass IPS display with a screen resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor. Redmi Note 4 is backed with a decent battery size of 4100mAh. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 features a 13MP rear camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. On the front, there is a 5MP camera. The connectivity options on board are 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/b/n, Infrared and Micro-USB. The Redmi Note 4 comes with sensors like proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and electronic compass.advertisementAlthough this is good phone, something we said in our review, do keep in mind that it runs an outdated version of Android, which is Android Marshmallow that was announced in 2015. Redmi 4A:The Redmi 4A was launched in India in March at a price of Rs 5,999. The smartphone dons a polycarbonate built and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. The Xiaomi Redmi 4A sports a 5-inch HD screen with 720×1280 pixels of screen resolution. The device is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC clocked at the speed of 1.4GHz and coupled with the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The internal storage is of 16GB that’s expandable using a microSD card to up to 128GB.Redmi 4A features a 13MP rear camera with PDAF, f 2.2 aperture and LED flash. There is a 5MP camera with f 2.2 aperture on the front for selfies. as well. The Redmi 4A comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).The connectivity options are 4G VoLTE, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. The Redmi 4A comes also includes gyroscope, infrared, proximity, accelerometer, ambient light sensors. The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is powered by a 3120mAh battery and comes with fast charging support. It too runs on two-year-old Android Marshmallow.Redmi 4:Xiaomi launched the Redmi 4 was in May in India. The smartphone is available in three memory storage variants – one with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage at Rs 6,999, next is the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage variant at Rs 8,999, and lastly the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant at Rs 10,999. The internal storage is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.The dual-SIM Redmi 4 features a 5-inch HD display. The smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC clocked t the speed of1.4GHz. The Redmi 4 backed by a 4100mAh battery.The Redmi 4 comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera with f 2.0, PDAF, and LED flash technology. There is a 5MP front camera with f 2.2.The connectivity options onboard are 4G VoLTE, 3.5mmaudio jack, micro-USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS and Bluetooth v4.1.This phone too runs the older version of Android.