Idea Mobiles in India are now offering their branded android based phone, the Idea Blade with 3G support for price under Rs. 7,900 and with host of benefits like free 3G data usage for 30 days with 1 GB limit, valid for 3 months – benefits worth Rs. 3,500.

When you look at the phone you will immediately realise that you have seen this model before. Well this phone has been in the market and also selling as ZTE blade. There are companies who are selling thus under their own brand name but the real model name is Dell XCD35. So guys in reality this is a Dell XCD35 android phone.  But if you compare the price, the Dell XCD35 is priced more than the ZTE blade or the Idea Blade.

Why you should buy the Idea Blade instead of Dell XCD35

First of all Idea has promised, …well promised so am not sure about this, but they say it is upgradable to 2.3 gingerbread (the current OS used is android 2.2). If the OS can be upgraded that’s great news but don’t take this seriously yet.

The Docs to app (paid version) comes pre-loaded (you will need to confirm this). Expandable memory support on Dell XCD35 is 16 GB but on Idea Blade it is 32 GB. Apart from Android market you can also access Idea Mall for downloading some paid apps for free. The best part however is that this handset is NOT locked on to the Idea Network in other words you can use SIM cards from any other network providers by entering configuration manually as per the carrier – for Idea subscribers this handset will automatically configure the settings.

Idea Blade Features

This Android handset is powered by a 600 MHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor with 512 MB RAM and running on the Android 2.2 Froyo OS. The capacitive touchscreen is 3.5 inches supporting 480 by 800 pixel resolution with 262 K colours.

There is only one primary camera of 3.2 MP resolution with video recording. The handset weighs 130 grams with 56.5 x 114 x 11.8 mm dimensions. Other features are Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, GPS, Bluetooth, Opera mini browser, 3.5 mm jack, FM radio and multimedia player. MicroSD card up to 32 GB is supported.

Idea Blade price in India

Price: Rs. 7,800 with special offers from Idea Mobile
Box Pack contains: Blade handset, charger and battery, headset, cover, data cable, user manual and warranty card.
Offers: Rs. 3,500 worth of 3G benefits that include free 3G usage of 1 GB every 30 days for 3 months and free Idea TV subscription for 3 months.  Also for first 6 re-charges the data benefits will double based on the plan the users has subscribed to.

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor -