PTCL Launches EVO / GSM Enabled Smartphone

smartphone_pb1Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) today announced the launch of 3G enabled Android Smartphone IVIO Icon Pro that offers dual support for both EVDO and GSM/CDMA networks.

Earlier Ufone had launched Uth Futura phone with similar capabilities, however, IVIO Icon Pro is said to be faster than Futura with additional WiFi muscle.

IVIO Icon Pro is Based on Android 2.2 Froyo and powered by a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor. It lets its users surf and talk simultaneously while on-the-move and that too at speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps.

As a pioneer offering 3G EVO services on a handset with GSM/CDMA capabilities, Smartphone IVIO Icon Pro can be used by all GSM without any GSM network restrictions.

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Packed with features of Capacitive Touch Screen Multi Gestures, 262K, 5 mega pixels auto focus camera, and a 0.3 mega pixel secondary camera, the Smartphone IVIO Icon Pro supports voice and SMS, Hybrid EVDO/UMTS, 256MB RAM, 512MB Flash ROM, and Micro SD support up to 32GB, with 4GB of micro SD card included.

Providing up to four hours of talk time, the Smartphone IVIO Icon Pro accepts GSM SIMs and with Handset configured for EVO , Wi-Fi Bluetooth EDR 2.1 AGPS G-sensor, thus giving PTCL customers the freedom to surf, talk, tweet and do a lot more simultaneously on the go in more than 150 cities nationwide.

Just to add, IVIO Icon pro can be used as a mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot to enable sharing of WiFi & EVO connections with multiple gadgets simultaneously.

“The launch of Smartphone IVIO Icon Pro is yet another milestone in establishing PTCL as the pioneer of 3G technology in Pakistan,” said PTCL SEVP commercial, Naveed Saeed. “It is a giant step forward in PTCL’s growth as a technologically strong and revolutionary telecom company that is proving enhanced service quality to its valued customers. We are constantly striving to bring products and services that meet our customers’ aspirations and empower them to experience the future today.”

“PTCL’s 3G Android Smartphone IVIO Icon Pro will enable users to stay connected on their mobile handsets with high speed wireless Internet at 3G Rev A speeds,” said Executive Vice President Wireless Business, Omar Khalid. “This Smartphone will open up new possibilities for customers with on-the-go connectivity offering a wide range of built-in and downloadable applications”.

Prices:

PTCL has bundled IVIO Icon pro with its EVO service in two different packages, as following:

  • EVO Wind: Smartphone + 15 GB data limit with 6 months validity: Rs. 17,999
  • EVO Wings: Smartphone + 5 GB data limit with 3 months validity: Rs. 16,999

 

You will have to recharge your EVO account if you reach your data limit or validity duration, recharge options are as following:

  • Smart 5GB: 3 months EVO connection at Only Rs.999
  • Smart 15GB: 6months EVO connection at Only Rs.1,999


  • sarhadi9

    ):Awesome

    • MySchizoBuddy

      Yup horribly outdated Android 2.2 and 600Mhz is definitely Awesome. I wonder what will you call one with ICS and dual core 1.5Ghz smartphone.

  • Ali

    Ok, so this is something cool coming from the house of PTCL. The pricing is just perfect. Specially the feature of hotspot. It just ROCKS!

    BTW I HAVE BEEN USING IT ON MY XPERIA X10 too ‘n’ lovin’ it!

    • ZeeshanShahid

      By using it on xperia x10, do you mean the hotspot feature, or Evo? It can’t be EVO, X10 doesn’t have CDMA.

  • Pir

    Not a nice brand to spend money on even its for Rs17K
    Only a fool will go for it.

    • shoaib

      the brand is not ptcl …..its actually htc evo ……..which ptcl is selling in pakistan ……..its trying to make profit by selling sets as well … just like it happen all around the globe ……………the price is quiet reasonable if u know htc market ………… and if u know the price of htc in uk and else wherer

      • Zeeshan Zafar

        ^^ .. ur living in fools paradise… it isnt HTC EVO…. come out of ur dreams.. its Indonesian IVIO company… huh .. LMFAO HTC EVO … hahahahaha

  • Mahar

    well first nice offer by PTCL butt in my area there is no evo coverage

  • Awais

    600 MHZ is really weak. Its the bare minimum so while the phone should’t be a hassle, not many applications will work on it properly. But it’s still a step in the right direction!

  • Ahsan

    Already suffering after buying EVO Tab. So better not to choice this brand again.

    • SOHC My DOHC

      care to elaborate ?? .. coz i was thinkin of buyin this thing :/

  • Pakiii

    what abt battery timing

  • Pakiii

    ptcl has lanched IVIO® ICON PRO (DE-88)™ where as it would be better if ptcl launches IVIO® DG-80™ as it is better and Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread
    http://www.ivio.com/mobile.php?ponsel=DE88&view=features

    • pataykhan

      DG-80 is good …

  • M. Rafay

    This is a phone made in Indonesia. Here is the company website for more information.

    http://www.ivio.com/index.php

  • Abrar

    The only good thing in this offer is the price for 3g internet package offer which is 2000 for 6 month very acceptable. Hope other will follow this trend.

  • Fail…

    Monthly packages are very high. Better to offer the EVO packages, with unlimited downloading,than it will beat not only Android phones but also USB wireless devices.

    • Awais

      You don’t need unlimited on a phone. Its an unnecessary burden on the network which reduces quality for all. 15 GB is acceptable as it lets you do things meant for your phone. Leave the torrents for your DSL connection.

  • Farooq Butt

    just after 7 days of my Samsung Galaxy Ace purchase
    but with 8000 price difference :/
    well it looks like a great smartphone with same specs as Galaxy Ace has..

  • Ali

    PTCL should have opted for at least 1ghz processor.

  • Muhammad Anas

    Amazing! A nice offer by PTCL it proved that PTCL is the King of 3G but we should not forget about the said upcoming 3g auction in March 2012.

  • Technologist

    can we use ptcl V-fone (CDMA) along with gsm sim on this device ?

  • htc rezound

    looks cool

  • no doubt its pretty nice move by the PTCL. I hope that it will bring a good competition in the market.

  • I said that for its Hotspot advantages,So that it uses for PCs too as well as for mobile.. Than it beat both.

    For phone, Unlimited packages are available for 10rs per day… Why we go for this mobile??

  • Sorrel Vesper

    @Hamza Balouch(@H_Balouch)
    Because others offer a limited speed of about 364kbps(Correct me if I am wrong!) or even less. Whereas PTCL offers 3.1mpbs on this phone! I have to say its a good step in the right direction, but still the market has gone too far ahead. PTCL has to make allegiance with more powerful phone companies and offer more power for lesser bucks!

    • For mobile 364 speed is ok, and if they are giving 3times more speed with 3 time less data… Than I do not think is useful.

  • basit

    with so cool internet option, so bad battery timing… only 300 mints. :(

  • zafar

    I am using this fone..Every application is working.Flash ,Skype supported…Fine touch and cheap rate.Honestly speaking this is giving perfect browsing on 3G and till now i am completely satisfied and strongly liked it….Yuppiii

    • Jalal

      howz the battry time.. my battery is draining very quickly.. while browsing internet with 3g

    • Zahid

      Can we use video confrane (skype)

  • Majid

    IVIO® DG-80 is only GSM phone.Its not CDMA (3G).Only D-88 is CDMA (3G)+GSM…

  • I think PTCL has launched a great service, but sadly it is expensive to keep. Also, the v2.2 is an fairly outdated smartphone especially when v4.0 is in the market.

    Secondly, Samsung Galaxy Y cost Rs.14,000, and it runs on v2.3 Gingerbread, so in my opinion, spending Rs.16,999 is not a very good idea; and still remain thirsty for extra volume to surf internet.

  • smr

    I also want to purchase ivio icon pro.Just because high speed internet.I also have seen tab.I have Nokia N8 and I use GPRS which is very slow.There are so many devices and phones with CDMA EV DO LTE etc.Why ptcl do not give 3G services for that.Once the mobile operators started 3G this phone and tab will not be more than a piece of junk.

  • Zafar

    @Yehlotech

    Samsung Galaxy Y cost Rs.14,000 as you wrote but it dont have CDMA (3G) and its just GSM but PTCL IVIO set is CDMA(EVDO)+GSM.NO COMPARISON.and now also avaiolable unlimted package MAX on smartphone.Remember its OS is also upgradeable.In 16000 we need 50000 product.Honestly speaking its awesome..

    • kazi khadim

      kazi khadim This product may also be sold through Bank alfalah crdit scheme like the EVOTAB,which became esear and secure for us.Besides it is not available at Hyderabad,from where can we bye it,specially when people appointed in hyd. shops behave like high officials and don padue attention to the customers.Even a senior man and a professor has failed to deal with them.

  • Zafar

    @smr

    This is 3G phone.PTCL is also providing 3G on thsi smartphone and dear there is no smartphone in pakistan GSM+CDMA as you wrote there are many.

    • smr

      Think about LTE.What about junk for sale Telecard CDMA Go CDMA Go mobile CDMA vfone CDMA etc

  • Technologist

    please comment, can we use Rs. 1999/monthly unlimited package on ivio after finishing 15GB volume ?

    • admin

      no you cant. With this handset, you can avail up-mentioned packages only

    • Shaukat

      Yes u can avail monthly unlimited package for Rs.2000. Airlink Communication confirmed it

      • shariq

        Airlink communication misguiding you, you should get it confirmed by dialing ptcl official helpline 1236 and ask them, they will tell you, no you can’t use unlimited package on that

        • Khan Zada

          oh yes you can get unlimited package on this phone…. I am using Unlimited @ Rs.2000 on this phone. I use it as a wifi tether … it works beatufuly……

          honestly telling you when I got this phone i was not expecting it to be such a great package. but the great thing is that EVERYTHING works perfectly smooth. Internet speed is Very good .. much faster than edge ….. I am loving it!

  • Zafar

    Dear LTE is 3G seervices in GSM and not available in pakistan.These are CDMA sets not 3G.You need to understand that a CDMA phone is not always 3G.Abv mentioned phones are only CDMA phones.Only PTCL smartphone pro is CDMA+3G+GSM.

    Tech always need to understand.

  • Jalal

    Yes. you can use this package after finishing 15 gb..

  • Hopefully mobile internet will improve now…

  • smr

    Thank you for your reply. I am not hi tech like you just an ordinary mobile phone user.what I am going to do next getting this pro 3in one thing and disconnect my 1Mb dsl along with ptcl phone line.
    When I get 3G/4G services from Mobile phone operators this CDMA will be one more addition to my previous junk.

  • Zafar

    No problem dear if you are not much tech.We all here to discuss and share the info.I am using EVO dongle.Tab and also this smartphone of PTCL but most easy to me that put this smartphone in my pocket and use anywhere,Whatever where i am.Even in my washrroom..:P

  • Zafar

    @Admin and @ Technologist

    Now new package is available in PTCL IVIO smartphone

    MAX-> Rs2000 -> Unlimited downloading for 30 days.

  • QF

    My experience with PTCL services is not good. I bought EVO 3G from PTCL customer services center, and it did not work even for the first time. I took it back and they said sorry you have to go a claim warranty from Huawei Office.Huawei took 43 days till they gave me back the repaired the device. Not only this but I was charged the full monthly bill.

  • sarhadi9

    +1

  • Saif

    Good offer

  • Gull

    But we need some good packages

  • Qasim

    Nice all in one

  • Safder

    Good combination

  • Mehmood

    May b ptcl offering more sets ..

  • Chaman

    I think its little exensive under 14k its ok

  • Rashid

    Agreed

  • Faisal

    Normal 3G ka wait kar lna behtar hy coz I think I am not satisfied with this handset(brand) but evo is superv

  • Noor

    Little expensive

  • Jamil

    Quality?

  • Zahid

    What is the downloadig speed on handset

  • majid

    1.80Mbps to 2.80Mbps

    • Zahid

      Tnx bro is this speed for pc or handset and did u use this set

  • Jalal

    I bought this phone last week.. 1st impression is very good.. but day by day its feeels my ugly.. batry timing is very bad .. of-course on 3g.. its around about 3-4 hrs.. but without 3g it will with u for a day maximum..
    but suddenly few hour ago i got 0% signal of evo(aka 3g) and got message in lockscreen that “No RUIM Card”… what the hell with it.. and ptcl has no satisfactory support as usual.. tell me the solution if any one have.. my number is 0321-9004300 n email [email protected]

    • Hafeez

      You need to visit Airtel office in your area. They will update your firmware to Android 2.2…and your problem will be solved….support person at Airtel is 0345-5540805…All the best!

  • Majid

    On 3G mode every set consume much battery .Check the settings ‘dual mode option’,CDMA mode should be selected and there should be no SIM in slot 1 (upper slot).You can put sim only in below slot for GSM

  • Jalal

    i didnt used gsm sim in this i used just cdma(aka evo)using.. cdma option is checked. data n data roaming is also checked.. cdma access point name is also not available..

    • smr

      You will get used to the settings wont be problem.One thing I share which might be helpful to anyone.Insert SIM circuit side down and corner cut Of the SIM should be lower right normally thats unusual. cutmarks and sign for inserting SIMS on handset are confusing.No information regarding this provided in booklet.

      • Moazzam

        jalal…. did you get the solution?? please share if yes… i am having same issue.

  • Majid

    You need to visit the vendor’s office.Looking your software corrupted.

  • Majid

    May be your software corrupted.Need to refresh it through the vendor of this phone.

  • Zahid

    Dear admin can u share about skype on this handset

  • Majid

    Yes it works on it…

  • Tariq

    Now set is not availble in market.All sold.I want to buy this.Anyone could tell me a way?

  • Bakhtawar Seerat

    Assalomoalaikum,
    I was having the problem of “NO RUIM CARD” on 3G Android Smartphone IVIO Pro and was searching for it.Found nothing but your query again n again.I started hit and trial and solved the problem as follows:
    Settings > wireless n network >mobile network>cdma>nv
    Hope this will help you.
    Keep in prayers.

  • smr

    I bought this thing.First impression it is ok.Speed test not more than 1Mb.Battery 3 four hours in use.I can not rely and put my GSM sim in this phone due to battery life. For hotspot home use it is good because you need to plug in power all the time and can use phone with the power plug in.I put CDMA sim ptcl vfone in it.My 3G connection went off no more internet even after removing SIM.Removed SIM Called help line did some settings and gets normal.Thank you help line. My motive was to get rid of my 1Mb dsl along with ptcl phone hope will fulfill as long as long this phone can sustain the power plug in for longer times and I am doubtful.For speed my 1Mb dsl and this 3G is same the as I have full signals for 3G.
    My opinionIts it complicated using SIM cards Mobile phone networks and GPRS. Anyways good toy for me for time being and hopefully dump soon.

  • Rao

    its mean,You are enjoying the 3 G cell phone.My 3G cell and services are also working perfectly.Till now no issue.Fine.

  • Jalal

    have any one know about access point setting of EVO for android.. i think i m missing this in my phone..

  • shariq

    same no RUIM card error , support have no answer!

  • Technologist

    im using this from one week and Believe me its worth every penny spent.

    Speed is great and wifi hotspot via internet teethering is unbelievable fast. I have compared it with my 2MB PTCL DSL connection and it proved much better.

    Its must have for frequent travellers, tried it in islamabad, gujrat, on roads in Lahore and it always worked fine.

    Please note that u need to select NIV instead of RUIM in settings.
    My first set was not working properly on bottom soft keys and I got new phone set in warranty from airlink office easily.

    Over all rating 9/10

  • Majid

    Jalal Follow the below.

    Settings->Wireless and network (2nd option)->Mobile networks (last option)->CDMA Subcripition(3rd otion) after selecting this ,There will show 2 options.Check the NV option if not selected.Reply back after done it then will tell you further.

    • Jalal

      @Majid.. Thank bhai for reply.. mera problem solve ho gya hay.. yeh gis option ka aap bata rahay ho woh meray mobile main missing thi.. phir main nay apna softwre update kia to woh option aa gai…. thnks for ur reply..

      TC

  • Zahid

    Did futura offe new evo tarrif?

  • Zahid

    -Offer

  • Majid

    @Jalal now enjoy the 3G..;)

  • Majid

    Now MAX package is also available .

    MAX->Rs 2000 ->Unlimited downloading for 30 days

    Smartphone’s Price->Rs 16000 (Rs 18000 including MAX package)

  • irfan

    ho ga made in china

  • Khan

    I think its Made in Malaysia.

  • majid

    We are still in Old Stone Age. One line ‘Made in chin’. You know that even I Phone is made in china.Nokia and all famous brands. They have set their factories over there because labor and technology are cheap there and we as a nation still in crap ‘MADE IN CHINA’.

  • qaiser

    i wanna sale my ivio icon pro

  • qaiser

    cell no. 0342-7904590
    i want to sale my de88 ivio icon pro for 17000 all warenty with full 3g package

  • zafar

    Why do you want to sale?Any issue in set?

  • Ahmed

    PTCL 3G smartphone is available in market now.It was short before it.

  • Kamran Ahmed

    I want to ask that can i install skype in this phone?

  • zafar

    Yes you can install but it will not do video calls (you can do only audio calls on skype) but for video calls you could use ‘TANGO’ software on this phone.

  • kazi khadim

    what about my comments?

  • kazi khadim

    from where can we bye the smartphone?

  • ali

    i have been using this mobile since 3 months or so. first of all its not PTCL evo as they say it, its just the cdma net which u get from PTCL v wireless phone. second i got it of 6 months plan and my data limit finished in 2 months or so(where as i am not a regular user of net on the go). third no technical assistance what so ever from PTCL.
    so as a whole an average gadget not something very new or usefull.

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