WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) is the mobile internet surfing counterpart of 'http'. A WAP browser provides all of the basic services of a computer based web browser but simplified to operate within the restrictions of a mobile phone, such as its smaller view screen.
It is a portal which works on WAP and has all the functionality and utility of a web site. The only difference is that it is available on Mobile phones. In simple words you can understand it as a web site whose appearance is customized to make it appear good to the mobile users and fit into the small mobile screen.
'BSNL Live' is a WAP Portal which offers one stop shop for all your Information, Entertainment, and Communication related requirements. Through 'BSNL Live' you can watch LIVE TV (Hello TV) and movies on your mobile, download exciting Videos clips games, songs, thousands of applications and personalize your mobile phone with wallpapers and ringtones of your choice. To access BSNLLive visit WAP site 'http://bsnllive.in’ from your mobile phone and experience the thrill.
It provides you a variety of services to suit your every day mood. To name a few following services are on offer.
• APPS STORE: Apps Store service provides thousands of applications, utilities, games and themes for all BSNL Mobile (2G/2.5G/3G) customers to purchase and download applications for use on their handsets.
• HELLO TV: Watch HELLO TV is a Live TV service which offers more than 50 channels on your mobile. This service is available for both 2G and 3G users with compatible handsets. With HELLO TV you can now watch Live TV on your mobile anywhere anytime.
• MOVIES : Movies can be streamed on demand i.e. the content is played in real time on your mobile from 'BSNL Live' directly without first getting stored.
• VIDEOS: Video clips of 3-5 minutes (approx.) on an average are available on demand. You can choose videos and download from the available huge library of content at 'BSNL Live'. The categories of content varies from astrology, recipes/ cookery, entertainment, cricket to beauty tips/ clips, comics/ animation, Movies and Movie trailers, Music, Multimedia games and wallpapers, and other different tones/tunes . In addition to above more and more categories of video clips will be added to suit every taste and choice.
• MUSIC - Full track song download: You can download thousands of full track audio songs (mp3) of your choice through 'BSNL Live'.
• GAMES: Various Categories of Games viz. Regular (Simple & premium) and multiplayer branded games are available. You will be able to see only games which are compatible with your handsets. Thus you need not to worry about compatibility of games. At the time of download you will be required to pay charges of games.
Access to above services is recommended for 3G Subscribers for better experience but other content viz. Wallpapers, Themes, Screen-savers, Ring-tones etc. can be used/downloaded by all the GSM subscribers.
To access the 'BSNL Live' you need to have correct settings in your mobile. You may get these settings in following ways:
• All the settings required to access 'BSNL Live' & avail different services on 'BSNL Live' will be pushed to your handset by BSNL on its own.
• You can also ask for the settings by sending
of your handset to 58355 by SMS e.g.
to 58355. After you send the SMS you will in response get several settings on your handset viz. 'bsnllive', 'bsnlstream' etc.
• You may also call BSNL Customer Care Center to know the settings.
Once you get all the settings, you have to save all of them. Out of these several settings the one pertaining to 'BSNL Live' (will appear as 'bsnllive') should be saved as default. In some handsets the word 'Bookmark' is used instead of default. Thereafter, whenever you want to access 'BSNL Live' you click on your Web browser in your mobile; the 'BSNL Live' bookmark will be visible to you and clicking on it will lead you to the Welcome page. Settings for movie streaming (will appear as 'bsnlstream') may also be saved in your mobile.
Yes, if your handset is GPRS capable and activated for GPRS service. However only the services compatible to your handset will be visible to you and in case of watching Hello TV/Movies you need a video player supported handset.
'BSNL Live' can be accessed by all GSM (2.5 G and 3G) subscribers. However it is recommended that for better experience for Hello TV, videos, movies and full track songs and multiplayer games which are heavy on data you should have a 3G connection otherwise your experience will be greatly reduced and the downloads for audio and video clips will take longer time.
Video on Demand service provides you a choice of downloading video clips out of thousands of videos available on ‘BSNL Live'. The price of individual Video is based on its type and it may vary from one video to another. The price of individual videos ranges from Rs.5/- to Rs. 20/- while the full length movie price is Rs. 40/-.
For each video the price will be displayed to you when you click on it to purchase for download. You will have to agree to the price of the video before the video download begins. But the deduction from your account will happen only after a successful download.
BSNLlive is the first 3G WAP portal that offers features that are not available on any other WAP Portal like; Live TV direct streaming, Movie on Demand, Unlimited 3G Games, Full length Audios, Videos on Demand, Ringtones, True-tones & Poly-tones.
Process for downloading is common for all categories of content and self explanatory on ‘BSNL Live'. For your reference it has been explained here pictorially for videos:
• It is the home page view; now click on the link you wish to explore, in this case videos.
• The above click opens the category view within Videos. Based on your interest you can explore further. For example you move to Bollywood videos category.
• This list gives you various contents grouped under the Bollywood video section. You need to choose one video out of many.
• Once you click on a video it opens to a dedicated page to the selected content. You click on the Buy tab.
• 'Clicking' on to the 'buy' Tab, the price of the content is displayed. By clicking on the download link you finally give your consent to buy the content and content download starts. Once the download is complete the amount is deducted.
Once you reach the ‘BSNL Live' Welcome WAP page you will find category for Music and Games. Clicking on any one of these will provide you with the list of games or music which are compatible with your handset and is available for download.
Streaming video/movie is content sent in compressed form over the Internet in a continuous stream and displayed to you on your mobile device in real time without getting stored in your mobile. The streaming content (Movie) can be viewed in a fixed time window i.e. whenever it is being streamed; whereas a downloaded video can be viewed at any point of time after download and any number of times. For a streaming movie you have to remain connected to the network during the playtime of the movie. Streaming is good to view large video files as the same cannot be stored on the available limited memory of mobile. In case of streaming the content charges shall be deducted at the start of streaming.
The movies are streaming content; which is not allowed to be downloaded. For your convenience BSNL splits the movies in suitable 2-6 parts of 20-30 minutes each. You can view one part at a time by clicking on each part of movie one by one. However you should finish viewing all the part of the movie in specified allotted time which is 48 hours at present. The charges of the movie will be deducted only once, at the start of first part. It is not necessary to watch the parts sequentially. These parts can be viewed randomly and also repeatedly many times in the allotted time.
Until you have a successful download no money is deducted from your account. In such a situation when you come back into the network area, you can retry for your content. If you move from 3G area to 2.5G area the download speed will reduce to the speed of 2.5 G network. Download/ streaming continuity is defined in Question no. 17. In case of partial download/streaming the surfing/download charges shall be applicable.
You can view all of your subscriptions through ‘MyPage' option on ‘BSNL Live'. To unsubscribe any Value Added Service you will have to click on the individual subscribed service and choose ‘unsubscribe' option.
3G Connection is advisable to experience Video on Demand, Movie streaming, Full track song download and multiplayer games as 3G will help in better browsing and better user experience. Hence don't wait now and migrate to 3G.
The handset should be capable for WAP, GPRS. For video the handset should have support for some video protocols like RTP and inbuilt real player. Some of the services (videos/ Games etc.) will not be visible to you if your handset is not capable of supporting these services. Only those services which are supported by your handset will be visible to you from ‘BSNL Live'.