Cheap Alternative Computers & How To Convert a TV into Internet Computer ?

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How To Convert an Old / New TV into Internet Computer?
(How To Convert an Old / New TV into Smart TV?)

There are many ways to make a TV into Smart TV or Internet TV.
They normally cost more than Rs.5-6,000/-
There are many ifs & buts.

Normal CRT TV with RCA connectors can be converted to Internet Computer.
It simply means If You are able to connect a DVD Player
on your any type of Old / New TV
This device will work.
You need not latest LCD / LED TV.
But I am going to discuss about a cheap option.
Rs 3000/- only.

You can watch Movie on Old / New TV via SD Card / Memory Card.
Movies are generally 700Mb - 1Gb -2Gb.
If your DCD Player does not have Pen Drive Slot,
then watch Movie through its memory card.

What is possible?
Keyboard Typing
Internet Browser (Opera Browsing)
SMS
EMAIL
SD Card
Apps
Media - Audio / Video
Games
Document Accessing
Editing via Google Docs
Most of the things possible You can do on Opera Browser.
What else do you need.
A small Memory card can be sufficient.

Why I am interested?
I have computer, Mobile etc.
When I am away on a tour.
I do not have big screen.
So, I can carry it for big screen experience.
I have internet package on a vodafone sim.

https://www.vodafone.in/webbox/pages/experience_webbox.aspx?cid=mum

Vodafone launches Webbox ? an innovative plug and play keyboard, bringing internet to your television - Vodafone
Vodafone launches Webbox –
an innovative plug and play keyboard, bringing internet to your television

11 February 2011
(Yes, This was launched in 2011)
Vodafone today announces the launch of the Vodafone Webbox,
the first device of its kind, bringing affordable internet access
to a customer’s existing television set,
just by plugging in a keyboard.


webbox_news.jpg



The Webbox is a Vodafone innovation
developed specifically for customers
in emerging markets,
where technology and cost barriers
often exclude many from enjoying affordable,
ready internet access at home or in the workplace.

A sleek, black, 14 x 25cm QWERTY keyboard,
the Webbox uses standard RCA connectors
to plug into the television.
With no set-up required,
the plug and play keyboard
converts any standard domestic
television into an internet portal.


Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s Group Director of Terminals said: “The Webbox is a simple yet very innovative product. It has the potential to make a powerful difference in the lives of people in emerging markets who have limited access to the internet, but where TV penetration is typically very high. The simplicity of the product is striking – it brings the internet to the TV, be that at home for the family, in schools for education or in small businesses to assist local economic growth.”

The Webbox home screen allows the customer to navigate easily between the core services: Opera Mini 5.1 internet access; SMS and email messaging; internet search and media services including FM radio and a photo gallery tool, as well as a music player.

The Webbox Opera Mini browser runs over the 2.5G and EDGE mobile networks, compressing data by around 90% and so serving fast-loading internet pages. The browser homepage comes with bookmarks such as news, sport and social networking sites as well as locally relevant apps such as a job search and application service. In addition, the portal comes with some games, a dictionary and a basic text editor.

In South Africa, Vodacom has today announced that they will start selling the Webbox from next week. Other markets across Vodafone’s emerging market footprint will launch in 2011.
Rs. 3999/- at
Vodafone Webbox - Convert your TV into a Computer - Buy Online with Best Prices @ Shopping.IndiaTimes.com

Rs. 3,799/-
http://www.naaptol.com/smart-devices/vodafone-webbox/p/12212376.html

vodafone-webbox 3.jpg



Rs. 2999/-
Is this possible?
Where?
How?
visit now & get the special cost now:
1. ebay
Vodafone Webbox (Mini Computer) Convert Ur TV into a Smart TV (Free-2GB SD Card) | eBay

2. HomeShop18
Vodafone Webbox - Convert Your TV Into a Smart TV | TV Boxes | electronics-store | HomeShop18.com

This is Web BOX:
webbox.jpg

Detail as on HomeShop 18:
1. Web Browsing - Opera Mini55 Web Browser
* 90% compression results in 7 times faster webpage download on Edge
* Supports multiple websites simultaneously through tabs
* 15 popular short-cuts / bookmarks for India preloaded, additional 15 can be added by the user
* Access Facebook, Twitter and other Social Networking websites

2. E-mail
* 4 popular email accounts settings already available enabling easy email start by just entering email ID and password for Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail and Rediffmail
* Other email accounts can be set-up using its POP3/IMAP4 setting
* Download and view attachments from the emails and save it on the memory card
* Compose emails and attach files saved on microSD Card

3. Office Application with Editable Documents to Go
* Read and Create Word, Excel and PowerPoint
* Type letters, notes in word, enter home expenses or other financial details in excel, express your thoughts with PowerPoint and view PDF files

4. Multimedia
* Play videos and music saved on microSD card on your TV
* Enjoy FM Radio
* Play music in the background while you Surf the Net or work on Webbox
* Create music Playlists
* Pictures can be viewed as Slideshow
* Pre-loaded entertaining games

5. SMS/MMS Support
*Create, send and receive SMS/MMS from your Webbox

6. Multitasking
* On long press of home key one can see the multiple applications opened in the background on Webbox and can switch among them

7. Social Networking
* Use Facebook shortcut or create additional shortcuts in the web browser to access your social networking sites easily

8. Other Applications
* Text editor, English dictionary, Calculator, Calendar, Notepad, Stopwatch

9. Memory
* Up to 16GB expandable memory

10. Compatibility
* Webbox is compatible with all TVs that have the RCA connector (the red and yellow and white connector)
It makes any TV an Android Internet Computer.

Main Features:
* Access Internet by using 2G GPRS/EDGE
* Inbuilt 2G SIM Card Slot
* Browse Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Yahoo, etc
* Web Browsing-Opera Mini 5.5 Web Browser
* Send/Receive emails
* Work on editable Word, Excel, PowerPoint
* Play FM, Music, Videos
* See photos and play preloaded games
* Send/ Receive SMS/MMS
* Surf Hindi Websites

Package Contents
Webbox
Battery
Charger
2GB microSD Card
English/Hindi User Manual
and Warranty Card

(2GB microSD card is inserted inside the card slot of Webbox)

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This is Android web box :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE9P9-6xcI4

Check above Video.
There are many videos how to check / install etc.
Search on Google and find them.


Source of Pictures: Websites of Vodafone & Homeshop18 from above given links
 
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turbohead

In Pursuit of Happyness
The price is very good, however why anyone would need this as all these functions can easily be done on any smart phone ?

Why would I sit in front of my tv to check my mails/browse/social networking sites /edit documents ?

IMO only multimedia interface and net connectivity is only thing what is required, which is by default in almost all modern day tvs.
 

SachinOnTop

Full Use Else Lose
@Ankur: I was also wondering on similar lines.

Slight OT: Do you have any external HDD with ethernet connectivity? For how long it is safe to keep it ON? I read that keeping them 'Always ON' is not recommended.
 

turbohead

In Pursuit of Happyness
@Ankur: I was also wondering on similar lines.

Slight OT: Do you have any external HDD with ethernet connectivity? For how long it is safe to keep it ON? I read that keeping them 'Always ON' is not recommended.
Sachin its on since past couple of years, no issues encountered so far.
 

adsatinder

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@ turbohead
@ SachinOnTop
You are Up-To-Date Gentlemen.
There are many common men like me,
who are running CRT TV. (Picture Tube TV)

This item is for those who does not have a computer
and do not want to have a computer
but want to enjoy internet at home on big screen.
This is target to those only.

As I have mentioned,
You can watch Movie on Old / New TV via SD Card / Memory Card.
Movies are generally 700Mb - 1Gb -2Gb.
If your DCD Player does not have Pen Drive Slot,
then watch Movie through its memory card.
Why I am interested?
I have computer, Mobile etc.
When I am away on a tour.
I do not have big screen.
So, I can carry it for big screen experience.
I have internet package on a vodafone sim.
There are many people who want to play android games on big screen.
More things on Big Screen.
This is for those only.

Those who are having latest gadgets will need not to go for this piece.
Every thing has its own market.
 
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anupmathur

Super Moderator
Staff member
....
There are many people who want to play android games on big screen.
......
and do not want to have a computer
but want to enjoy internet at home on big screen.
This is target to those only.
....
Those who are having latest gadgets will need not to go for this piece.
Every thing has its own market.
How would a computer illiterate even know that something called 'Android Games' exists?!! :eek:

And you are not a computer illiterate, as you would like to have us believe!!
 

adsatinder

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When people have something,
they start to experiment.

People who visit to them,
will tell them Games can be played.
They can show them about Game,
may be on cheaper China made Mobiles.
This way they can check / play Android Games.

China made Android sets are now coming in approx 2k5 cost with 4+ inch Screens.
Even Samsung / Micromax have reached at 5K price point for Android with GPS.
http://www.knowyourmobile.in/android/7311/top-10-cheapest-android-phone-india-below-rs-5000-september-2013
World is changing fast.
Even 1GB RAM sets (LAVA / Spice type companies)
are now even on 10K Border.

When something new comes,
children are most enthusiastic ones.
They find everything more than we know.
Children have friends in their school and
they talk about their new possessions.

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I know people who are reluctant to have internet
just because of cost involved in a computer and
maintenance is also at a good cost.
They are not from corporate world that needs computer or email every now & then.
They may have small kids.
They need just because they have their own goals and
want to have internet, just afraid of cost involved and
hence keeping themselves away from this.
You can say this will be their 1st step towards internet & computer.
This is just for a habit that will grab them to have more in future.

This thing is going to make a dent in a particular market.
There is huge market untapped till now.
Telecom Companies are more aggressive not in Mobile sector
but Internet is their new growth segment.
They have to encash their potentials as telecom regulator
is very strict now in other things / issues, SMS etc part.

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Only 10% of our well being population is on internet.
Even all percentage of this category of people is not computer savvy.
Their is huge potential in this.
When You have 90% of population to develop the market at least You can have 5-10% of that.
Vodafone is aggressive in this now.
Other companies also have started to tap and develop this market.
This Device is very good entry level internet gadget.
People who can afford DVD Player can now enjoy internet on TV.
 
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Pareesh Trehan

Pareesh Trehan
When people have something,
they start to experiment.

People who visit to them
tell them Games can be played.
They can show them about Game,
may be on cheaper China made Mobiles.
This way they can check / play Android Games.

China made Android sets are now coming in approx 2k5 cost with 4+ inch Screens.
Even Samsung / Micromax have reached at 5K price point for Android with GPS.
Top 10 cheapest Android phone in India below Rs 5,000 for September 2013 - News | Know Your Mobile India
World is changing fast.
Even 1GB RAM sets (LAVA / Spice type companies)
are now even on 10K Border.

When something new comes,
children are most enthusiastic ones.
They find everything more than we know.
Children have friends in their school and
they talk about their new possessions.

- - - Updated - - -

I know people who are reluctant to have internet
just because of cost involved in a computer and
maintenance is also at a good cost.
They are not from corporate world that needs computer or email every now & then.
They may have small kids.
They need just because they have their own goals and
want to have internet, just afraid of cost involved and
hence keeping themselves away from this.
You can say this will be their 1st step towards internet & computer.
This is just for a habbit that will grab them to have more in future.

This thing is going to make a dent in a particular market.
There is huge market untapped till now.
Telecom Companies are more aggressive not in Mobile sector but Internet is their new growth segment.
They have to encash their potentials as telecom regulator is very strict now in other SMS etc part.

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Only 10% of our well being population is on internet.
Even all percentage of this category of people is not computer savvy.
Their is huge potential in this.
When You have 90% of population to develop the market at least You can have 5-10% of that.
Vodafone is aggressive in this now.
Other companies also have started to tap and develop this market.
Great thought Satinder Bhaaji, =D>

Let us now explore the actual potential of Bharat instead of India, it is just like our 90 % subconscious mind which actually controls everything but cannot come forward, it is the core of actual calibre but often remains invisible or hide behind its visible front India.
It is great information for those brothers & sisters , who are having much more other priorities to spend on a high class gadget/technology but having desires to provide latest technology on economical cost to their kins.
 

adsatinder

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Yes,
We should welcome this & such device,
as Number of BCMT Members
will also increase with time.
May some members will use this device from their home.

What You see today here is just 10% of BCMT.
Ready for 90%.
This is infrastructure Device for internet
and BCMT & other Forums.

Facebook & Twitter have come in Share market,
just because of such thought to grow.

If BCMT continues to be friendly enough,
I can see the Huge Potential here also.
Wishing Good Luck for All !

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When such devices will be popular,
many new and better equipped devices will follow.
 

adsatinder

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Now I can say we have many cheap alternative of Computers !
There are many ways to make a cheap computer or use alternatives in 2016.
No need to buy a big computer.
If you need to surf only and get some information or check email or See some documents,
you can get some gadgets.
Android Mobile / Tablet is better and common available computer in hand of a common man.
You can use it as a computer. Attach keyboard. Attach mouse. Attach USB Pen Drive.
A Mobile with 2G/3G/4G or a USB dongle with wifi can be used to connect to internet.

I am going to give some ideas in next posts/ pages.
Please add some more that you know !
 
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