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Flipkart revises return policy; Oxigen in talks with BSNL to offer telecom services

E-commerce company Flipkart has revised its return policy for most top-selling products, reducing the window for returns to 10 days from the earlier 30, while digital wallet Oxigen is in talks with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to offer telecom services as a virtual network operator. Here is a quick look at the day’s top technology stories from different newspapers in India.

FlipkartFlipkart reduces return window to 10 days for top-selling products

Flipkart has revised its return policy for most top-selling products including electronics, books and mobile phones, reducing the number of days within which customers can send back a product to 10 from the earlier 30, according to The Economic Times. However, the 30-day return policy will continue to apply for clothing, footwear, watches and eyewear, jewellery and fashion accessories. Furthermore, sellers on its platform will have to pay higher commissions from June 20 as Flipkart has hiked its marketplace fees. This will increase product prices on the e-commerce platform by 9%. Flipkart also stated that it is stopping its Zero+ Commission Policy, under which certain groups of sellers were allowed to advertise on the platform instead of paying a commission fee.

Oxigen in talks with BSNL to operate as VNO

Digital wallet firm Oxigen is looking to offer telecom services as a virtual network operator (VNO) by the end of this year and is in talks with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and other telecom operators, according to The Economic Times. As a VNO, Oxigen will be able to provide its customers voice and data services by leasing bandwidth from different operators. This move comes after the telecom department issued license guidelines for VNOs last week, allowing a new class of firms to serve as an extension of network service operator or telecom service providers. The introduction of VNOs is expected to reduce the tariffs for telecom services. These entities can offer all the services of a VNO and will have to pay the government a fee.

Microsoft may not make consumer mobile phones

Microsoft was recently in the news for laying off 1,850 jobs in Finland, raising questions about the fate of its Nokia acquisition. The Redmond firm has now sent a memo to its original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) which said it will “continue to support and update the Lumia devices that are currently in the market, and the development of Windows 10 phones by OEMs, such as HP, Acer, Alcatel, VAIO, and Trinity; as well as develop great new devices”, according to a report by The Deccan Chronicle. That indicates it will not be making any consumer phones to take on Android and Apple’s iOS any time soon, and will instead focus on devices for the business segment.

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