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|Founder||Sudhir Hasija & Pardeep Jain |
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|Products||Mobile phones, Smartphones, Tablets|
|Services||Mobile Phone Manufacturing|
|Revenue||₹650 crore (US$91 million)|
Number of employees
|Parent||Jaina Group and UTL Group|
Karbonn Mobiles is a leading Indian mobile device manufacturing company founded in March 2009. It is a vendor of feature phones, smartphones, tablets and mobile phone accessories.
Karbonn is a joint venture between United Telelinks Ltd., a Bengaluru-based firm and Jaina Marketing and Associates, headquartered in Okhla. Karbonn Mobiles also has a strategic ties with Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited.
The firm's total investment in the Indian consumer market was over US$5 million in the year 2011. The firm contracted with semiconductor companies for their handsets and targets mainly the Indian market. The firm has over 85,000 retailers and 870 service centres (around 150 dedicated exclusively for Karbonn) across India. Karbonn Mobiles aims at registering a turnover of ₹4,000 crore during the 2013-14 financial year.
The company struck a deal with Eros International Media Ltd., the makers of Rajinikanth-starrer film Kochadaiyaan (2013). The deal involved the manufacture of five lakh (500,000) items of Kochadaiyaan merchandise with screen savers and images from the film, the trailer, behind-the-scenes shots, the signature tune of the film, and the lead actor's signature on back cover of phones.
Karbonn ties with online digital entertainment service provider Hungama.Com and have an app preinstalled.
In October 2012, Karbonn announced the launch of their brand extension 'Karbonn Smart'. The range includes a smart tab and smartphones based on Android operating system. In February 2014, Microsoft announced Karbonn as a hardware partner of Windows Phone operating system.
Karbonn Sparkle V is one of the initial Android One phones manufactured by Karbonn Mobiles in cooperation with Google Inc. Gionee India was sold to Karbonn Mobiles in September 2018 with license of its brand.
Karbonn was ranked the 77th most trusted brand in India among 1,200, by The Brand Trust Report 2014, a study conducted by brand analytics company Trust Research Advisory. In the 2017 edition of the report, it stands at the 350th position among 1,000 Indian companies surveyed.
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