India: Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio will launch its 4G feature JioPhone from September and pre-bookings – for Rs 500 – will begin on Thursday evening.
Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, or Jio, is an LTE mobile network operator in India. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries headquartered in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra that provides wireless 4G LTE service network (without 2G/3G based services) and is the only ‘VoLTE-only’ (Voice over LTE) operator in the country which lacks legacy network support of 2G and 3G, with coverage across all 22 telecom circles in India.
The introduction of Reliance’s ‘effectively free’ phone is likely to further stiffen competition in the telecom sector already disrupted by Ambani’s venture.
Here’s all you need to know about the JioPhone:
JioPhone will be given against a payment of a fully-refundable deposit of Rs 1500 for three years. Customers can pre-book JioPhone for Rs 500 and the balance Rs 1000 can be paid at the time of delivery in September.
The total amount will be refunded after 36 months when the customer returns the phone.
What does the scheme offer and what are your options?
Voice calling for customers of the JioPhone will remain free and users will get unlimited data for a month against a payment of Rs 153. Jio will introduce a weekly plan for Rs 53 and a two-day plan for Rs 23 for unlimited data access.
On availing the Rs 309 monthly data plan, customers will be eligible for the JioPhone TV cable that enables mirroring the content onto a bigger screen. The cable connects to all televisions, including the older CRTs. Users can watch up to four hours of video content on a large screen daily.
What are the features of the phone?
The 4G VoLTE smart feature phone will come with pre-loaded Jio apps for messaging and entertainment. The phone will also include some of the popular instant messaging and social networking apps.
It can be operated by speaking out instructions to dial and type messages. The phone can be connected with television sets for watching live TV using the Jio TV app.
The Reliance JioPhone comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display and has NFC support for digital payments. It supports 22 Indian languages.
How to book your JioPhone?
The JioPhone can be pre-booked online and offline from 5:30pm on Thursday. The initial instalment for booking is Rs 500.
Visit the MyJio app or the Reliance Jio website to register. The website will ask your name, email ID, phone number, and pin code for the registration. For offline bookings, visit the nearest Reliance Digital store or Jio retailers.
Remember the phone will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
According to reports, Reliance Jio may launch a new 4G-capable laptop with dedicated 4G SIM slot, besides more offers and deeper discounts.