Reliance Jio will launch its 4G feature JioPhone from September and pre-bookings for Rs 500 will start on Thursday evening.
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:
What is the scheme?
JioPhone will be given against a payment of a fully-refundable deposit of Rs 1500 for 3 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 3 years 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 2-day plan for Rs 23 and a weekly plan for Rs 53 for unlimited data access.
On Using the Rs 309 monthly data plan, customers will be eligible for the JioPhone TV cable that provides mirroring the content onto a bigger screen. The cable connects to all televisions, including the older CRTs. Users can watch up to 4 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 entertainment and messaging. The phone will also include some of the popular social networking and instant messaging 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 Reliance Jio website or the MyJio app to register. The website will ask your name, phone number, email ID 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.