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JioPhone: A feature phone which works like a smartphone!

JioPhone: A feature phone which works like a smartphone!
22 Jul 2017
  • On July 21, Reliance Jio launched its new product: a 4G VoLTE feature phone that is being offered effectively for free.
  • As it did with its unlimited calling and data packs launched last year, Jio is likely to disrupt the market once again with this latest move.
  • Here's all you need to know about the new Jio product.

  • What is the under the hood?
    Features
  • The software in the phone is likely based on the now-defunct Firefox OS.
  • A unique feature is that it facilitates secure mobile payments through NFC, like Apple Pay or Samsung Pay.
  • It supports 22 Indian languages. Long-pressing 5 will send a distress message to chosen contacts.
  • Another interesting accessory is the JioPhone Cable TV, which lets users connect their phones to television via cable.

  • Costs, plans and more
    Services
  • The phone is being given for free, but customers will have to pay a security deposit of Rs. 1,500, refundable after 36 months.
  • A monthly plan of Rs. 153 will come by default. It will have unlimited calling and data capped at 500MB daily. The Rs. 309 plan is mandatory for JioPhone TV.
  • There are also new 'sachet plans', including seven-day and two-day plans.

  • When and where will it be available?
    Availability
  • Beta testers will get the phone from August 15. Pre-booking is expected to start 10 days later.
  • Though date hasn't been announced for the sale yet, it will likely start in September.
  • Pre-bookings can be made on the Jio website, app, or offline at Reliance Digital stores.
  • It will later be produced in India, but place of manufacture of the first batch is unclear.

  • Jio aims to connect 99% of India's population
    Plans
  • At its 40th AGM, Jio said it aims to get 99% of India's population connected on its network. In the next 12 months, it is also expecting that India will have more 4G coverage than 2G.
  • The company said it currently has over 100mn paying customers. Over 120cr GB of data is consumed every month.
  • It also announced plans for the launch of JioFiber.



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