Finally, on Friday Reliance had launched their most awaited and long rumoured 4G feature phone in the market. This smartphone is dubbed as “India Ka Smartphone” or JioPhone, the most interesting thing is that this feature phone is launched with the price tag of Rs. 0. At the time of buying this phone, the buyer has to give a security deposit of Rs. 1500 which is a refundable amount. This phone will boost the vision of Mukesh Ambani to reach each and every house with their network.
The specs sheet of this feature phone will also shock you. Have you ever heard about any feature phone supporting 4G and android apps? The answer might be negative. But India Ka Smartphone features the apps like JioCinema, JioTV and JioMusic and everyone already knows this phone support VoLTE. So know, its your time to enjoy Jio 4G service free of cost.
JioPhone release date and other availability details
JioPhone will be available for testing from August 15 and you can book this phone from August 24 from MyJio app and Jio retail stores. One more thing, users who pro-book will be able to buy the phone from September. The phone will be given on first come first serve basis.
Users can either pay Rs. 153 every month, for which they will get free voice and SMS, and unlimited data (High speed FUP is 500MB every day), alongside Jio applications. They can likewise pay Rs. 309 every month to get this, in addition to the help for reflecting your screen on a TV, through a link that can even be connected to CRT TVs. Following three years, you can return the phone, and you will get the full refund. Beside that, the organization will likewise have two sachet packs, at Rs. 24 for two days, or Rs. 54 every week, for users who would prefer not to focus on Rs. 153 as a forthright installment.
JioPhone features and specifications
The JioPhone was introduced by Akash and Isha Ambani, revealing the phone’s support voice commands, along with standard feature phone functionality. Isha Ambani said that the phone looks familiar by design, to ensure that it is easy to use. The phone comes with a number of apps and browser installed aside from Jio’s offerings too. On stage, we caught glimpses of the JioPhone browser, Facebook, and also PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat broadcast.
The company will also be adding NFC support to the JioPhone to allow tap and pay solutions with a linked bank account, Akash Ambani said. This will also support UPI payments, and debit and credit card payments, similar to Samsung Pay, he said. The company confirmed the phone will have a 2.4-inch display, panic button, expandable storage, and FM radio, among other features.
“There are 78 crore mobile phones in India,” Mukesh Ambani pointed out. “However, in this 78 crore, there are more than 50 crore feature phone users, who have been left out. They can neither afford the cheapest LTE smartphone, nor the exorbitant cost of data.”
To accomplish this, the company needs to deliver on three pillars, Ambani said – connectivity, data affordability, and device affordability. “Jio is a data strong network built for the Internet from the ground up,” he said. “The TRAI speedtest portal has consistently ranked Jio as the clear 4G network leader in coverage, usage, and data speeds.”
“Our network continues to rapidly expand. Jio, in the next 12 months, will cover 99 percent of the population. India’s 4G coverage will be more than its 2G coverage,” he added. To meet the need for device affordability, the company realised it would have to release a 4G VoLTE feature phone, as even an entry level smartphone costs between Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 4,500, Ambani said.