Reliance Jio’s JioPhone has finally been announced. Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani at the company’s Annual General Meeting today. JioPhone, the much anticipated 4G VoLTE enabled feature phone is finally here and it will hit the market in September 2017. The JioPhone will be available for testing from August 15, which Ambani declared to be a ‘Digital Freedom’ for Indian feature phone users. The Reliance Jio Phone will be available for pre-booking from August 24 in India. This phone will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. The RIL chairman & MD called the new JioPhone as ‘India ka smartphone’, and it will arrive loaded with features like expandable SD card slot, 4-way navigation, and more. The JioPhone will come at an effective price of Rs 0. This means, you can buy the phone at Rs 1500, which will be refunded after 3 years. Interestingly, the basic price you have to pay per month is Rs 153 to use the JioPhone. But what will you get in it?
What will you get on Jio Phone in Rs 153 per month? The whole cost of using the JioPhone with free calls and unlimited data will be just Rs 153 per month. Under this offer, users will get half a GB, which means 0.5GB data per day. After the FUP ends, the speed will come down to 128 kbps. Additionally, if the amount still looks to be more to pay at a time, there are options like a weekly package of Rs 54 and two-day plan for Rs 24, which offer the same amount of data per day. Also, if you wish to stream video content from Jio apps to your TV screens at home, this package might not be enough. Ambani has suggested that all such users can avail the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan plan at Rs 309 per month. Ambani has said that the JioPhone will come with an ‘effective price of Rs 0’ offer. Under this offer, interested customers will be able to buy the phone by paying a refundable security deposit of Rs 1500. This amount will be refunded after a period of 3 years. Mukesh Ambai said that the ‘effective price’ is zero because users will get their money back in 36 months. He said that the Rs 1500 is only a security deposit, only to ‘avoid any potential misuse of data’.
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The RIL Chairman has said that the JioPhone has been made in India by Indian engineers and the company expects that 5 million JioPhone units will be available every week for customers. We will get more information on the JioPhone in the coming month.
Watch the Reliance JioPhone launch video here:
Some of the features of JioPhone: Reliance calls Jio Phone as the most intelligent, affordable phone in the world. JioPhone has a keyboard. Users can speak to the phone as well with voice commands. It also supports all languages. JioPhone comes with the option of browsing the internet. The highlight of this phone is the 4G VoLTE, it has a voice command interface, and comes pre-loaded with Jio’s apps loaded on it. JioPhone has a 2.4-inch display and can play the JioCinema app as well. So users can watch movies on this feature/smartphone smash. It has an SOS feature as well, which can be activated by pressing 5. The JioPhone will always have free voice calls.