After Reliance Jio and Airtel, state-run telecom company BSNL has jumped on the bandwagon of cheap 4G phones in India. The country still has a large population (around 50 crores) which cannot afford a smartphone. Targetting this segment Jio Phone, Airtel Karbonn A40, and now BSNL Micromax Bharat 1 are trying to lure in the people who are still not connected to the world of internet. While the Jio Phone and BSNL mobile are 4G enabled feature phones, the Airtel mobile is a smartphone. The BSNL Micromax device will hit the markets soon, priced at Rs 2,200. Meanwhile, Jio Phone promises to refund your money, Airtel offers extra data benefits on its mobile. If the offers look confusing to you, here is a detailed explanation of how the three phones differ in terms of price, availability, recharge options, and specifications.
BSNL Bharat 1 vs Jio Phone vs Airtel Karbonn mobile pricing: BSNL Bharat 1 is priced at Rs 2200. This is the company’s first 4G VoLTE enabled 4G phone which it has launched in partnership with Micromax. Meanwhile, the Reliance Jio Phone has been effectively priced at Rs 0. Buyers of the Jio mobile are required to pay a sum of Rs 1,500 which is refundable after a period of 3 years. The amount is divided into Rs 500 (at the time of booking) and Rs 1,000 at the time of delivery. Once the user returns the device after 3 years, they will get their money back. Airtel’s Karbon A40 Indian phone has an effective price of Rs 1399. However, users will have to pay Rs 2899 initially. The company said that the customers will get Rs 1500 as cashback over the next 3 years. However, unlike the Jio Phone, Airtel will not ask for the device to the returned.
BSNL Bharat 1 vs Jio Phone vs Airtel Karbonn mobile availability: The BSNL Micromax Bharat 1 will come to the market on October 20, one day after Diwali. Meanwhile, Reliance Jio had already completed one round of bookings, for which it has been delivering the devices across the nation. The company has not revealed when it will start its second round of delivery. However, reports have suggested that it will begin in the next few weeks. When it comes to the Airtel mobile, the Karbonn A40 phone is available in most retail stores in the country.
BSNL Bharat 1 vs Jio Phone vs Airtel Karbonn mobile recharge and data plans: If your buy the BSNL Micromax Bharat 1 phone, you will be needed to recharge with Rs 97 per month and you will get unlimited voice calling and data benefits. Interestingly, on the BSNL mobile, users can use SIM cards from other networks too. This is important since BSNL still does not have a 4G network in the country. Meanwhile, the Jio Phone requires its users to recharge with a monthly pack of Rs 153. Under the plan, users will get 500MB of data per day and unlimited voice calling and SMS features. There are Rs 54 and Rs 24 sachet packs as well in case you run out of data. In terms of the Karbonn A40 Indian, users will have to get a Rs 169 plan. Under this plan, Airtel will provide 500MB data on its network. While you can use other SIM cards on this phone, you will have to get Airtel network if you want to get a Rs 1500 cashback.
BSNL Bharat 1 vs Jio Phone vs Airtel Karbonn mobile recharge specifications: BSNL Micromax Bharat 1 4G feature phone sports a 2.4-inch display. The device features a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal memory. The Bharat 1 phone has dual SIM slots and is fueled by a 2,000mAh battery. In terms of camera, the BSNL mobile has a 2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA camera at the front. The phone has support for 22 different Indian languages. In the Bharat 1 device, users will get a pre-loaded Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) mobile app.
Karbonn A40 Indian is a 4G smartphone that supports dual SIM slot. It comes pre-loaded with Airtel’s suite of apps like MyAirtel, Airtel TV, and Wynk Music. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM. The memory is further expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. It is backed by a 1,400 mAh battery. It features a dual 2MP rear camera and there’s a 0.3MP front shooter.
The Jio Phone features a 2.4-inch QVGA display (320 x 240 pixels). It has a dual-core processor which is either Spreadtrum 9820A or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210. The phone has 512MB RAM on board and 4GB onboard storage. The microSD storage support is 128GB and there is a separate slot for this. The phone has a front camera which is VGA resolution, and the rear camera is 2MP. The battery is 2000 mAh.