India’s wealthiest man Mukesh Ambani on Friday announced the launch of Jio intelligent phone, offering life-long free voice calls bundled with 4G data streaming at an effective price of zero. Ambani, who had taken the telecom sector by surprise with free voice calls and data last year, announced the next leap at the company’s 40th shareholder meeting on Friday. The phone, targeted at 50 crore feature phone users in the country, will be available for pre-booking from August 24 on payment of a refundable security deposit of Rs 1,500. This deposit will be refunded after 36 months on return of the phone, he said, adding that the price of the phone will be effective zero. He used the occasion to introduce his twin children, Akash and Isha, who presented the phone features that include calls and text messaging on voice command, Internet surfing and cable to connect the device to TV to view content, including videos. Isha and Akash Ambani demonstrated how Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone works.
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The JioPhone will be available for user testing in beta mode from August 15 and for pre-booking from August 24. Reliance Jio, the fourth-generation telecom arm of Reliance Industries, will provide unlimited data on the phone for Rs 153 per month.
Jio, he said, already has 125 million users since its launch in September last year.