Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Zero: Cost of Ambani's new Jio Phone

Reliance Jio started charging for mobile services from 1 April but continues to offer disruptive data rates and free voice calls Reliance Jio started charging for mobile services from 1 April but continues to offer disruptive data rates and free voice calls
Melba Vasquez | 21 July, 2017, 20:52

According to Ambani, Jio customers are consuming over 125 crore GB of data per month, and this includes 165 crore hours of high speed video.

"Voice will always be free" on a JioPhone, said Ambani.

The pre-booking for the JioPhone will be available on the official jio website, and people will be technically getting this feature phone for free.

Reliance Jio has indeed been one of the most disruptive digital services we have seen in India for the last decade or so.

He further added, the country has now taken over China and USA when it comes to data consumption.

100 million - paying customers of Jio; that's 4 out of every 5 users it has. The recharge plans start at Rs.153 per month.

Ambani went on to predict that in the next 12 months, Jio services would cover 99 per cent of India's population. It took 25 years for our competitors to build 2G network. The phone offers all the basic features that are expected of it.

"To sum it up, this breakthrough and revolutionary device named JioPhone along with Jio's disruptive tariff will unleash the power of Digital Life in the hands of 1.3 billion citizens of the largest democracy in the world", Ambani said.

Above all Mukesh-Ambani led Jio followed its tradition to offer free voice calls on Jio phone.

"I want to dedicate these 40 years of achievement and records to only one person, founder chairman Dhirubhai Ambani and I am grateful to my mother (Kokilaben)". The Rs 1,500 paid for the device is completely refundable up on returning the device after a minimum of three years of usage. There will also be Rs. 24 Jio plan with 2-day validity, and Rs. 54 recharge with 7-day validity. It features a 2.4-inch QVGA display and for in-device navigation, it has D-pad and alphanumeric keypad.

Furthermore, the phone supports 22-regional languages and comes equipped with Reliance's own voice assistant that, at least during the presentation, worked flawlessly. While the company sold the affordable 4G VoLTE smartphones through LYF branding, the JioPhone has only the Jio branding. The JioPhone can be pre-booked starting August 24 and shipping will start in September on first-come-first serve basis.

Well, the JioPhone is a 4G VoLTE feature phone.

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