On 21 july Reliance Jio announced the launch of its 4G feature phone, named as JioPhone. This announcement was made by Mukesh Ambani at Reliance AGM. The JioPhone is introduced as "India Ka Smartphone" and it is launched at an effective price of Rs. 0. This means the JioPhone future 4G phone will be free. The buyers just need to deposit the security amount of Rs 1500 and will be refunded after three years if you return the phone.[wpsm_update date="2017.07.31" label="Update"][/wpsm_update]
Jio 4G feature phone For Free
Mukesh Ambani said, "Today, I am delighted to announce that JioPhone will be available to all Indians for an effective price of - Rs 0." The effective 4G future phone was launched at 40th AGM of Reliance Industries Limited(RIL). Ambani's twins Akash and Isha presented the features of the phone which include calls, text messaging on voice command, the Internet and cable to connect the device to TV to view content, including videos.
Esha Ambani said, "It is made in India by the young Indian." For beta testing, JioPhone will be available in this 15th August. Pre bookings will start from 24th August. The feature JioPhone will be available in the market from September.
The JioPhone has all Jio applications like Jio Music, Jio Cinema etc.
|Alpha numeric keypad|
|2.4-inch QVGA display|
|SD card slot|
|Battery with charger|
|Four-way navigation system|
|Phone contact book|
|Call history facility|
|Microphone and speaker|
|512 MB of RAM|
|4 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128 GB|
|VGA front camera and 2MP rear cam|
|Only 4G support|
|Both mini and nano SIM slot|
Mukesh Ambani also said voice calls will always be free for JioPhone Customers.
Ambani said, soon JioPhone will make 2G feature phone. Then he added, the company will bring 5 million phones in the market in a week. He also said that out of 78 crore phones in India, 50 crores are feature phones but they can't use the Internet. This new JioPhone will be affordable by this 50 crore users.
This JioPhone will be made in India from the last quarter of this year. "JioPhone to be most intelligent, affordable phone in the world -- a 4G LTE phone supporting all 24 Indian languages."
The phone also comes with NFC (Near Field Communication) support and as per Jio, users in future could use it to store their credit/debit card details to make payments, something like Samsung Pay.
The JioPhone users can avail the JIO offer at Rs. 153 per month. They will get free voice calls and SMS as well as unlimited data. Jio already has 125 million users from the time it has been launched in September 2016.
The JioPhone will be available for user testing in beta from 15th August and for pre-booking from 24th August: Mukesh Ambani
— Reliance Jio (@reliancejio) July 21, 2017
Jio also announced about the recharge packs, Rs 54 recharge has a week's validity and Rs 24 recharge has a validity of two days. The company has also launched a device Jio Phone Cable TV. This device connects JioPhone with any TV.
Along with this accessory, users can opt for the existing Jio Dhan Dhan Dhan Rs 309 pack that would allow users to watch almost 3-4 hours of videos daily, of their choice, on a large screen.
So how many of you are going to buy this free JioPhone? Share your views with us by commenting below.