Reliance was the first brand in India, which literally made owning a mobile phone and making calls free back in CDMA days. In fact, making calls from Reliance to Reliance and nationwide SMS was absolutely free on the CDMA network of Reliance. On September 1, 2016, Reliance Chairman, Mukesh Ambani gave a 45 minutes long speech and brought down Airtel and Idea’s, market value by a staggering Rs. 12,000 and 3,000 crore, respectively. Unbelievable as it might sound, it is true and Reliance Jio is here to burst the bubble of most telecom operators in India.
Jio Phones- LYF
Reliance has also launched a series of 4G VoLTE enabled smartphones under its LYF brand starting at Rs 2,999/-, which are as cheap as they get and help Reliance facilitate a full fledge rollout of Jio services in the country. Here is all that you need to know about the new network service, which sounds too good to be true.
To start with, Reliance has announced that Jio services will commence from September 5, 2016 and anyone can get a Jio 4G ready SIM under its Jio Welcome Offer and activate it using eKYC. Using eKYC, any user with an Aadhaar card will walk out from a Reliance store with a working connection within 15 minutes and will not have to wait for hours for the SIM to activate. You can refer the link for more clarity: https://www.jio.com/preview/partner.
However, user will need a smartphone that supports both 4G LTE and VoLTE, or else the SIM would not work. Those users who do not have the same can buy JioFi portable Wi-Fi hotspot device for INR 1,999/- and use Jio plans. Jio promises speeds up to 135 Mbps but depending on your location, a uniform speed should be expected once it commercially launches.
Reliance has also announced that Jio users will be able to use every service of the network at no cost till December 31, 2016, which is too good to be true in a competitive market like India. This is a part of the Jio Welcome Offer mentioned above, under which users will have access to Jio’s data, voice, and video as well as Jio apps for free till the end of the year. One of the advantages of Reliance Jio network is that it is completely VoLTE, which use data network for calls as well. As a result, call connections are incredibly clear and stable all the time. Reliance claims that Jio has the biggest VoLTE network in the world as of now; however, in order to use the service, call recipient need to have Reliance Jio or any other VoLTE connectivity.
During his speech at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM), Mukesh Ambani also confirmed that Jio will allow users to make free calls to any network. This is particularly interesting since Reliance is willing to pick up the tab of termination charges that the network has to pay when calling someone on a different network. Mr. Ambani highlighted that it is possible as voice and messaging are almost free for any network and only charge that an operator has to bear is for the data used.
Speaking of data charges, Reliance JIO is offering the cheapest tariff for data usage in the country starting from INR 149/- to INR 4,999/-, the same has been illustrated in the illustration below and we cannot believe our eyes.
Apart from free voice/SMS and almost free 4G data tariffs, Reliance has also announced a bouquet of apps for the convenience of its users including MyJio. This app lets users gain complete access to the activity of their JIO SIM including detailed usage statement and finding JioNet hotspots for free Wi-FI. Other apps launched by the operator are JioChat (Jio to Jio instant messaging app), JioMusic (Music sharing app like Wynk and Gaana), JioMoney (to make and receive online payments), JioTV (on the lines of Hotstar) and JioDrive (cloud storage service).
Jio Extra Tariff for students
Furthermore, Reliance has also taken into consideration students who will be able to enjoy 25% more data on all Jio Plans, which is quite fantastic. All that students and any user who wants to shift to Jio, have to do is visit their nearest Reliance Digital Xpress Store and provide their valid photo ID along with couple of passport photographs. A receipt on email id and phone call from Reliance later, they will be all set to enjoy this bouquet of unbelievable services.
Reliance Jio is already on its way to create history and is the cheapest data providing telecom operator in the world as of now. We will get back again with an in-depth analysis of tariff plans and offer by the brand.