Mukesh Ambani has finally set the barrier for 4G data to a new affordable low for the majority of Indian audience. On 21 July, Ambani announced in a shareholder meeting about the new and exclusive Jio Phone.
Features & Pricing
The specialty of the offer is the fact that it is being offered free except that there is an initial inclusion of Rs 1500 payable as security deposit and refundable after a period of three-years.
Jio Phone will be a single SIM feature phone and will work on 4G VoLTE network only. The company will open beta trials for the device on August 15, while consumers will have to wait till September for wider availability.
The feature phone market in India is much more as compared to the smartphone market. By making 4G phones free of cost available to the public at extremely minimal data rates, Mukesh Ambani is doing for the poor what Steve Jobs did for the rich.
The Jio Phone has a 2.4-inch display with QVGA display, microSD card slot, torchlight, FM radio, and an alphanumeric keypad for input. It supports voice commands and 22 Indian languages, and has a panic button as well
It will also support an accessory called Jio Phone TV-Cable that allows users to connect their phones to TVs to mirror content from apps such as JioTV and JioCinema. In addition, there is provision for NFC support for digital payments.
Reliance Jio aims to reach another 100 million users with its new feature phone; this will be in addition to the 125 million users that already use the Jio telecom network.