Approximately a year ago, Jio was launched which dismantles telecom industry completely by offering bundled of unlimited calling and data at either free or very low cost with welcome offer, happy new year offer and dhan dhana dhan offer. At a recent live event, Mr. Mukesh Ambani announced Jio 4G feature phone at a practical cost of Rs.0 (free).
JioPhone – ‘India Ka Smartphone’
Much awaited and rumored Jio 4G feature phone was finally covered off by Mukesh Ambani at a Reliance AGM event. Phone is introduced as ‘India Ka SmartPhone’. Buyers needs to pay a security deposit of Rs.1500 and can avail Jio 4G feature phone at no cost. Security deposit will be refunded back to the buyer after 3 years. Owner of the company targeted to sell approximately 50 crore Jio 4G feature phones in the market.
To recall, Jio calling services earlier works on a handset that has 4G connectivity and VoLTE facility at the top. Poor of India were not able to use Jio services because of the cost of smartphones are much beyond their limit. Mr. Mukesh Ambani took that to the task and designed a cheap Jio 4G feature phone with 4G connectivity and VoLTE functionality at a very minimal cost. JioPhone will also include support to various Jio apps like Jio Cinema, Jio TV and JioMusic.
Jio phone at zero cost
Jio 4G feature phone release date and availability
Already announced by Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Jio 4G phone is soon going to make way to user’s hands. JioPhone will be made available from 15th August, 2017 for beta user testing and pre-booking for the phone will start from 24th August, 2017. Jio feature phone will be provided on the basis of first come first serve. Jio official website already put a link for ‘keep me posted’ means keep me notified about the phone. You can register your interest towards feature phone through that link.
A SMS and follow up e-mail will be sent to you stating Thanks for your interest in the ‘India Ka smartphone’.
Freebies and data plans with Jio 4G feature phone
JioPhone comes at a practical price of Rs.0. However, buyer needs to pay a refundable security deposit of Rs.1500. (A user can return the phone back after 3 years and get amount back)
Special data plans at rock-bottom prices are launched for Jio feature phone users and they are as follows
- Users can opt for Rs.153/month data plans, that offers free unlimited voice calling, Unlimited data (high speed data is limited to a cap of 500 mb per day).
- Buyers can also opt for choose to pay Rs. 309 per month to get all benefits as above plan, plus the support for mirroring your screen on a TV.
JioPhone TV -Cable Jio 4G plan of Rs.309
- For those who don’t want to pay an upfront amount of Rs.153 per month can opt for small packs like Rs.24 for two days (500 mb limit is applied), Rs.53 for a week (500 mb high speed data limit is applied).
Features of Jio 4G feature phone
JioPhone was launched by Akash and Isha Ambani and they explained the functionality of this mobile. Isha said that Jio 4G feature phone has a very familiar design and handy while use. Citing surveys, Mukesh Ambani said:
There are 78 crore mobile phones in India. However, in this 78 crore, there are more than 50 crore feature phone users, who have been left out. They can neither afford the cheapest LTE smartphone, nor the exorbitant cost of data. Data is the oxygen of digital life, and no Indian should suffer because of unaffordability,” he added. “Sadly the vast majority of mobile users are starved of data. This unfairness must end, and Jio is committing to ending it today.
Our network continues to rapidly expand. Jio, in the next 12 months, will cover 99 percent of the population. India’s 4G coverage will be more than its 2G coverage,” he added. To meet the need for device affordability, the company realised it would have to release a 4G VoLTE feature phone, as even an entry level smartphone costs between Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 4,500.
Jio 4G phone features
Coming to specifications of Jio 4g Feature phone it has
- 2.4 inch QVGA display
- NFC support to make digital payments
- Browser support
- JioCinema, JioTV, JioMusic like apps support
- support for external memory cards
- Bluetooth support
- Fm Radio
- Headphone Jack (3.5 mm)
- Dual SIM
To summarize, Feature phones are normally boring but what makes this one special is that it is basically free. What are your views about this Jio 4G feature phone, share with us in comments below.