JioPhone: Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, at the Reliance AGM today, announced the priceless 4G feature phone called JioPhone. He called the phone as “India ka smartphone”. Muskesh also announced in pride and dignity that his 4G powered network Reliance Jio now has over 125 million subscribers, with an average of 7 customers joining the network.

Literally, JioPhone will be available free for Jio users, meaning users will only need to pay for the data packs and not for the phone. The phone will be available starting from August 15, celebrating the 70 years of Indian Independence, which he calls ‘Digital freedom for all feature phone users’.

The JioPhone will come with two exclusive plans. Users can either pay Rs. 153 per month, for which they will get free voice and SMS, and unlimited data, along with Jio apps, or they can pay Rs. 309 per month, to get all this, plus the support for mirroring your screen on a TV, via a cable that can even be plugged into CRT TVs. Besides, two sachet packs will also be available – Rs 24 for two days and Rs 54 for a week. Users need to pay Rs 153 upfront while buying the phone.

JioPhone Key Specifications

  • Alpha numeric keypad
  • 2.4 inch QVGA display
  • FM radio
  • Torch light
  • Headphone jack
  • SD card slot
  • Four way navigation system
  • Phone Contact
  • Call History
  • Jio Apps

There are 78 crore mobile phones in India,” Mukesh Ambani pointed out. “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.”

To accomplish this, the company needs to deliver on three pillars, Ambani said – connectivity, data affordability, and device affordability. “Jio is a data strong network built for the Internet from the ground up,” he said. “The TRAI speedtest portal has consistently ranked Jio as the clear 4G network leader in coverage, usage, and data speeds.”

“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, Ambani said.

Pre-registration for JioPhone starts from August 24.


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