It even packs torch light, FM Radio, MicroSD card slot and more.
Mukesh Ambani announces JioPhone with a 2.4-inch screen, true 4G capabilities, and Jio apps accessibility.
Jio successfully undertook the largest migration from free to paid services in history..
The news triggered an impact on the share price of Reliance Industries as it gained around four percent intraday. To address that problem, Ambanis have now launched a “free” Jio 4G LTE compatible feature phone JioPhone. Yes, you read that right. At the 40th AGM, Ambani also announced an accessory “Jio Phone TV-Cable” that will allow users to connect their phones with any kind of television sets. Customers would be required to pay a refundable security deposit of Rs 1,500 for three years, “for security reasons”, he said. Though the JioPhone is announced to be free, the company will be collecting 100% refundable deposit of Rs. 1,500 to avoid the misuse. The company will start the pre-booking of the handset from 24th August, and it will start shipping only in September. “And this is what I call true digital freedom”.
■ 5 million – the target for JioPhone sales every week. Sure, the phone has all the features one would be expecting in this kind of package, and the data to back it up, but this is a phone, that if you fully understand what’s going on, may not be worth your time.
Rs 153 JIO plan for JioPhone buyers will provide you with unlimited data. JioPhone also comes with separate Dhan Dhana Dhan plan at Rs 153 per month plan that offers unlimited voice calling and SMS, free mobile data without any cap along with Jio apps.
Jio basic phone has been rolled out with 4GB of internal storage, and 512MB of RAM. Reliance also talked about a rate of Rs. 50/ GB, but the actual pricing came to be a lot higher, for the vast majority of its plans.
“Initially, JioPhone holds greater potential for feature phones moving end of life in the near future”, Kumar told IANS. However, in this 78 crore, there are more than 50 crore feature phone users, who have been left out. The phone comes with a bunch of preloaded apps like Jio Music, Jio TV and Mann Ki Baat. There’s support for NFC-based contactless payment.
“JioPhone will make the 2G feature phone obsolete”, he added, saying that the company is looking to bring 5 million phones to the market a week.
Talking about features of JioPhone, the phone supports 22 languages and can be controlled via voice command.