Reliance Jio announced about the launch of its “Jio Phone”. This handset. introduced as “India ka Smartphone” & launched at an Zero price (Booking amount is rs 1500, which will be refundable after 3 years on returning the phone). Pre-booking of this phone will start 24th August from Myjio app and Jio offline store. Users who pre-book will be able to buy the phone from September, on a first come first serve basis.
JioPhone Features and Specifications
The Jio Phone, which will have a 2.4-inch screen, 4GB memory and 512 MB RAM, promises to deliver many of Jio’s key services. For those who upgrade to a monthly tariff of Rs 309, the device will come with an option for connectivity and transmission to television, acting as a provider of cable TV (though per day video usage could be around 3-4 hours).
The JioPhone was introduced by Isha and Akash Ambani, revealing the phone’s support voice commands, along with standard feature phone functionality. Isha Ambani said that the phone looks familiar by design, to ensure that it is easy to use. The phone comes with a number of apps and browser installed aside from Jio’s offerings too. On stage, we caught glimpses of the JioPhone browser, Facebook, and also PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat broadcast.
Users can either pay Rs. 153 per month, for which they will get free voice and SMS, and unlimited data (high-speed data FUP is 500MB per day), along with Jio apps. They can also choose to 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. After three years, you can return the phone, and get a full refund on the deposit.
Aside from that, the company will also have two sachet packs, at Rs. 24 for two days, or Rs. 54 per week, for users who don’t want to commit to Rs. 153 as an upfront payment.