The much awaited JioPhone is all set to deliver “digital independence” to all Indians. Reliance Chairman, Mukesh Ambani, today, announced the brand new dirt-cheap feature phone. Jio termed it as “India ka smartphone”.
“The Jio Phone would be available for an effective price Rs 0”, Mukesh Ambani, said. Customers will have to pay a security deposit of Rs. 1500/- only. After 3 years of its usage, the amount will be fully refundable.
He addressed the featured phone as, “Made in India, By Young Indians, For all Indians”.
The phone was launched at the 40th AGM meet of Reliance. JioPhone will be available for beta testing from 15th August, while pre booking will start from 24th August. Physically it will be available from September this year.
The phone comes with:
1) Alpha numeric keypad
2) 2.4-inch QVGA display
3) FM radio
4) Torch light
5) Headphone jack
6) SD card slot
7) Battery with charger
8) Four-way navigation system
9) Phone contact book
10) Call history facility
11) Access to all Jio apps
12) Microphone and speaker
JioPhone comes bundled with Rs 153 per month plan which will offer unlimited voice calls, data access, SMS and free access to Jio apps.
The company has also unveiled two small-sized validity sachet packs at Rs 24 and Rs 54. The Rs 24 recharge will offer unlimited data, SMS and voice calls, for 2 days while the Rs 54 sachet pack will offer the same with a week long validity.
Meanwhile, the company has launched a device called Jio phone Cable TV that connects JioPhone with any TV, not just a smart TV, but also the old CRT TVs too. All JioPhone users will be able to access this feature with their existing TVs.
Users can opt for the existing Jio Dhan Dhan Dhan Rs 309 pack that would allow them to watch for almost 3-4 hours of videos daily, of their choice, on a large screen.
Jio has decided to set up 10,000 Jio offices across India which will act as sales channel partners. “The Telco will also create over Ten Lakh physical retail outlets to sell Jio services. Besides Jio services will be offered through e-commerce platforms”, Ambani added.
The company has a target of making 5 million Jio Phones available every week.
The JioPhone is claimed to be, “The most intelligent, affordable phone in the whole world”.
“Reliance, today, from a small startup is one of the largest most admired companies in the world”, Ambani concluded.