Reliance has launched the much-anticipated feature phone in India which has been named as the Jio Phone. The Jio Phone launched by the company is different from the Lyf branded smartphones powered by Android which are already available from the company. Talking about the JioPhone, the handset is a feature phone but the interesting thing is that the phone comes with 4G VoLTE functionality which makes it compatible to function on Reliance Jio network with ease. Now, the other features of the smartphone include access to apps like JioCinema, JioTV, and JioMusic. Now as far as the support for the apps other than Reliance Jio is concerned, the JioPhone was seen to have apps like an in-built browser as well as Facebook & PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat broadcast. The JioPhone will also support additional third-party apps like WhatsApp and Skype as well.
Talking about the JioPhone, the company has also announced a new plan for Reliance Jio which is exclusively available with JioPhone. This plan is called the ‘Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan’ offer and is available for Rs. 153. If the user avails this plan along with the JioPhone, they will get free voice and SMS, and unlimited data, along with Jio apps. For those who don’t want to take this plan, Reliance Jio also announced a Rs. 309 plan where you will get all the functionality available in the Rs. 153 plan plus you will get support for screen mirroring as well to see the content of your phone on your TV. For this, the JioPhone comes with a cable that can even be plugged into CRT TVs as well.
Now, as far as the details about the pricing and availability of the JioPhone are concerned, the company has announced that the sale of the phone will start in terms of pre-booking from August 24. However, the phone will be made available from August 15 for testing, in beta stage. The best part about the JioPhone is its pricing where the company has announced that the JioPhone will be available for Rs. 1500 which will be 100% refundable after 3 years which means that you have to give Rs. 1500 upfront to buy the phone. After 3 years, you can return your Jio Phone and get the refund of Rs. 1500.
Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani, on Friday, at the Reliance AGM meet introduced the Jio Phone as “India ka Smartphone”, for an “effective price of Rs. 0”. Further talking about the Jio Phone at launch, Akash Ambani said that “The company will also be adding NFC support to the JioPhone to allow tap and pay solutions with a linked bank account”