India’s wealthiest businessman Mukesh Ambani announced the launch of JIO Phone “intelligent” phone, offering life-long free voice calls bundled with 4G data plan at an “effective price of zero cost”. Ambani, who had taken the telecom segment astound with free voice calls and data last year, announced the next dive at the company’s 40th investor meeting.
This phone is targeted at 50 Cr feature mobile phone users in the country, and it pre-booking start from 24 August on payment of a refundable protection deposit of Rs 1,500. This security deposit will be refunded after 36 months on return of the phone, he said, adding that the worth of the phone will be “effective zero”.
He launched his twin children, Akash and Isha, to present the phone features that includes Internet surfing, call and text messaging on voice command, and data cable to connect the device to TV to view content, including photos and videos.
“JioPhone will put together the 2G feature phone superseded,” Ambani claimed addition that the company is looking to bring 5 million phones to the market per week. The JioPhone will be available for testing in beta mode from 15 August and pre-booking as well from 24 August.
JioPhone Supports Digital Payment
The phone also supports (NFC) near field communication which can be used to make digital payments over the internet, just like Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Samsung Pay works.
Jio Feature Phone Key Announcements:
- Will go on pre-booking from 24 August
- Will be available for free of cost
- Consumers to pay Rs 1,500 as refundable security deposit for 3 years
- 4-inch display
- Supports digital payment via NFC
- SD card slot for memory expansion
- Torch light
- Supports 4G VoLTE for calls and data
- New set of data plans, starting at Rs 153 for the device
The phone is probably to host HTML5 apps which are designed by India-based developers. It remains to be seen how that works out.
This Phone is Free of Cost
Yes, you read that right.
Jio will offer its feature phone for Rs 0. The JioPhone offers swarm of features that offer the following: A distress call system, Jio Music, Jio Cinema, Jio TV Jio Pay, Powerful speaker and Supports 22 regional languages.
New Data Plans for Jio Feature Phone
New set of data plans under Dhan Dhana Dhan offer announced for Rs 153 every month, users get free voice calls, unlimited data, and subscribe to Jio apps for free.