Reliance Jio earlier today officially unveiled its much talked about low cost feature phone. The device, known as the JioPhone is aimed at the large number of feature phone users across the country who still use outdated 2G handsets and pay excessive charges for voice and data services. Voice calls using the JioPhone will remain free forever and data rates are perhaps the lowest in the world. Here are the key features of the new JioPhone
Reliance JioPhone Specifications
- Alpha numeric keypad
- 2.4 inch QVGA display
- Voice Command
- FM radio
- Torch light
- Headphone port
- SD card slot
- Four way navigation system
- Phone Contact
- Call History
- Jio Apps
- 22 Indian languages supported
While initial reports suggested that the handset will retail for as little as Rs.500, what we now know is that the phone itself is free and that the buyer will only need to pay the monthly usage charges by recharging it each month. However, to ensure there is no fraud, the company will collect a refundable deposit of Rs.1,500 from every consumer. This amount is refundable after the buyer returns the phone to Jio after three years. While the company did not clearly state this, the JioPhone is likely to remain locked with the Jio network and cannot be used on other networks.
Today, Jio is going to reinvent the conventional feature phone. Let me introduce India ka Intelligent SmartPhone: Mukesh Ambani
— Reliance Jio (@reliancejio) July 21, 2017
The JioPhone is designed in such a way that the normal feature phone user is not overwhelmed with new features and that the transition from his/her existing phone is a smooth process. The handset offers several features that are not generally found on feature phones. These include stuff like voice command, support for apps (Jio Apps) and even a TV out functionality using which the user can watch TV using the phone and a cable that Jio will supply. The Jio phone Cable TV as it is called will cost Rs 309 per month.
As for data tariffs, JioPhone users need to recharge for Rs.153 a month to avail the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer following which they will get free voice, SMS and unlimited data. For those who cannot recharge for that amount, the company also announced two sachets that have been priced at Rs.54 (one week validity) and Rs.24 (two-day validity).
The Reliance JioPhone will be available for pre booking stating August 15, 2017. The product will be delivered to users by September 2017.