Customers would be required to pay a refundable security deposit of Rs1,500 for three years "for security reasons". Reliance Jio will give out JioPhone for user testing in beta from August 15.
The JioPhone comes with a 2.4-QVGA display, an alphanumeric keyboard, and a 4-way navigation pad that is a classic feature of these phones.
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The replacement cycle of feature phones was four years till date but JioPhone will now shorten that cycle and you will expect a lot of people to upgrade to the new VOLTE-enabled JioPhone.
Additionally, Jio also launched 2 days and 7 days sachets at Rs 23 and Rs 53, respectively, to attract customers who can not pay Rs 153 in a go.
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Furthermore, the phone supports 22-regional languages and comes equipped with Reliance's own voice assistant that, at least during the presentation, worked flawlessly. This phone is available in 4GB of internal storage storage variants.
Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, RIL said the customers would be required to pay a refundable security deposit of Rs 1,500 for the 4G-enabled feature phone handset to ensure there is no "misuse of the free phone" which will be 100 % refundable after three years.
The JioPhone comes bundled with a bunch of exciting apps like Jio Cinema and Jio Music which will boost the entertainment value of your smartphone. The phone also has an SOS feature which can be activated by pressing 5. "Even without funding, the pricing suits 40% of the 50-crore feature phone users", said the former CEO.
With one stroke, not only has Reliance Jio promised a data-filled life for these low-end telecom customers, this single move is likely to also shake up India's telecom market like never before. Of course, it's not quite as simple as that either - you will have to make an upfront payment of Rs. 1,500 in order to get your hands on the Jio phone.
FM Radio and torch light are among the other features the phone will contain.
He said, "JioPhone is effectively free for Jio users. Jio remains well on track to bring world-class optic-fibre connectivity to enterprises, small businesses, homes and public spaces", Mr Ambani said while addressing RIL's 40th annual general meeting.
The JioPhone will be available to customers starting August 24.