The Jio phone is set to hit the markets this week, and the 4G smartphone will be sold at virtually zero prices. At the 40th AGM of the Reliance Industries Limited, the Mukesh Ambani led group announced the foray of the Jio enterprise into the smartphone market, and Jio phones will be the cheapest 4G compatible phones in the market when they are launched next month. The entry level phones can be purchased with a one time security deposit of Rs.1500, refundable if the handset is returned after a minimum period of 3 years.
The phone will have free calling, messaging and unlimited 4G internet(500 MB per day) after users recharge with the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan pack of Rs.153. The users will also have access to Jio apps for free for a total of 28 days. The phone can also be connected to smart TVs with an additional pack of Rs.309 a month.
The Jio phone has an alphanumeric keypad, a QVGA 2.4 inch display, torchlight, FM Radio and a micro SD slot. The phone will be able to support a single SIM but will only work on networks that support 4G VoLTE. It supports 22 Indian languages and the phone also supports voice commands, a feature that was demonstrated at the 40th AGM itself where the phone was asked to play music using Jio music.
The handset also has the feature of a panic button that can be enabled by long pressing the number 5 on the keypad. Digital transactions will be made easier on the phone as the phone will have NFC support made accessible with OTA software upgrade. The processors will be powered by Qualcomm and Spreadtrum chips.
Bookings for the phone, targeted at the non-smartphone mobile users in India who do not have access to 4G or 3G internet, will begin from August 24.
Full Specification and Features of reliance JIO phone
|Release date||July 2017|
|Screen size (inches)||2.4|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.10|
|Number of SIMs||1|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|