Reliance Jio has just announced it’s latest hardware product at its AGM today, a 4G feature phone designed for people who just want a basic phone with good internet access.
The JioPhone comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128 GB. It features a VGA front camera and 2MP rear cam, and is powered by a 2000mAh battery.
The JioPhone has 4G support, and features both a mini and nano SIM slot, though there’s no 2G or 3G support. Additionally, the device has Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi connectivity, so it’s still more than what you’d expect of a typical feature phone.
More importantly, Mukesh Ambani has proclaimed that the JioPhone “will be available to all Indians at an effective price of Rs 0.” The company says it will collect a Rs 1,500 security deposit to prevent misuse, which will be refunded after a three-year duration, if you choose to return the phone.
So, will you buy the free Jio phone?
Reliance Jio has started rolling out its Fibre Preview offer in several cities across the country including Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Surat and Vadodara. The company confirmed the plans via replying to a tweet on its official Twitter handle @JioCare. “The JioFiber Preview Offer has currently being launched in select areas of Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Surat and Vadodara. Our network is in the process of being rolled out to other cities,” said the company’s JioCare handle on Twitter. It has also been mentioned that the service is being rolled out in a phased manner.
JioFIber will offer at least 100 mbps (megabits per second) data speed. According to a report in IndiaToday Tech earlier this week, the company is planning to offer the service free for the first three months. According to another report, Jio home broadband or Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) Internet pricing is expected to start at Rs 500 for 600GB data and for Rs 2,000 for 1000GB data per month.
Last month, a news report in Teleanalysis website also claimed that Reliance Jio is also planning to bring other services such as smart calling feature. “For example, it will be having a smart calling feature. What it will offer is all the phones in your home will get virtually connected. Means, if you got a call on the landline, you can receive it on your mobile and vice versa,” says the report quoting a source. Jio is also reportedly planning to launch a complete suite for home surveillance, which will comprise smart camera, smart doorbell, smart lock and chime alarm. All of these products can be managed from user’s mobile devices.