Reliance Jio announced the JioPhone at its 40th AGM meeting held in Mumbai, India. The JioPhone comes with 4G VoLTE support and offers several smart features. While the company sold the affordable 4G VoLTE smartphones through LYF branding, the JioPhone has only the Jio branding.
Interestingly, the JioPhone was introduced as a smartphone instead of a feature phone and the smart features justify that. It comes with 4-way navigation buttons along with the Alphanumeric keypad.
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The phone is the third step in Ambani’s three-step plan to bring an end to “digital disempowerment and unfairness.” Pointing out that there are 78 crores phones in India, of which more than 50 crores are feature phone users, Ambani expressed his regret that so many users will be left out of the “digital revolution.” His three-step plan aims to address just this issue.
One of the most innovative features of the JioPhone is the voice assistant in regional languages. Though the JioPhone is announced to be free, the company will be collecting 100% refundable deposit of Rs. 1,500 to avoid the misuse.
The users will be paid back only after 3 years from the date of JioPhone purchase. Talking about the availability, the JioPhone will be available for beta testing from August 15th and the pre-booking starts from August 24th. The sales start from early September on the first-come first serve basis.
“Starting 15 August, I am declaring digital freedom for all feature-phone users,” announced Ambani.
The phone will be available to users for beta testing from 15 August. Other users can start pre-booking the devices from 24 August onwards and the devices will ship in September. The phone will be available to the public thereafter.
There is also NFC support for making virtual payments but it will be enabled later this year via automatic software update. Jio also showed the demo of the built-in Namo app for listening to the Prime Minister’s Mann Ki Baat.
With over 125 million users, its market share will see huge surge once the JioPhone is made available in the market. According to the Jio, its 4G network coverage will be more than 2G coverage of the other networks in the next one year.
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