io Phone Booking: Online and Offline Pre-Orders Start on August 24
Though launched, Jio Phone is nowhere close to hitting the market – you might even have to wait a couple of months before you can get your hands on the device. That’s because the Jio-branded phone will become available for beta testing on August 15, but this will likely be for a very small section of the market. If you don’t get fall in the beta trials bracket, you will have to wait for August 24, when the Jio Phone bookings start. You will have the option to choose to make the Jio Phone booking online or through a retail outlet. This is beta trial system similar to what the company did roughly a year ago with its telecom network, when it held a beta trial for select users for a few months before opening it to the public in September.
Jio Phone booking online
Jio Phone is free, according to Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani. Nevertheless, it requires the user to make an upfront payment of Rs. 1,500, which is refundable after three years. Regarding the Rs. 1,500 security deposit, he had said at the AGM, “The security deposit is necessary to avoid any potential misuse of data.”
Titled as “India Ka Smartphone”, the buyer will have to shell out a deposit of Rs. 1500 which will be refundable, making it to be free. The amount, however, will be returned once the phone is given back after three years. This move is to increase the subscriber base, which is estimated to about 50 crore feature phone users who have not been able to join the Jio 4G bandwagon because of the high costs associated with smartphones.
The new phone will have 4G VoLTE and have in-built apps such as apps like JioCinema, JioTV, and JioMusic. The pre-booking of the phone begins from 24th August from the MyJio app and offline Jio stores. Users who pre-book will be able to buy the phone from September, on a first come first serve basis.
The data plans begin with Rs. 153 with 500mb/day data availability. If one does not want to use monthly packs, then there are two sachet packs, at Rs. 24 for two days, or Rs. 54 per week.
The exact specifications are not officially out, but there will atleast be two versions of the smartphone. One with the Qualcomm processor, and another could come with a Spreadtrum chipset.
The screen can be mirrored on a LED or CRT TV, via a cable. This will also support UPI payments, and debit and credit card payments, Facebook, Jio Browser.
Mukesh Ambani Said,
“There are 78 crore mobile phones in India. However, in this 78 crore, there are more than 50 crore feature phone users, who have been left out. They can neither afford the cheapest LTE smartphone, nor the exorbitant cost of data.”
Reliance Jio has completely changed the face of the telecom industry by targeting the common man for whom the advanced smartphones and 4G data usage were a distant dream. This will force the other telecom players to renew their strategy to prevent the monopoly of Jio in the market by coming up with innovative schemes.