Jio has indirectly started a thriving black market in the country which needs to be stopped.
On September 1, a buoyant Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries announced the digital arm of the company - the Reliance Jio. Promising world class services, Ambani literally showed us the moon. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photograph and associating itself with Indian government's Digital India ambition, the telco for a moment created a 'saviour of Indians' like image.
But all it has so far offered is messy services and a thriving black market. Why do we say so? Because when a lot of our readers bought to out notice that stores which are selling SIM are charging money for it, we thought of verifying it and went out to the market to procure Jio SIMs
During our investigation, we found out that vendors are charging money for the same.
We first visited couple of Reliance Digital stores for almost 7 days regularly, there we got the standard responses, "Come at 1 PM on Monday", or "come after seven days", or just "don't have SIM, come some other time" -such rude and arbitrary sentences become the routine till we postponed our plans for a Jio SIM until this week.
And seeing no hope of getting a Jio SIM from Reliace Jio's "stores" we approached a third party vendor who promised to offer us a SIM in an instance. But we were shocked when the shopkeeper demanded Rs 200 for the supposedly "free SIM". But we went with the flow as we saw people around us dolling out the asked money without any hesitation.
But that did not stop there. I , in particular, waited for two days for the SIM to get activated and when I had no more patience , I approached the vendor to get it activated. He asked me to show the code but upon showing the same, he told that it is no longer valid, though, in the screenshot, it was clearly mentioned that the code is valid till December 31. The vendor was a nice guy he offered to help but demanded Rs 100 for the service.
So I had only two option - dole out another Rs 100 or forget it.
When we enquired from the vendors why he is charging us Rs 200 to Rs 300, He said "sir yeh service charge hai"
Clearly, Jio has indirectly started a thriving black market in the country which needs to be stopped and they also need to have a proper complaint redressal system in place.
We set off to get feedback from Jio users and sellers at Reliance Digital stores. Here is what we heard.
Reliance Jio yesterday announced the Happy New Year Offer extending its free services till 31st March 2017.
Keeping in view, disproportionately use of data by some users under Welcome offer, Jio has capped the high-speed-data limit to 1 GB per day per user.
Jio's Happy New Year offer, by extending all its free benefits to March 31, has queered the pitch for incumbents massively
The Jio users continue to get free unlimited voice and data till 31st December 2016.
oor speeds, regular call drops, and poor service are to be blamed for continuous decline in growth.
To be precise, Jio wants to reach up to 80 percent of India's population in order to provide high-speed internet, free calls and SMS.
For manufacturing these feature phones, Reliance Jio is said to be working with Lava International and Chinese original equipment maker.
Jio's unique welcome scheme which gives users free access to voice and data till December 31, 2016, quickly built up a tremendous fan following and also invited protests from fellow operators.
Mukesh Ambani described the situation as "the newbie being ragged by the big boys".