After announcing JioPhone for almost free, Reliance Industries Limited( RIL)is getting ready to flood the market with its 4G feature phones. The company is bringing in a shipment of 50 million ( five crores) devices to India.
Sources familiar with the development have said to The Mobile Indian, ” RelianceJio is going to bring in fivecroreJioPhones to India which it plans to sell in three months. The first few batches of the shipment have already arrived in India and at present are being dispatched to stores.”
The five crore JioPhones will come in batches, and it is expected that by the first weekof October entire shipment will reach the country. Our sourcesfurther added, “Jio is also ready with plan B if the uptake of JioPhone is not as per expectation. The company will come with another offer.”
Though there is not much clarity about what new offer of Plan B will be weare of the opinion that refundable security deposit ofRs 1,500 may be reduced or the lock in period, three years,to claim the refundmay be reduced drastically.
Interestingly, once the shipment of JioPhone’sfirst variant is sold out, Jio is going to launch a dual SIM variant of the device as well. Right Now only single SIM variant will be sold.
Sources familiar with the development have said to us, ” Somewhere around October Jio will launch a Dual SIM variant ofJioPhone. In it, the first SIM slot will be locked for Jio SIM and the second one can be used with SIM from any other operator.”
On July 21, RIL had unveiled JioPhone. It will be available for pre-booking from August 24 from MyJio app and physical retail stores. The company will provide free voice calls, unlimited data and Jio apps for Rs 153 per month with Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan plans to JioPhone customers. The device will also come with TV-Cable that will allow users to connect their JioPhone with TV ( not only Smart TVs but also CRT TVs) to watch live TV. The company has priced the TV pack for Rs 309 per month. Further, there two sachets, one with Rs 24 for two days and Rs 54 plan for a week. Users will enjoy the same benefits as the monthly recharge of Rs 153. The device sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display and it comes with SD card slot as well. It does not support touch interface instead it comes with an alphanumeric keypad.
So right now there would be a lot of questions in the mind of our readers about what to expect from JioPhone. To give answers to all your queries here is a quick FAQ about the JioPhone
Can a person who buys Jio Phone get the refund before three years lock in period?
No. One can’t get the refund before three years lock in period.
Does a user need to rechargehis Jio phone regularly for being eligible for a refund?
Yes. One has to recharge JioPhone at least once in 90 days to be eligible for a refund.
Does a user need to pay anything extra for procuring theJio TV cable?
Yes. It will be a stand alone accessory which can be used only with JioPhone, and it will cost between Rs 500 – Rs 15,00. Price has still not been finalised.
When will JioPhone go open sale?
It will go on public sale from the second week of September.
Will it be available inall theretails stores or only in select few?
It will be available across online channels and retails stores from August 24.
At the time of pre-booking does one need to pay thesecurity deposit?
Yes. At the date of pre-booking, one has to pay Rs 1,500 refundable security deposit. Once that is done, the consumer will get a voucher which can be shown to a retailer to get the Jio Phone once it reached the store. In case one books it online, feature phone will be delivered to home without any extra payment.
Can Jio Phone user opt for Jio Prime?
By default, they will Jio Prime members.
How many languages will JioPhone support?
In all 22 Indian languages will be supported.
Is voice assistantJio’s proprietary solution or is it a Google’s solution?
It is a solution developed by Jio’s team using KIA OS.
Will JioPhone support dual SIM?
No as of now.