Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of the Reliance Industries today introduced JioPhone, the company’s first VoLTE feature phone that is ‘Made in India’, at the company’s 40th AGM event. The phone features a 2.4-inch QVGA display, Alphanumeric keypad, 4-way Navigation key, microSD card slot, rear camera, torch light, FM Radio, voice commands to call someone, reject a call, browse internet, open apps and more, and support 22 major Indian languages.
The JioPhone comes pre-loaded with Jio Music, Jio Cinema and Jio TV. It also has NFC support, and tap-and-pay payments through UPI, credit and debit cards will be enabled through software update. You can long press the number ‘5’ in the keypad to call emergency number so your location including GPS data goes to your emergency contact. Hope we will know the complete specs such as WiFi hotspot and other details soon.
JioPhone also comes with separate Dhan Dhana Dhan Rs. 153 per month plan that offers unlimited voice and data without any cap.
There is also a new JioPhone TV pack for Rs. 309 that lets you watch Jio TV on any TV, including non-smart TVs, says Jio. There are Rs. 24 for 2-day and Rs. 54 for a week sachet packs for those who can’t go for monthly packs.
The JioPhone is effectively Free (Rs. 0), but to avoid misuse, the company is collecting Rs. 1,500 as a security deposit, which will be refunded after 3 years.
Jio expects to roll out 5 million JioPhones a week. The beta testing of the JioPhone will begin from August 15th and the pre-booking for everyone through My Jio app and Jio retailer will be available from August 24th and shipping will begin in September in first-come-first serve basis.
Mukesh Ambani also announced at the event that Reliance Jio has crossed 125 million customers in 10 months of launch, adding 7 customers every second on average and has more than 100 million paying Jio Prime customers.