Mukesh Ambani's Reliance JioPhone 'effectively free', but not yours

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Reliance Jio's much-awaited 4G VoLTE feature phone is finally out and it will be called, without much surprise, JioPhone. If, however, you want to watch your movie on a larger screen, you will be able to easily connect your phone to your television with an innovative cable link. The bigger talking points were the launch of JioPhone (with features of a 4G phone) and the aggressive tariff plans. It sports a squarish design, a headphone jack along with microphone and speaker.

A weekly data plan of Rs54 or two-day plan of Rs24. A 4G VoLTE feature phone that has been priced at a cost that is "effectively" free. The basic phone from Jio comes with the ability to install apps like JioTV, JioCinema, and others. JioPhone is voice-enabled that supports 22 Indian languages. We can expect the WhatsApp and Facebook apps on this phone by the time it becomes available.

JioPhone has the SOS feature, and it will activate soon after pressing the "5".

"The feature phone segment is still very active in India and close to half a billion such handsets will be sold in the next five years".

This device is the 100 percent 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) phone.

The pre-booking for JioPhone will start from August 24 and it will be given away on a first-come-first-served basis. We can do the pre-booking from the August 24th, 2017.

Feature phones have been left behind due to their connectivity via languishing 2G network speeds - leaving users asking for more. For Idea, it declined from Rs 129 in the first quarter to Rs 106 in the last quarter of the fiscal year.

The company aims to deliver 5 million JioPhones available every week. Also, there are features like emergency alert and voice command on Jio phone.

Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries, whose digital arm, Jio, had caused revolution in data connectivity when the company offered unlimited free data to its customers previous year, has now announced it will provide free smartphones to its customers. The Indian engineers made this phone for the Indian audience. Jio is likely to use Balaji and churn out exclusive content for its subscribers (akin to what players like Netflix does in the west) to wean away customers from competition.

This phone will respond to our voice commands, and it is the feature phone which is not present in the world till now.

He said the digital disempowerment and unfairness must end and Jio is committed to end it. The "India ka Smartphone" as Mukesh Ambani called it comes for an "effective price of Rs 0", only that you have to pay a "fully refundable" Rs 1,500 deposit.

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