//Jio Phone, Free With Rs. 1,500 Deposit, Unlimited 4G Data

Jio Phone, Free With Rs. 1,500 Deposit, Unlimited 4G Data

JioPhone made a splash at the Reliance AGM on Friday as Mukesh Ambani took the covers off the long-rumoured 4G feature phone. The handset, introduced as “India ka Smartphone” and launched at an “effective price” of Rs. 0 (though buyers will have to shell out a refundable, upfront deposit of Rs. 1,500 for the device). JioPhone will be crucial for the company in tapping the estimated 50 crore feature phone users who have not been able to join the Jio 4G bandwagon because of the high costs associated with smartphones.

JIO Phone Specification

Form factor Bar
Removable battery No
Colours Black
SAR value NA
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 2.40
Touchscreen No
Resolution 240×320 pixels
HARDWARE
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
CAMERA
Flash No
Front camera No
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n
GPS No
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10
NFC Yes
Infrared No
USB OTG No
Headphones Yes
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G No
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Regular
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G No
4G/ LTE No
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor No
Accelerometer No
Ambient light sensor No
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Although Reliance Jio launched in India in September, the company’s offering has been restricted to smartphone users as it is a 4G only network, and to make calls, a phone has to support the VoLTE technology, which is usually not found on basic phones. The company aims to change that with the JioPhone, which comes with 4G VoLTE support. The JioPhone will include access to apps like JioCinema, JioTV, and JioMusic.

Jio Phone plans

Users can either pay Rs. 153 per month, for which they will get free voice and SMS, and unlimited data (high-speed data FUP is 500MB per day), along with Jio apps. They can also choose to pay Rs. 309 per month to get all this, plus the support for mirroring your screen on a TV, via a cable that can even be plugged into CRT TVs. After three years, you can return the phone, and get a full refund on the deposit. Aside from that, the company will also have two sachet packs, at Rs. 24 for two days, or Rs. 54 per week, for users who don’t want to commit to Rs. 153 as an upfront payment.