The device, a 4G feature phone that can be yours effectively for free if you’re a Jio subscriber. As per the plans unveiled at the AGM, any interested party need only pay a refundable deposit of Rs 1,500 to get the device. The deposit will be refunded in full after a period of three years, but only if the user returns the device.
The JioPhone is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 platform and has a 2.4-inch display. The phone also supports FM Radio, the entire suite of Jio content apps including JioTV and JioMusic and also includes support for voice commands. An optional accessory will let you connect the device to your TV as well.
Ambani promised that purchasing the device and going for the Rs 153 a month plan would guarantee unlimited data and voice calling. If you want you use Jio content services, you will have to pay a little bit more, Rs 303, for the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan plans. This plan will net you a TV adapter as well.
The device is scheduled to go into beta testing on 15 August, where it will be handed to select users for testing.
Users can pre-register for the device at the Jio website. An update to the registration page now means that business users can also pre-register for the JioPhone as well as the JioFi. Just like regular users, businesses can now sign up for the phone, but they can sign up for the JioFi as well. Businesses can also specify the number of devices that they need.
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