Ambani, who had taken the telecom sector by surprise with free voice calls and data last year, announced the next leap at the company’s 40th shareholder meeting.
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukeah Ambani today introduced, “India ka Smartphone- JioPhone” at the 40th Annual General Meeting of the RIL at the Birla Matushri Sabhagar in Mumbai – pre booking to start on August 24. A festival type atmosphere was seen and every point Ambani made was greeted by the crowd with thunderous applause, shouts and whistles.
“JioPhone will make the 2G feature phone obsolete,” Ambani claimed, adding that the company is looking to bring 5 million phones to the market a week.
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 allows 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 JioPhone comes with a voice assistant, which makes it easier to interact with the feature phone. Through the voice assistant, one can make calls, browse the internet and listen to music and more. It also supports the Hindi language for giving the voice command. The device also comes with a host of JIo apps including Jio Music and more.
The device comes with an alphanumeric keypad, microphone speaker, 4-way navigation and a compact design. The device sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display and it comes with SD card slot as well. Then there is an FM radio, Torchlight, ringtones, phone contact, call history and more.
Out of the 78 crore phones in India, Ambani said, 50 crore are feature phones that cannot be used for Internet or data usage. The new phone would give “affordable” device to these 50 crore users and “end the digital exclusion in India”.
Here are a few highlights
* In less than 170 days, Jio hit 100 million, 7 customer per second.
* After the initial launch of Jio data consumption increased to 120 crores GB every month.
* India has overtaken the US and China in terms of mobile data usage
* Jio adoption even faster than WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook
* Jio has more than 100 million paying Jio Prime customers. Most have recharged on Jio’s Rs 309 or higher plans: Mukesh Ambani.
* It took 25 years for our competitors to build 2G network. Jio will have created a larger 4G network in just 3 years: Mukesh Ambani
How do we buy this phone?
Even though the phone costs rupees zero,in order to avoid any potential misuse, the company will collect a 100% refundable security deposit of Rs 1500 which will be refundable after 3 years.Pre-booking will start on 24th August, can be given at any jio retailer.
4G LTE phone, RJio habdset will be Made in IndiaRJio phone will have 22 languages. Reliance Jio phone will allow the users to make free calls.Mukesh Ambani said the phone will also provide unlimited data access to all the users. Jio plans to cover 99% of India’s population in the coming years and will integrate with major e-commerce platforms. By September they will be available to everyone.
“Reliance democratised the equity culture in the past. Now, Jio will democratise the digital culture in India,”. “Digital Life will no longer be the privilege of the affluent few.”