Reliance Jio 4G Fea­ture Phone Launched For Free; Yes, Really!


In a bid to expand 4G connectivity to rural areas, Reliance Jio had taken the market by yet another storm when they announced the launch of a 4G feature phone which could retail for as cheap as Rs 500.

Today, at the 40th AGM meet of RIL, Reliance announced the much awaited 4G feature phone which will need a deposit of Rs 1,500 but will effectively be free as this deposit is refundable after 3 years. Jio is taking this money as a security deposit to ‘avoid potential misuse’ of the device.

Jio is charging this money as a security deposit to ‘avoid potential misuse’ of the device. The beta testing of the Reliance 4G Feature phone, being called the JioPhone, begins on August  15 and pre-booking for the device will start on August 24.

The 4G JioPhone will be made available in September 2017.

“Today Jio is going to reinvent the conventional feature phone, with a revolutionary device. An unmatched Indian innovation — made in India, by young Indians, for all Indians,” Mukesh Ambani said at the launch

At the AGM meeting, Mukesh Ambani also mentioned that voice calling will always remain free for Reliance Jio customers.

Reliance JioPhone Specifications

  • 2.4-inch QVGA display
  • FM Radio
  • Headphone jack
  • Torch Light
  • Alphanumeric Keypad
  • 4-way navigation
  • SD card slot
  • Support for audio and video
  • Digital payments

The 4G feature phone will come loaded with Jio apps such as Jio Cineman and Jio Music.

The device also supports an impressive voice command app for calls, messages, search and more. Simply tell the device who you want to call or what you want to send as a text or what you want to know — with a slight lag, it all gets done.

The company also added that the device has hardware support for NFC and wireless payments will be introduced soon via software updates to the phone in the coming months.

In addition to this, Jio 4G feature phone users will also be able to avail the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer at Rs 153 per month. This offer will give them unlimited calls, sms and data usage.

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