The Reliance JioPhone, which is scheduled to be delivered in September, has already been overbooked, according to the company.
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“Thank you India! Millions have pre-booked the JioPhone. We will inform you when pre-booking resumes,” reads the Jio website.
The JioPhone is available for a deposit of Rs 1,500 but will effectively be free as this deposit is refundable after 3 years. Reliance is charging this money as a security deposit to ‘avoid potential misuse’ of the device.
Out of the total amount, Rs 500 has to be paid when booking the device and the rest of Rs 1,000 when the device is delivered.
“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 during the 40th AGM meet of RIL.
But is the JioPhone a Good Bet?
The Reliance JioPhone is arguably a sensible proposition given that a user device can only do so much with the device’s QVGA display and limited applications at disposal.
These limited capabilities of the device and the absence of a hotspot will only allow the user to exploit the Rs 153 Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer which gives them unlimited calls, sms, and data in a confined manner.
A number of companies like Micromax, Swipe, Intex, Karbonn and several others have been releasing smartphone devices in the sub-Rs 5,000 segment — for as cheap as Rs 2,500.
These devices not only give users increased exposure to apps on the Android ecosystem but also enables them to use the internet on other devices via hotspot feature on these smartphones.
Another thing that comes to fore is that the Rs 153 offer that the company is marketing alongside the JioPhone isn’t really the best out there.
Jio offers a Rs 399 tariff plan for users which gives them unlimited calling, 100 sms per day and 1GB of data every day for 84 days.
Given this information, it can be argued that buying a cheaper 4G VoLTE-enabled smartphone and opting for the Rs 399 tariff plan rather than going for the JioPhone might be a more sensible choice.
For those who’re just looking for a secondary device that doesn’t hurt the pocket if broken, JioPhone still remains a good bet.
Reliance JioPhone Specifications
Display: The Reliance JioPhone features a 2.4-inch QVGA display.
Processor: The device is powered by the 1.2GHz Spreadtrum SPRD 9820A/QC8905 dual-core processor with Mali-400 GPU.
Memory and Storage: The JioPhone comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.
Camera: It sports a 2MP camera on the rear and a VGA camera on the front.
Battery: The device is backed by a 2000mAh battery which can be charged via the USB 2.0 port.
The device runs on KAI OS and supports a single Nano sim. It supports 4G VoLTE network, comes with Bluetooth 4.1, support for WiFi, NFC, FM Radio, GPS. The device also supports digital payments via NFC or UPI, and audio and video playback.
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.