Reliance has today unveiled the latest JioPhone feature phone for the Indian consumers. It will be available for pre-booking from August 15 for Rs ZERO. However, one has to pay Rs 1,500 has a security deposit, which will be 100 percent refundable after three years. The device will be available for pre-booking from August 24 from MyJio app and physical retail stores. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman Reliance Industries Limited, said 5 million JioPhones will be made available every week.
"Today, Jio is going to reinvent the conventional feature phone. Let me introduce India ka Intelligent SmartPhone-Jio Phone," announced Ambani.
"We plan to collect a fully refundable, one-time, security deposit of Rs 1,500 with everyone. From 15th August, 2017, all Indians will have access to the highest quality & quantity, affordable & unlimited data," said Ambani, adding "This is how Jio will end the digital exclusion in India. And this is what I call true digital freedom."
"Jio will give them access to unlimited data on the JioPhone at Rs 153 per month," he said at the conglomerate's 40th Annual General Meeting at Birla Matushri Sabhagar.
Ambani introduced his twin children, Akash and Isha, who presented the phone features that include calls and text messaging on voice command, Internet surfing and cable to connect the device to TV to view content, including videos.
The JioPhone will be available for user testing in beta mode from August 15 and for pre-booking from August 24.
"Reliance democratised the equity culture in the past. Now, Jio will democratise the digital culture in India," he asserted. "Digital Life will no longer be the privilege of the affluent few."
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.
Jio Phone is a 'Made in India' 4G VoLTE enabled smartphone and is designed to be easy and friendly. 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.