Reliance JioPhone will be effectively available for free, but there's a catch

Reliance JioPhone will be effectively available for free, but there's a catch

Finally, the announcement is made on Jio 4G VoLTE Feature Phone. Out of the 78 crore phones in India, he said, 50 crore are feature phones that can not be used for Internet or data usage.

The JioPhone's low price and affordable data may appeal to numerous approximately 400 million people in India who now use traditional feature phones, said Mr. Pathak. Yes, you have heard it right ...for an effective price of Rs 0! Following the possible threat from the mobile business disruptor Reliance Jio, investors sentiment soured as there may be possibilities that the new JioPhone may dent the businesses of the existing telecom and cable TV operators.

A "fully refundable, one-time" security deposit of Rs 1,500 will be collected to avoid misuse of the JioPhone. However, with today's launch, Reliance has now introduced a basic phone into the markets that supports 4G VoLTE connectivity. "And this is what I call true digital freedom".

The pre-booking for JioPhone will start from August 24 and it will be given away on a first-come-first-served basis. The company's Chairman said 5 million JioPhones will be made available every week.

- Jio, India's largest 4G network, launched 10 months ago.

This phone features the free voice calls along with the free unlimited data.

JioPhone users will get unlimited 4G data at Rs 153 per month, and all voice calls and SMS will be free. JioPhone users can go for Rs 309 plan, which allows them to watch video content from the Jio Apps on a bigger screen.

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The most powerful is the 296bhp petrol turbo engine , capable of 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and with a limited top speed of 151mph. Front-wheel drive will only be offered on the entry-level 150hp, 2.0-litre diesel model that comes with a six-speed manual.

Reliance JioPhone is 4G VoLTE feature phone and sports a square design, along with a 2.4-inch QVGA display.

The rumoured key specs of the device are 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 2000mAh battery, and 2MP VGA camera at the back. The phone is expected to come with different data packs. JioPhone is a feature phone which comes with features just like an Android smartphone.

The device comes with an alphanumeric keypad, microphone speaker, 4-way navigation and a compact design.

The JioPhone comes bundled with a bunch of exciting apps like Jio Cinema and Jio Music which will boost the entertainment value of your smartphone.

There is also NFC support for making virtual payments but it will be enabled later this year via automatic software update.

JioPhone has the SOS feature, and it will activate soon after pressing the "5".