Published: Sat, July 22, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Free phones power Mukesh Ambani's tech ambitions

Free phones power Mukesh Ambani's tech ambitions

Though Reliance Jio was launched in India in September, the company's expansion plans had been restricted to smartphone users as it is a 4G only network and feature phones don't support VoLTE technology. A full refundable deposit of Rs1,500 to be paid for Jio phone to prevent misuse. You can pre-book the phone from August 24 but it will only be available for purchase in the last quarter of 2017. Talking about the Jio phone plans in which a customer will be getting an unlimited data for just Rs 153. The said phone will be coming with a 2.4-inch display with the alpha numeric keypad, with the SD card slot to expand the memory.

Please Wait while comments are loading. Those who cannot afford to pay Rs 309 for the monthly JioTV pack can subscribe for Rs 24 or Rs 54 recharge sachets that will extend the validity of the pack for two days or seven days depending on the option you choose. Net-net, you pay nothing for the JioPhone. It sports a squarish design, a headphone jack along with microphone and speaker.

The latest show-off is a 4G enabled "effectively zero priced' feature phone that runs on voice command". Finally, should the cost of acquisition of the phone get depreciated over three years, it would create a tax shield to minimize the financial cost of this plan. The phone, which can be operated on voice command also faclitates use of keyboard while speaking to the phone. The phone is pre-loaded with applications like Jio Cinema, Jio Music and others. The phone also has an SOS feature which can be activated by pressing 5.

#RILAGM2017: Jio phone will be available at 0 Rs with free lifetime calls.

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Mr. Ambani's son Akash Ambani and daughter Isha Ambani introduced the Jio phone."Jio set a world record of 100 million customers, adding 7 customers every second", he said."Jio today has over 125 million customers".

Narinder Kumar, analyst at Cybermedia Research, said the feature phone from Jio will impact the current market of 2G handsets as well as the entry-level smartphone segment.

In a move that makes sense both from a business and financial perspective, the Rs 1500 payment upfront for acquiring the phone would be positive from a working capital perspective. Now, Jio will democratize the digital culture in India.

Since the base for 4G feature phones is around 400 million and even if one-third of these users plan to upgrade, this will lead to 133-150 million new user-opportunity in the short-term period, Pathak said. So starting 15 August this year I am declaring digital freedom for all feature phone users.

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