Reliance announces JioPhone - A free 4G feature phone

Reliance Jio has launched a new 4G feature phone at a low cost, called JioPhone. As i said earlier, companies will be releasing 4G feature phone that support only 4G LTE/VoLTE.

Now, just about ten months of launching Reliance Jio (an Indian service provider), they are set to release their own branded 4G feature phone -JioPhone-. As we all know how boring 4G feature phone can be, if you ask me, i can't use a 4G feature phone. But Reliance is making this phone so special. Let's see what's the deal here.

Reliance is making this phone totally free. Yea! free; i will explain better. The JioPhone will be available to customers starting August 24, 2017. Customers will have to pay INR 1500 ($23) up front, which will be refunded after three years of using the phone when the phone is returned, essentially making it free.

As usual, local calls and SMS over Jio's 4G VoLTE network are completely free of cost. 4G data will cost INR 153 ($2.38) per month and will include 500MB 4GB data per day. Exceeding that will reduce the speed to 128Kbps until it resets the next day.

To make purchasing the data plans even cheaper, customers can choose to purchase a weekly plan for INR 53 or a 2-day plan for INR 23.

Reliance has also provided a way to access the company's media streaming services. While the phone itself won't be able to handle these services directly, you can purchase an optional cable for the device and plug it into the television. Then you will be able to access Reliance's entire library of music, movies, and TV shows on the big screen. Access to the media library requires subscribing to the Jio Prime plans.

The device itself is a basic feature phone with a 2.4-inch QVGA display and also has NFC functionality for digital payments.

The phone will be available to beta testers from August 15 and open for pre-booking from August 24. Pre-bookers will get the device September onwards. The company also plans to manufacture the JioPhone locally starting Q4 2017.

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  1. Thanks for the update

  2. I hope this phone support java application?

  3. thanks for the informative update

  4. There is nothing interesting about a feature fone

  5. The device really worth its prize, it has good specifications