India Ka Smartphone – Jio Phone Arrives
Jio has unveiled the latest phone from it’s stable and shared that the feature phone will come with free unlimited voice calling.
Availability JIO Phone – The company has launched the JIO Phone that will be available from September 1st week. The pre-booking will start on 24 August, and the mobile will be on sale beginning the first week of September in India. Further, the phone will be made available on, first come, first serve basis.
Anyways, there are going to be long queues, very long.
For your help, you can read about How to Book the JIO Phone.
Jio Phone is available in all parts of the country, through JIO Digital Express stores and retailers.
The price for the phone is set to Rs. Zero by the company, but to avoid misuse, the buyers will have to pay a security deposit of Rs. 15,00, refundable after 3 years. Although it is marketed as a free phone, there is an investment of Rs. 1500 to own it.
Jio is taking Rs. 500 as an initial deposit at the time of booking, the remaining amount is required to be paid on pickup from the JIO Store.
For more clarity can read – pre-booking Starts Deposit Rs 500 Now and 1000 Later
Also, JIO has introduced a new recharge with MRP of Rs. 153 for the JIO Phone users offering unlimited Voice calling and 1 GB / day data for a month. Mr. Mukesh Ambani has also announced that JIO Phone users can buy the Rs. 309 recharge to get all this. And users also get support for mirroring phone screen on a TV, via a cable. You can use it to even, plug into an old CRT TV.
Other than the large value packs, JIO has also launched two sachet packs, Rs. 24 and Rs. 54 that offer unlimited calling benefits as well as 1 GB data/day for 2 and 7 days, respectively.
Besides, the JIO phone comes with support for JIO 4G network and will be a good option for more than 50 million feature phone users in India.
Reliance JIO had a constraint that JIO sim was only usable in a 4G Volte phone that they have addressed with this new phone.
The new affordable phone will give access to the cheaper calling tariff for the rural and urban users, additionally access to data using the Rs. 153 or the Rs. 309 plan.
Update Some More clarification on the JIO Packs of Rs 153 and Rs 309
For Jio Phone users, there’s a special Rs 153 monthly plan, offers unlimited calls and SMS along with 512 MB data per day. Further, there’s also a Rs 309 plan that you can purchase to connect your Jio Phone to a TV and Livestream content.
JIO has also shared that they now have 125 Million subscribers in India and will continue to gain more users after the launch of the JIO phone.
Commenting on the Launch of the feature phone, Mukesh Ambani said: “There are more than 78 crore mobile phones users in India out of which about 50 crore people still use a feature phone. The new JIO Phone – India Ka Phone will provide free voice calling and affordable data options to these people.”
Full Specs for the JIO 4G Phone
The smartphone comes with a 2.4 Inch QVGA TFT Display with Screen Resolution: QVGA (320 x 240), and has a 2000 mAH capacity battery. Further, the JIO Phone comes with support for wireless Radio and Music and Video Player.
Notably, it comes with support for 22 Indian languages with support for Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri ,Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri,
Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu, apart from support for English.
JIO Media Cable Connects it to a TV to stream Videos – As mentioned above you can buy the Jio Media cable to broadcast the videos watched on the phone to a TV screen.
The cable may come with some adapters to help stream videos even to an old CRT TV, as shared by Mukesh Ambani in the Reliance AGM.
Voice Command – Moreover, the Phone also comes with Voice Command, JIO Cinema and JIO TV support.
Special Safety Features – To recall, the phone was unveiled by Akash and Isha Ambani, and they showcased unique Safety feature.
If you press the numeric 5 key for few seconds, the phone will send a distress message to your dear ones. It is a safety feature, required by many users.
Also, the sent SMS includes the latitude, longitude and area information of the person in distress.
Processor and Ram Details for JIO Phone
Furthermore, the Phone comes with a 1.2 GHz Dual Core chipset from Spreadtrum SPRD 9820A/QC8905 and has Mali-400 GPU clocked @ 512 MHz, and 512 MB of Ram.
Also, the phone supports LTE Cat 4 Modem for high-speed data connectivity upto 150 MBPS.
RAM and Storage – Additionally, it with 512 MB of RAM and will run on the new KAI OS. There is 4 GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 128 GB.
For photography, the rear camera comes with a 2 Megapixel resolution while the front camera is VGA (0.3 MP) resolution. It also supports Video calls.
Apart from above features, it has support for 4G LTE as well as VOLTE, WIFI, Bluetooth, and NFC.
Lastly, the Jio mobile comes with a single sim slot, that can house a nano sim, and it offers USB Connectivity through a USB 2.0 port.
Key Confirmed Specs for JIO 4G Phone
- Display: 2.4-inch QVGA (320 x 240) pixels with 167 PPI
- Processor: Dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz
- Chipset: SPRD 9820A/QC8905 (Spreadtrum)
- GPU: Mali-400 @ 512 MHz
- OS: Custom Kai OS
- RAM: 512 MB RAM
- Internal Storage: 4 GB, expandable up to 128 GB through micro-sd card
- Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and 4G VOLTE, Micro USB 2.0 Connectivity
- Single Nano sim connectivity
- Camera: 2 MP rear camera & 0.3 MP Front Selfie camera
- Battery Capacity: 2000 mAH battery
- NFC Support – Yes
- 22 Regional language Support.
- Fingerprint Scanner – No
- Price: Rs. 1500 or $20
- Available – JIO Digital Stores
- Launch Date – 24/Aug/2017
There are several Questions asked about the Reliance JIO Phone. I have tried to add some more details below to answer these Questions.
5 Key Questions About the Reliance Jio Phone – Answered.
1. Will JIO Phone Support Facebook ?
Answer – Yes (most likely not confirmed by JIO website yet), The JIO Phone comes with the support for Facebook.
2. Will the Reliance JIO Phone Support WhatsApp?
Answer – No, It is unlikely to have any support for WhatsApp.
3. Does Jio Phone come with Support for WIFI or Hotspot?
Answer – Yes the Jio Phone does have support for WIFI, or it is not clear if it has support for creating a mobile Hotspot.
4. How to Buy the JIO Phone?
Answer – You can pre-book the phone from 24th August 2017 on any JIO retailer, JIO digital express store or from My JIO App. Can read more details here – How to Buy the Free JIO Phone (Booking, Sale Date).
5. Is the Reliance JIO Phone free?
Answer – The Phone is not free as you have to pay Rs. 1500 as security deposit which is refundable after three years. Additionally, you need to spend Rs. 153 monthly to use the data benefit. The voice calling is free though.