Reliance confirms JioPhone Next will be launched in time for Diwali

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Reliance confirms JioPhone Next will be launched in time for Diwali
JioPhone Next is an Android smartphone jointly developed by Reliance and GoogleReliance
  • The JioPhone Next launch was initially scheduled for September this year.
  • It was pushed back and at the time, reports suggested that it will be launched around Diwali.
  • JioPhone Next is an affordable Android smartphone developed in partnership with Google.
The much anticipated JioPhone Next, in partnership with Google, will be available in time for Diwali (November 4), Reliance Jio confirmed on Friday. The launch was initially expected to happen in September this year, but it got pushed back due to the ongoing chip shortage.

Reliance Jio posted 16.7% growth in its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) between July and September this year, much higher than analyst expectations of 5-7% growth.

Another area that Jio has improved its metrics in is the amount of money it makes from each user, which surged to ₹143.6 to ₹138.4 in the previous quarter.

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ParticularsJuly-September 2021Growth (YoY)
Revenue₹23,222 crore7%
Net profit₹3,728 crore23.5%

Despite analyst warnings, Jio has so far resisted raising tariffs over the past few months. Instead, it has gone ahead on the path of aggressive subscriber acquisition, and that seems to be helping it tide over the stunted growth in average revenue per user (ARPU).

Reliance confirms JioPhone Next will be launched in time for Diwali
Jio's ARPU has seen a recovery in this quarterReliance / Business Insider India / Flourish

Interestingly enough, Jio lost subscribers for the first time on a quarter-on-quarter basis - it reported that its total customer base stood at 429.5 million subscribers, down from the 440.6 million number that the company reported in the previous quarter.

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Reliance confirms JioPhone Next will be launched in time for Diwali
Jio's new subscriber additions have stumbled this timeReliance / Business Insider India / Flourish

Reliance Jio’s last quarter in numbers



Jio reported a 2% increase in profit between July and September 2021, increasing to ₹3,728 crore from ₹3,651 crore in the previous quarter. On a year-on-year basis, its profit surged by nearly 24%.

Jio also witnessed a healthy surge of 4.3% in its revenue during the quarter, increasing to ₹23,222 crore as compared to ₹22,267 crore in the quarter before. On a year-on-year basis, this is an increase of 7%.
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Reliance confirms JioPhone Next will be launched in time for Diwali
Jio's net profit over the last ten quartersReliance / Business Insider India / Flourish

Both data and voice usage saw a substantial increase this quarter



Data traffic saw an increase of nearly 13% compared to the previous quarter. The average data usage per user during the quarter stood at 17.6GB, as compared to 15.6GB in the previous quarter.

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Voice usage increased to 840 minutes from 818 minutes in the quarter before.

Reliance confirms JioPhone Next will be launched in time for Diwali
Jio's consumer engagement numbers over the last ten quartersReliance / Business Insider India / Flourish

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