Reliance cuts JioPhone price to ₹699 bundled with free data worth ₹700
- The JioPhone is getting even cheaper during the Diwali season, priced at ₹699.
- It’s a ‘one-time’ offer by Reliance Jio for new users with added benefits like free data worth ₹700.
- The data will spread out over the user’s first seven recharges with Reliance Jio adding ₹99 worth of data with each recharge.
Reliance Jio has announced that it’s cutting the JioPhone’s price down to ₹699 for Diwali and Dussehra, as a part of a ‘one-time’ offer.
Users signing up for a JioPhone using the Diwali 2019 offer will also get other benefits like ₹700 worth free data.
The data won’t be given all at once but will be distributed over a user’s first seven recharges. Every time there’s a new recharge, Reliance Jio will add an additional ₹99 worth of data to the pack.
"This is a clear saving of over ₹800 without any special conditions like having to exchange your old phone," said Reliance Jio in a statement.
The JioPhone is not a smartphone but a feature phone with 4G capabilities. Its 2,000 mAh battery has enough juice to last well over a day, even when used extensively.
The only thing is that the phone’s the alphanumeric keypad is a far cry from the QWERTY keypads most users are accustomed to on smartphones.
However, the JioPhone can handle basic tasks like calling, messaging, operating WhatsApp, logging onto Facebook and asking Google Assistant questions.
It also gives users access to Jio’s suite of entertainment apps to watch TV, or listen to music.
One shouldn’t have high expectations for the cameras since the phone only has a 2 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front camera, which pales in comparison to other devices in the market.
But, it does mean that users will be able to make video calls using the phone — the goal of the JioPhone being to connect the unconnected.
"Jio will ensure that no Indian is deprived of affordable Internet and the fruits of the Digital Revolution. By offering the ‘JioPhone Diwali Gift’, we are making an investment of ₹1,500 towards bringing every new person from the bottom of the economic pyramid into the Internet economy," said Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries.
This move will also help Reliance Jio meet its target of hitting 500 million subscribers and shift users from 2G networks to 4G.
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