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Reliance Disruption: Jio Launches A Zero Priced Feature Phone

Reliance Disruption: Jio Launches A Zero Priced Feature Phone

Although the company has remained tight-lipped about the hardware and software inside, it seems the phone may be using a Snapdragon 205 SoC, a processor Qualcomm has made specifically for ultra-affordable 4G VoLTE phones. In addition to Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone, Reliance Communications, and BSNL are looking for enhancing their mobile Internet reach.

Indeed, India has overtaken U.S. and China in mobile data usage. Adding that Jio users consistently make 250 cr minutes of calls every day, Mukesh Ambani thanked PM Narendra Modi for his digital India vision. He called it as India's intelligent smartphone.

"I am confident that Reliance's own growth over the next 10 years and our contribution to the Indian economy will surpass what it has achieved in the past 40 years", he said. Users can view TV on Jio phone and can also connect to any TV using a simple cable developed by the company. With an expectation to sell 5 million JioPhones per week after the launch, this will fill up Ambani & Co's coffers like nothing else. As we are all waiting for their next big announcement, finally Mukesh Ambani announces the first feature phone with 4G LTE and VoLte support. The JioPhone looks to make these 2G feature phones obsolete.

Out of 78 crore mobile phones in India, 50 crore feature phone users left out of digital revolution, says Mukesh Ambani.

Sceptics said free users will never convert to paid users.

Unlike 2002, when Ambani indicated Infocomm would be profitable within a year, this time he has given no indication of a timeline for making profits from a business that has already guzzled around $30 billion. It comes with an Alphanumeric keypad and a dedicated button for Torchlight. The device was long rumored to be a 4G-enabled featured phone of the company.

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Earlier rumors suggested that the phone would price around Rs.500 and comes with features above regular feature phone.

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. Starting August 15, Jio will give access to unlimited data on JioPhone. Reliance Jio, which made its commercial debut in the Indian telecom sector as a telecom operator in September previous year.

As I confirmed in my previous article, JioPhone will be free.

The users have to pay just Rs 153 per month including the expense of the phone. The phone comes with a bunch of preloaded apps like Jio Music, Jio TV and Mann Ki Baat.

Jio phone to cost effectively Rs0 as against Rs3,000-Rs4,500 for a smartphone price, he said. This is going to disrupt the smartphone market.

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