At their September 1 AGM meeting, Reliance Jio Chairman, Mukesh Ambani made the service public and said that it will be rolled out from September 5 to selected cities, as of now. However, the company issued the SIM cards all over the country.
There are many users who are facing many issues with the activation of the SIM card and some of them are struggling to get their hands on a Jio SIM card. But, there is news saying that the company has now stopped issuing the SIM cards.
Several users also reported that they are not getting the data speeds same as in the preview offer as the number of increased user base might be the reason for it.
The telecom service might be new, but the company has already made its presence in the sector. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of the network.
LTE-only Network: Advantage
Reliance Jio is the India's first LTE-only network, which means that users don't have to worry about the network dropping to 2G or 3G. Other telecoms are now pushing hard for their 4G services and at times Airtel also drops to 3G or 2G when there is no network coverage, which is a bit of underwhelming.
VoLTE Calls: Advantage
At the launch time, Mukesh Ambani said that users have to pay only for data, which means that voice calls are made through a feature called Voice Over LTE (VoLTE). The feature is relatively new in the country, but it promises excellent audio quality which will be far better than our normal voice calls.
However, your smartphone should have support for VoLTE and normal 4G LTE phones are not eligible for voice calls and your mobile data should be turned on all the time to make voice calls.
No Charges for SMS and Calls: Advantage
As said earlier, voice calls with the service are absolutely free and coming to the SMS, the network also offers some free SMS with all their packs. However, you can only use a maximum of 100 SMS as per the TRAI rules.
National Wide Free Roaming: Advantage
One of the biggest advantage over its rivals. Reliance Jio offers free roaming national wide. All you need to do is just pay for data.
Wi-Fi Data Plans: Advantage
The tariff plans of the service also include Jio's Wi-Fi data plans with which users get some amount of data and they use that data to connect through some Wi-Fi hotspots provided by the company.
There is no pack of Rs. 50/GB: Disadvantage
Reliance officially did not unveil any of the data pack which offers Rs. 50/GB. Instead, the company said that the normal data charges cost 1MB per 5 paise, which further dubs to Rs. 50/GB. That said, voice calls won't be free when you don't recharge the phone with a tariff plan.
Unlimited Night Data has a catch: Disadvantage
As Reliance is offering unlimited night data with all its tariff plans, here comes the main catch. Night data will only be limited from 2AM to 5AM, which is a bit of a let down as other telecom services offer night data from 11PM to 7AM.
No calls for non-VoLTE phones: Disadvantage
Another disadvantage is that a user with 4G LTE enabled smartphone can able to use the Jio SIM card, however, he won't be able to make any voice calls. That said, Reliance has a solution for that and asks every user to download their Jio4GVoice app for not-interrupted voice calls
Welcome offer comes with data cap: Disadvantage
As we all know that the Preview offer is now called as Welcome offer which is applicable for all users until December 31, 2016. But, unlike the preview offer, the welcome offer comes with a daily data cap of 4GB.
No voice calls if you don't refill: Disadvantage
As said earlier, the voice calls on the Reliance Jio is truly free, but you need to refill with a data pack to make voice calls.