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On Friday, at the 40th Annual General Meeting, Reliance officially announced their highly anticipated 4G VoLTE feature phone dubbed JioPhone.
With 4G VoLTE connectivity and no cost at all, the JioPhone will definitely make the 2G feature phones obsolete in the coming months. It won't be an exaggeration to say that the JioPhone has set a benchmark in the feature phone market as it a one of its kind device. It isn't a smartphone but a smart feature phone with several capabilities we haven't seen on feature phones till date.
The pre-booking of the JioPhone is slated to debut on August 24 and the sale will start in early September. We have already seen how the JioPhone will compete against the most popular budget smartphones in the country. Now, we have come up with a list of FAQs related to the JioPhone. You might be having some questions about this new kid on the block those are yet to be answered. In that case, take a look at the clarifications given below.
How much does the JioPhone cost?
The very first question that you might get about the JioPhone is "how much will it cost?". Well, the JioPhone is absolutely free. It is priced at Rs. 0. There is a security deposit of Rs. 1,500 that you will have to pay to buy the phone. But this amount is 100% refundable. The catch is that you will have to recharge your number every three months in order to get back the deposit for three years. Even if you do not recharge, Rs. 1,500 for a feature phone that has smart capabilities is acceptable.
How to pre-order the JioPhone?
The pre-orders for the JioPhone will be open from August 24. You can pre-order the handset either via the MyJio app or by visiting the nearest Jio retailer. The pre-ordered units will be made available from early September on a first-come first-serve basis. Soon, we can see people lining up before the Jio retail outlets as they did in the last year for the Jio 4G SIM cards.
What does the Rs. 153 plan include?
The Rs. 153 plan was announced along with the launch of the JioPhone and is exclusive to the users of the feature phone. This plan has a validity of 28 days and includes unlimited voice calls and SMS along with unlimited 4G data too. However, the catch is that you will be able to use 500MB 4G data per day beyond which the speed will drop to 128kbps. Also, you can access the Jio suite of apps such as Jio Music, Jio Cinema and Jio TV those are preloaded.
What is JioPhone TV-Cable?
Despite being a feature phone, the JioPhone supports a kind of screen mirroring that will enable you to watch the content on your phone on your TV. In order to do it, you have to buy a cable called Jio Phone TV-Cable along with the Rs. 309 plan instead of the other plan costing Rs. 153. Moreover, you can enjoy watching the content on your phone on any TV, be it the modern day LCD TV or the dated CRT TV.
Which plan is better?
Both the Rs. 153 and Rs. 309 plans are meant only for the JioPhone users and have a validity of 28 days. Also, both the plans are bundled with unlimited voice calls, SMS, data and app access. While the Rs. 153 plan has a FUP limit of 500MB per day, the Rs 309 plan comes with 1GB 4G data per day. Moreover, the latter also includes the JioPhone TV-Cable, which is a screen mirroring feature.
How to send emergency SOS messages from JioPhone?
The JioPhone comes with the emergency SOS feature. On long pressing the number 5 in the keypad of the phone, you can send an emergency message to the preset contacts. The service automatically calls the emergency number and sends the SOS message with your location including the longitude and latitude details.