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As announced by Reliance Jio at the 40th Annual General Meeting, the JioPhone went on testing on August 15. The first batch of beta trials commenced on Tuesday.
Remember that it is only the testing and not the release of the handset in the market. During the beta trials, only a select group of users will get the JioPhone to test it before its public release in September this year. Just like how Reliance Jio started the Jio 4G service in the last year, the JioPhone beta trials will also debut with the company's employees initially. For now, only the Jio employees will be able to test the device.
Why beta testing?
The purpose of the beta trials is to let the company find and resolve the software and hardware issues before the same goes to the consumers next month.
JioPhone has several features that make it an extraordinary feature phone. The handset comes with 4G VoLTE capability, voice command support, compatibility with multimedia apps, a screen mirroring like capability using a proprietary cable. During the beta testing period, those who test the phone can let the company know how these features work and resolve any issues that they face while using the functionalities.
Bookings start next week
The bookings for the JioPhone will debut via both online and offline on August 24. We have already seen about the JioPhone booking. To book the JioPhone, you need to submit a copy of your Aadhaar card and only one unit will be available per consumer. If you need multiple units, you need to make a bulk order using your organization and the company's PAN or GSTN is needed for the same.
It's free of cost
If you book a JioPhone offline now, the unit will be delivered to you in the first week of September. At the time of collecting the handset, you need to pay the refundable security deposit of Rs. 1,500. For more questions about the JioPhone, take a look at the Reliance JioPhone FAQs from here.
JioPhone features and specs
Notably, the JioPhone features an alphanumeric keypad as in any other feature phone and a microSD card slot for expandable storage space. Also, the handset supports voice commands and 22 Indian regional languages. There is a panic button functionality that will be enabled on long pressing the number 5 on the keypad.
Additionally, the JioPhone will get the NFC support for digital payments via a future OTA software upgrade. For now, there is no support for WhatsApp on the JioPhone but there are reports suggesting that the handset will get a customized version of WhatsApp.