Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani on Friday announced the JioPhone, a 4G VoLTE feature phone which he called ‘India ka Smartphone’. The phone is a feature phone with 4G data and 4G VoLTE calls and will effectively cost the customer Rs 0 for the device.
The phone will be available for beta testing from August 15 and for pre-booking from August 21.
The phones will be available for sale on a first come, first serve basis from the September 2017. The target is to make 5 million phones available every week.
The JioPhone will have free voice calls.
There will be a Rs 1,500 refundable security deposit with the phone for three years. Effectively, this makes the phone completely free, Ambani said.
There will be a weekly plan of Rs 54 and a two-day plan of Rs 24 with all the same features.
He said the Jio will aim to cover 99 per cent of India’s population in the next 12 months. “Because of Jio, India’s 4G coverage will be more than its 2G coverage,” he said.