Mumbai: The much awaited JioPhone, which is set to unleash a digital life for 500 million feature phone users, will open for pre-booking on August 24, 2017, 5pm.
This device was unveiled at the Reliance Industries AGM on July 21, 2017 and is now available to customers at an effective price of zero, i.e., effectively free. Customers are required to pay a fully refundable, one-time, security deposit of Rs. 1,500 against every JioPhone to avoid potential misuse. The JioPhone will be distributed on a ‘first come first serve’ basis to only those who pre-book starting August 24, 2017.
JioPhone voice will be free and the users of Jio will also get unlimited data on the JioPhone. Jio will provide free voice and unlimited data for Rs 153 per month. Additionally, Jio will introduce 2 sachets – a weekly plan for Rs 53 and a 2-day plan for Rs 23, that provide similar value.
JioPhones will come pre-loaded with the Jio suite of apps for messaging, entertainment, etc. especially Jio TV which features more than 400 live TV channels as well as JioMusic and JioCinema, which give access to the latest in entertainment in multiple regional languages. It will also include some of the most popular instant messaging and social networking apps, to ensure consumers continue to enjoy the best services.
Pre-booking can be done through online and offline channels. The offline mode comprises of Jio retailers and multi-brand device retailers including the Reliance Digital stores network. The online channel includes the app – MyJio and the company’s own website jio.com.
The pre-booking can be done with an amount of Rs. 500, which will be adjusted against the fully refundable, one-time, security deposit at the time of delivery. The balance Rs. 1000 towards security deposit needs to be paid at the time of delivery of the device. A JioPhone user can use the JioPhone for 36 months, and can get a full refund of the security deposit of Rs 1,500 by returning the used JioPhone.