Reliance Jio launched the much-anticipated JioPhone free of cost with a catch. To obtain the phone, you will have to pay Rs. 1500 and the amount will be refunded to you after three years if you hand over the handset to the company. The company recently conducted a presale by asking customers to pay Rs. 500. The balance amount should be paid at the time of delivery.
According to company sources, the sales team is working hard to deliver six million units of JioPhone before Diwali on October 19. The company started the delivery of the phone starting September 24 and the process will be completed within 15 days. Initially, the phone will be sold in rural areas, small towns before starting in urban locations.
If you have placed an order, you will receive an SMS with the store address, phone number, and the pickup date. Moreover, the company is also gearing up to introduce status checking on 1800 890 8900. It is also possible to track the order from within the MyJio app by entering the order number.
Commenting on a tweet, a JioCare executive revealed that they have started delivery of JioPhone in a phased manner. He confirmed that the phone will be made available to all customers who have pre-ordered the handset before Diwali.
If you haven’t placed an order during the previous sale, you can express your interest by navigating to Jio.com, MyJio app and offline Jio retail stores. You will receive a notification when the company resumes prebooking of the phone.
Even though JioPhone is a feature phone, the company has integrated 4G VoLTE coupled with voice assistant support. The disadvantage of the phone is that you can only use a Jio SIM. Hence, you will be completed to purchase a new SIM card.
On the specifications front, the JioPhone features a 2.4-inch QVGA display, SPRD 9820A/QC8905 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB expandable internal storage, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera powered by a 2000mAh battery.
It remains to be seen as to whether the company will honor the promise by delivering JioPhone to all customers across the country. It’s a tough job for the company to deal with all customers. We expect the company will deliver the handset before Diwali. If the company succeeds, then we can expect another round of presale by the end of November 2017.
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