Reliance Jio‘s 4G feature phone is all set to enter the Indian market. Reliance Jio’s chairman Mukesh Ambani launched the company’s 4G VoLTE feature phone at the annual general meeting of the company on July 21.
During the meeting Ambani announced that the pre-booking of the phone will begin from August 24 and will be made available on first-come-first-serve basis by September. The Reliance JioPhone comes at an “effective” price of Rs 0. The company is though will be taking a refundable security deposit Rs 1500 to avoid potential misuse of the device. The amount will be refunded after a minimum period of three years.
The customers can pre-book the device via various retail stores in the country. Moreover, they can also book the VoLTE feature phone by using the company My Jio app.
The Jio Phone runs on VoLTE network and comes with a host of pre-installed services such as JioTV and JioCinema apps. The device also has its own digital assistant along with the support for voice commands. It also comes with support for 24 Indian languages. Reliance says that users can long press on the ‘5’ key to directly call their near and dear ones. Furthermore, the company will bring NFC feature on Jio-branded phones as well later this year. The feature will arrive as part of a software update.
Reliance Jio Phone also supports voice commands. It includes support for 22 Indian languages. Furthermore, the company has also promised to add NFC payment support to JioPhone later this year. JioPhone is said to run on KAI OS, which is a forked OS version of the Firefox OS. For now, it doesn’t offer support for WhatsApp.
The company recently started beta testing of the JioPhone. Reliance Jio employees will be using the device and will report any software and hardware glitches. So, that the company has resolve the issue before the phone reaches to the users in September.