2019 brought the world of smartphones and mobile devices compatible to the rising trend of 5G networks. Reliance Jio however might be playing an entirely different game in the Indian mobile space. If rumours are to be believed, Jio is now working on a feature phone, made exclusively with one function in mind, attending and making voice calls. Sources report that the company is in the market survey stage of product development and is working on collecting opinions and reactions of retailers about this device, called the “Jio Phone lite”.
Speculations by industry experts suggest that the Jio Phone lite might not support internet connectivity and that the device will be priced below Rs 500, at a possible price of Rs 349 or 399. Rumours also suggest that Jio will launch a Rs 50 recharge plan with 28 days validity exclusively for future users of the Jio phone Lite. Here Jio to Jio calls will be free of cost and calls to other networks will be priced separately.
This feature phone is expected to have a small display with a regular alphanumeric keyboard. It is not certain if the phone will come with a camera. Other specifications of the device are not out yet. If this device is launched it will be the first device released by the company to not have internet access at all.
However, expecting a lot from a phone which might cost somewhere under Rs 500 is a fool’s ordeal. We do not know if this phone will even make it to the market, as there is no official information or announcement regarding this device or its release by Reliance Jio.
Jio recently announced the 2020 Happy New Year offer for its current customers. The limited period offer lets smartphone users avail unlimited services for a year from the operator at Rs 2020. Through this offer, customers will have access to unlimited voice calls, 1.5GB internet and can avail free SMS feature as well. Meanwhile, JioPhone users can get a JioPhone with unlimited service for a period of 12 months through the Rs 2020 offer, which gets them access to unlimited calls, daily data of 0.5GB and free SMS feature.
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