The 41st AGM of Reliance Industries was dominated by the company’s plan around its JioPhone. Reliance Industries had announced the rollout of its broadband service called JioGigaFiber, JioGigaTV set-top-box and other smart home products. But what took away the limelight was Reliance JioPhone. The company had announced that the phone has now reached a 25 million user milestone and it is now eyeing the 100 million mark.
Another key highlight from Reliance Industries’ 41st AGM is JioPhone 2. The new feature phone by the company sports a widescreen display and comes with a QWERTY keypad. It was with this announcement, that the company how around 500 million people in India using feature phones are deprived of internet access and how this will change with Reliance Jio’s “Monsoon Hungama” offer.
The offer by Reliance Jio begins today and as a part of the plan people can exchange a feature phone they are using currently for a new JioPhone for Rs 501. However, it is notable that if you opt for this plan, you would not be eligible for the “Effectively Free” phone scheme like users who paid a deposit of Rs 1,500.
Powered by KaiOS, JioPhone comes with Google Assistant and offers support for voice commands. It was also announced recently that the KaiOS powered JioPhone will be getting support for Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp soon. The rollout of these apps on JioPhone will begin next month on August 15. Shortly after this, HMD Global had also announced that Nokia 8110 4G will also be getting support for these apps.
Jio has also started rolling out Google Maps for JioPhone and users can download it from the Jio App Store. JioPhone 2 will also come with support for these apps.
Having these apps certainly increases the usability of feature phones considering how popular and widely used they are.
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