Reliance Jio launched its 4G LTE services for Reliance employees in December last year, and starting May, the company extended its network trial to other users via an invite system. Under this scheme, Reliance employees with a Jio SIM card could refer 10 people to join and use voice, text and data services for 90 days. Now Reliance Jio has extended the validity to six months.
The company is also reportedly planning to open its network availability for everyone, thus eliminating the need of getting an invite. The invite from Reliance employees allowed users to purchase a LYF-branded smartphone from Reliance Digital stores across India. However, public SIM card availability with LYF handset could commence starting May 30, ET reports.
Along with the Reliance Jio connection, users get unlimited voice and data calls for a period of three months, which is now extended up to six months till November 2016. This also hints at full-fledged commercial launch of Reliance Jio could happen around December later this year. Along with Reliance Jio 4G connection, users also get unlimited access to a range Jio apps, which includes Jio Beats, JioXpressNews, Jio Mags, Jio Security, Jio On-Demand and Jio Drive.
At the time of announcing the quarterly results, Reliance Jio revealed that its services were tested by more than 500,000 users, and most of them use a LYF branded handset. The company plans to start its full-scale operations after it reaches a user base of a few million users. Before the official rollout company aims to optimize its network for better connectivity. Also, just within four months of its launch, LYF has managed to become the fifth largest smartphone vendor in India.
Reliance Digital has launched a range of LYF-branded smartphones starting from Rs 4,799 and going all the way up to Rs 19,399. The company has also launched 4K LED smart TVs based on Android OS. They are priced between Rs 65,990, going all the way up to Rs 199,990.