Reliance Industries is reportedly in talks with Foxconn to manufacture dual-SIM mobile phones, which would be priced in the sub-$25 (approximately Rs 1,600) price bracket. The latest report comes on the heels of the company’s annual AGM event, where it launched the JioPhone feature phone with 4G VoLTE capabilities. Also Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAIAlso Read - Airtel Rs 456 vs Jio Rs 447 prepaid plan: Check validity, data, voice calls, and other benefits
Adding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, Reliance Industries is reportedly mulling alliance with Foxconn to make mobiles locally. According to ET, the company’s telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm is looking at launching a $23-$25 dual-SIM mobile phone soon. The purported handset is likely to feature slots for both 2G and 4G SIM cards, and would cost Rs 1,625-Rs 2,200 post taxes. The report adds that the processor is expected to be built by Spreadtrum Communications. ALSO READ: Reliance JioPhone is on a quest to dominate the rural telecom market in India Also Read - Jio Freedom Plans 2021: Jio launches 5 new prepaid plans with no daily data limit - check details
Keeping with the tradition of bundling its phones with Jio offers, the rumored phone is also expected to come with lucrative 4G tariffs. It is also expected that the phone may further be offered with discounts, phone exchange schemes, or special tariffs, the report said.
At today’s AGM event, RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani stressed that going forward, all phones by the company will be domestically manufactured. The latest report about Foxconn partnership thus falls in line with today’s announcement given that the semiconductor company is already investing in India to create a parallel manufacturing hub to China. ALSO READ: Reliance JioPhone: From 4G VoLTE compatibility to voice control, here are the top features of the feature phone
Meanwhile, furthering the aim of bringing 4G connectivity to the 50 million mobile phone users, Ambani announced the JioPhone, which is effectively priced at Rs 0. With a refundable deposit of Rs 1,500, the JioPhone promises features such as NFC, voice control and TV casting among others. The idea behind the ‘free’ phone is to bring 2G customers onboard the 4G experience without costing a bomb. RELATED: Reliance JioPhone is on a quest to dominate the rural telecom market in India