It has been four years since Reliance Jio first got its 4G LTE license, but there are still some discrepancies regarding when the company will launch its services in India. In the meantime however the first few details have started surfacing online, including the broadband plans as well as an alleged photo of a SIM card.
— Akshay Gaonkar (@akshaypg) November 28, 2014
The photo of the SIM card was spotted on Twitter, and was posted by Akshay Gaonkar. The SIM card in the photo has a tagline “Share your Jio experience #hellojio.” Lending more credibility to the photo is Gaonkar’s Linkedin profile. He is currently the national head — prepaid acquisition at Idea Cellular, and is a former Product Manager – Postpaid at Reliance Communications.
In addition to the SIM card photo, the first broadband plans for Jio were spotted on a preview portal by TelecomTalk. Jio is long believed to have been planning on offering ultra-affordable broadband plans, and the preview portal lends weight to them. Jio will be offering high-speed Internet plans with speeds up to 100Mbps, at recharge plans starting as low as Re 1.
These plans include the FIP Alpha, which will offer a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) connection with speeds up to 100Mbps and usage limit of 100GB per month. This plan has a recharge value of Re 1. Other plans include FIP Alpha with Wi-Fi and JioDrive worth Rs 4, which is essentially the above plan but with cloud storage, and a Wi-Fi hotspot device, Jio Wi-Fi Start-up plan worth Rs 51, which will offer 1GB data via Wi-Fi, Jio Mobility Bundle (NTMore) worth Rs 3,010, which includes a Jio MiFi device and a Rs 500 recharge will offer 10GB of data. Lastly, there is also the Jio MiFi Product (NTMore) worth Rs 2,610, which again offers a MiFi device and a Rs 100 Jio MiFi Start-up Plan will offer 1GB data along with Digital services.
These plans were on display on Jio’s preview website, which at the time of filing the story is not accessible. We should also remind you that RCom could change the plans by the time it finally launches the service in India.
Reliance Industries has invested Rs 70,000 crore in 4G LTE high-Internet-speed services, including Rs 24,000 crore on airwaves. It currently owns spectrums in the 2300MHz band in all 22 circles for providing telecom services and 1800MHz band in 14 circles. They have recently been on a hiring spree, and have roped in former Google executives including Neeraj Bansal and Nikhil Rungta, as well as Rainer Deutschmann from Deutsche Telekom to head major product and service innovations. The company is also said to have hired nearly 3,000 people for retail and distribution operations.