If you did not get a chance to book the ‘effectively priced Rs 0’ JioPhone, then you could soon do so as Reliance Retail is reportedly going to resume the process soon. Also Read - Reliance Jio might invest in TikTok, early discussions with ByteDance going on: ReportAlso Read - Airtel reportedly giving free 1GB high-speed data for 3 days to select users
Reliance Retail will reportedly start accepting bookings in the second round after Diwali, when Jio would have completed the delivery of about six million units which were booked in August. There has been a significant delay in the delivery of the first 4G VoLTE feature phone which costs Rs 1,500, but you can get the cashback after three years. Also Read - Jio Glass mixed-reality glasses announced by Reliance Jio
“The second phase of JioPhone booking will start after Diwali. Likely from October-end or November first week,” a Reliance Retail channel partner is quoted as saying in a PTI report. BGR India has reached out to Reliance for an official confirmation. ALSO READ: Reliance JioPhone: How to connect the phone to any TV to stream content
To recall, when the first phase of JioPhone bookings went live on August 24, reportedly six million bookings were made in just three days. Owing to the overwhelming response, first the bookings were halted few weeks after they began, while the deliveries got delayed from first week of September to the end of the month. The company started delivering the units from September 24. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio confirms to complete JioPhone delivery by Diwali
Interestingly, the company also appears to have relaxed the refund scheme for the JioPhone. Earlier, if you wished to avail the complete refund, you would be eligible to do so only after a period of 36 months. However, under the new condition, JioPhone buyers can get a refund of Rs 500 if they return the unit in the first year of purchase. However, the condition here is one must have made a recharge of Rs 1,500 during the year. The company is allowing flexibility to reach the recharge limit by choosing from the number of tariff plans on offer.
If you wish to return the device in the second year, you will be eligible for a refund of Rs 1,000, but if you wait and complete three years using the device, you get the entire amount of Rs 1,500 refunded. ALSO READ: Beyond Reliance Jio, incumbent telcos need to create solutions for India s data problem
Recently, the company officially announced that the delivery process for all the six million JioPhone units will be completed by October 19. While there is no word on how many of the booked units have been delivered by far, but going by the recent report, the company appears to be nearing its target.