JioPhone, the 4G feature phone from Reliance Jio dubbed as India ka smartphone, is now available on Amazon India as well. The feature phone was first listed on the e-commerce platform by a seller last month but it is now officially available.
The JioPhone was announced last year as company’s attempt to onboard over 50 million feature phone users onto its 4G network. Since its announcement, the JioPhone has created quite a buzz, especially in the Tier II and Tier III cities, where the penetration of feature phones is really high. Reliance Jio claims to have shipped over six million units of JioPhone since its launch and IDC says Reliance Industries is now the leading feature phone brand in the country.
The JioPhone is available with a security deposit Rs 1,500 on Amazon India, which the company will refund in two installments over next three years. In order to get the refund, the JioPhone users need to make mandatory monthly recharge of Rs 153, which offers 1GB data per day, unlimited voice calls including roaming. However, the telecom service provider has started offering cheaper plans priced at Rs 49 for 28 days validity.
Amazon India notes that customers need to place the order online first and then the device will be delivered at the provided address. Once received, customers need to visit their nearest Jio Store or Reliance Digital outlet with device, packaging box and Aadhaar number to activate the device. Once activated, JioPhone users will be able to access Jio apps like JioTV for live TV, JioCinema for on-demand movies and JioMusic for streaming music.
The JioPhone features a 2.4-inch display and features a standard keyboard layout for input. It also sports a 2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front camera for video calling. The device comes with 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage and supports expandable storage up to 128GB via SD card slot. The smart feature phone comes with a native voice assistant but there is also Google Assistant for voice actions. The feature phone also recently got Facebook app, which makes it a truly smart feature phone.
The JioPhone runs on customized version of Firefox OS called KaiOS and supports 22 regional languages. It is hard to find a feature phone such a wide array of features at effective price of zero, especially one offering color display and 15 days battery standby.