Following Narendra Modi s vision to bridge the digital gap in rural India, Reliance Jio, last week launched the JioPhone. The smartphone comes with features like 4G VoLTE support and a voice assistant. However, now, few reports suggest that the phone will come with a single SIM card slot only, though there is no official confirmation on the same. Also Read - India vs Pakistan ICC T20 World Cup 2021 match today: How to watch online for freeAlso Read - Best postpaid plans under Rs 600 from Reliance, Airtel, Vodafone-Idea: Unlimited calls, OTT subscription, more
According to Gadget360, the JioPhone will only come with a single SIM card slot supporting 4G and VoLTE calls. The device will be exclusively available to few users in its beta phase starting August 15. Though there is no official word from the company, TheMobileIndian reports that Reliance could launch a dual-SIM variant of the JioPhone sometime around October.
For now, it will open pre-bookings for the JioPhone on August 24. The company has already announced that it will be putting up 5 million JioPhones every week for sale. However, people using the JioPhone will only be able to use Reliance Jio SIM, and the device won’t support SIM cards from other carriers like Airtel or Vodafone. While the JioPhone is not expected to support WhatsApp at launch, reports suggest that support maybe added at a later date. ALSO READ: Reliance JioPhone is on a quest to dominate the rural telecom market in India
The JioPhone is essentially free for users. But those buying the device, will have to pay a deposit of Rs 1,500, which will be refunded after three years. The company also announced tariff plans for the JioPhone. While voice calls will continue to remain free, the lowest subscription plan for JioPhone starts at Rs 153 per month. Buyers can also choose from two mini STVs — priced at Rs 24 and Rs 53 — with the validity of two and seven days respectively. ALSO READ: Reliance JioPhone launched: Price, data tariff plans, prebooking, availability and more
In terms of specifications, the feature phone comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, and in term of processor, the phone is said to launch in two variants — one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 SoC, and one with Spreadtrum SoC. The phone also supports voice control for users to perform simple tasks such as making calls or send text messages with just voice commands. The voice control comes with support for English and Hindi languages too. The handset also has FM radio compatibility and comes with essential support for SD card and LED flashlight. ALSO READ: Why Reliance JioPhone is a practical solution to the curiosity sparked off by Freedom 251