Reliance Jio is rumored to launch its 4G LTE services early next month. Though Reliance Jio has remained tightlipped on the official launch date, recent reports have suggested the operator will begin with a soft launch later this month followed by phase-wise roll out across the country until December-end. Ahead of the official launch, a video on YouTube posted by username We love Jio is doing the rounds on the social networking site. The video offers a glimpse at what s believed to be of the official Reliance Jio website, featuring data plans and services among other details. Also Read - Zoom releases statement after JioMeet trolled for similaritiesAlso Read - Jio Platforms stake sale: Intel becomes 11th investor with Rs 1,894.50 crore investment
According to the video, Reliance Jio LTE offerings will include VoLTE, Mi-Fi devices, routers and smartphones. The video also offers preview of the Jio data plans. A JioFi Combo plan gives 75GB of 4G data for 90 days while a HD Voice Combo plan offers 75GB of data, 4500 minutes of talktime, 9000 SMS with 90 days of validity. Pricing of these schemes haven’t been revealed in the video. According to a recent report, Reliance Jio is also likely to offer 40GB of data with validity 90 days. This suggests, Reliance Jio data plans may be available between 40GB and 75GB with three months of validity. Also Read - Reliance Jio's JioMeet takes on Zoom with HD conferencing and 100 participants limit
The data plan is most likely to be available with Mi-Fi devices. We are not very sure Reliance will be offering the same plan bundled with its LYF smartphones, though we don t rule out the possibility of the same. Considering Reliance s tradition of disruptive pricing, we can easily speculate that these services will be available at much lower prices as compared to what the rivals Airtel and Vodafone are offering.
According to reports, Reliance Jio 4G basic tariff for local and STD calls will start at 2p per second, Re 1 per SMS and international texts at Rs 5. 4G mobile data would be priced at 0.5p per 10KB, which is roughly Rs 5 per MB whereas video calls will cost 5p per second. It may also launch a family and friends basic and gold plan for Rs 37 and Rs 38.
The video emphasizes on Reliance Jio s preloaded applications — JioPlay, Jio-on-Demand, JioBeats, JioMags, JioNews, JioDrive and JioExpressnews. These services are likely to be subscription based and likely to be free for the first 90 days. Also, these could be available as standalone applications for the iOS and Android platforms. The video doesn t reveal the pricing of these services.
The JioPlay will allow users to stay up to date with their favorite TV programs. Ji calls the service as Catch-Up TV. The Jio on Demand is similar to the Eros Now and Hooq streaming service allowing users to watch movies, TV shows, trailers among others.
The JioBeats is similar to music streaming services like Wynk and Saavn whereas Jio Mags is a Flipboard-like service. According to the video, the JioBeats will have millions of HD songs in over 20 languages. It will be available as a standalone application for Android and iOS platforms.
JioDrive is the native service for cloud storage where users can store their photos, videos and documents. Jio will be offering 90 days of access to JioDrive with 101GB of cloud storage. The Jio Money also features in the video revealing that its similarities with other wallet services that allow users to pay to merchants as well as pay utility bills.
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Except for the LYF smartphones, Reliance hasn t officially disclosed about its 4G launch plans. We are hoping more details to be available in the coming weeks. We have reached out to Reliance Jio for the confirmation on the same. Meanwhile, check out the much talked about video below: