Reliance Industries (RIL) is reportedly in talks to partner with Samsung, which would be a major move to mold the face of 4G devices and services in future in India. RIL under Mukesh Ambani is reported to have teamed up with Samsung to use its LTE platform and 4G-enabled devices bundled with RIL’s data and voice services, ET reports. This way Samsung will become the technology and hardware partner with RIL to offer its services on it. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy F42 Indian launch date could be Sep 29, hints Flipkart teaser
The deal will push both the companies to hit the market in big way by launching 4G devices that could not only be taken with bundled services and offers but would fall in the affordable segment as well. As per the reports, RIL and Samsung are mulling over offering entry-level 4G smartphones costing as low as about Rs 5,500 along with RIL’s voice and high-speed internet services. If turns into reality this would revolutionize the whole telecom industry and could possibly catalyze the push in the 4G uptake.
Moreover, unlike 3G which was introduced at high tariffs, RIL is expected to work on data packages feasible to the consumers as well as the company itself. It may introduce these devices on the data bundled-payment models as seen in other countries. The duo is likely to offer these devices with data packages starting at a minimum of Rs 100 and could also work on easy and minimal EMI-based sales models with zero percent interest rates.
According to the reports, RIL is gearing up to do a soft launch of their services in Mumbai and Delhi by mid-2013, followed by a formal launch sometime later this year.