Reliance Jio has launched the second version of the JioPhone during its Annual General Meeting in Mumbai. The new JioPhone 2 builds on the first generation of the feature phone. The new phone has a screen size similar to the previous generation but it comes with a QWERTY keypad for easy typing. This keypad also gives its a design language similar to popular Blackberry phones. One of the biggest updates that the new as well as older JioPhone will get is the support for popular apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube. These apps will be available commercially from August 15.
The JioPhone 2 comes with a 4-way Nav key. In terms of connectivity the device will feature LTE Band 3,3,40, 2G Band- 900/1800 4G. The device is capable of conducting LTE Cat4. The JioPhone 2 is also capable of using VoLTE and VoWiFi for calling over the internet.
The phone can accommodate dual SIMs (nano). The screen is 2.4-inch QVGA display. The device comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. A 2000mAh battery powers the new JioPhone 2. The phone can also house an SD card up with memory up to 128GB.
For optics, JioPhone 2 will come with a 2 Megapixel primary camera and a VGA camera on the front panel. The phone’s uses KaiOS as the operating system. The feature phone will also be capable of functionalities of FM, Wi-Fi, GPS and even NFC.
The new JioPhone 2 will be available alongside the older JioPhone. The company will start selling the device from August 15. The device is priced at Rs 2,999.
Monsoon Hungama Offer
Buyers still interested in buying the older JioPhone can use Reliance Jio’s new Monsoon Hungama Offer. Under this offer, existing feature phone users can exchange their old phone with a JioPhone at a price of Rs 501. The offer will go live from July 21. Despite the company’s claim of an effective price of Rs 0, there was an entry price of Rs 1,500. With the new offer in place, the user can get a JioPhone by paying Rs 501 and exchanging their older feature phone.
Jio GigaFiber broadband will come with a set top box for TV and will have enabled voice command feature for TV. Besides, it will have it will have a TV calling feature.
Mukesh Ambani’s son and daughter Akash and Isha Ambani, meanwhile, launched JioPhone 2 with advanced features. The new phone will be available for Rs 2,999 effective August 15, along side the existing one. JioPhone is a feature phone that was launched by Reliance Jio last year with an effective price of ‘zero’.
“Our purpose is to accelerate the Digital Revolution in India with the extreme affordability of a JioPhone, so that each and every Indian can access the internet and enjoy the Digital Life. Further details about both these offers will soon be made available on jio.com,” RIL said in a statement.
The company plans to extend the fiber connectivity to homes, merchants, small and medium enterprises and large enterprises simultaneously across 1,100 cities. Optical Fiber based fixed-line broadband is the future, Mukesh Ambani said. Jio is determined to move India to among the top five in fixed-line broadband, he said. The announcements were made at the 41st annual general meeting (AGM) of Reliance Industries.
The company is targeting 100 million users of JioPhone in the shortest time. “JioPhone generates more than 20 crore voice commands every month,” Isha said.
Ambani said the company will also launch three of the world’s most popular apps Facebook, Whatsapp and YouTube on JioPhones.
Addressing RIL shareholders, CMD Mukesh Ambani said JioPhone Monsoon Hungama will start from July 21, where the existing customers can replace their old Jio phones with the new one for Rs 501.
The registration for Jio GigaFiber broadband too will begin from August 15 either via MyJio or Jio.com. The company will roll out the service in those localities with highest interest.