September 1, turned out to be a memorable day in the telecom industry with Reliance Industries’ Chief Mukesh Ambani announcing the details of ‘Reliance Jio’ venture. Ambani claimed it to be the largest network in the world. However, if you are still thinking what exactly ‘Reliance Jio’ is, then here’s a pocket guide for you.
What is Reliance Jio?
Reliance Jio also known as Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) is a service provider for mobile networks, broadband services and digital services in India. It claims to be the only genuine 4G LTE service provider. The beta phase of the service for its partners and employees was launched on December 27, 2015. The service is officially launched on September 1 by Chairman Mukesh Ambani at the Reliance AGM.
Key highlights of Reliance Jio:
- Welcome offer: No charges for voice, apps and 4G LTE data service from September 5 to December 31. Later, the customer either needs to pay for voice or data services.
- 4GB/day available at 4G speed and drops to 128 kbps after. Data plans available at Rs 25-50 per GB. (Which is approx 1/10th of other players)
- Jio Apps subscription worth Rs 15,000 will be offered complimentary till December 13, 2017.
- Students to get 25% more data on providing valid identity proof.
- No following black out days. For instance, during Diwali free SMS offers are not applicable due to high volume.
- Get super-affordable 4G enabled handsets at Rs 2,999 and Jio-Fi at Rs 1,999 under LYF brand.
- Jio network is 5G and 6G ready.
- Get connections in just 15 minutes with Aadhar based e-KYC.
- In terms of coverage, Jio has already reached 18,000 cities and 2,00,000 villages. By March 2017, it aims to expand its coverage to 90 percent of the population.
- Jio aims to install 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots by middle of the next year to reduce network congestion.
Like always, Reliance has come up with an offer which seems to be like a dream. But hold on, some bugs are expected as it is currently in the testing phase (probably that’s the reason it is being offered for free). It will be commercially launched in 2017. Meanwhile, you can surely give it a try.