Jio launches ₹49 tariff plan for feature phone users

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on January 27, 2018

In its attempt to reduce the entry barrier for 4G services, Reliance Jio Infocomm has launched a ₹49 tariff plan for its JioPhone users, offering free voice and unlimited data for 28 days. The company has also introduced data add-on packs of ₹11, ₹21, ₹51 and ₹101.

“Jio has made data affordable for everyone,” the firm said in a statement. “Tariffs charged for feature phone users continue to be exorbitant, while their smartphone counterparts on Jio enjoyed free voice calls and high-speed data at the most affordable tariffs. The high feature phone tariffs make it impossible for them to even think of using data, let alone avail advanced data services like video calling, mobile video and mobile applications,” it added.

Under the ₹49 plan, the company will provide 1GB of 4G data at highest speeds, and after its consumption, the speed will fall to 64 Kbps. The tariff is being launched on Republic Day.

Further, JioPhone will now be available on demand across all retail outlets in the country. The handsets can be bought from retail stores, MyJio App or online without a waiting period.

Till now, the handset was available only on advance booking. The JioPhone is a feature phone with 4G Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support and was launched with an effective price of ₹0, but with a refundable security deposit of ₹1,500.

Earlier slash

Earlier during the week, RJio had slashed tariffs by ₹50 across various plans and offered 50 per cent more data than competition. The company also introduced a new ₹98 pack, which provides free voice and unlimited data (2GB per month), with a validity of 28 days.

The new tariffs — offered under ‘Jio Republic Day 2018’ plan — is in response to price revisions by incumbents. The lower price point of ₹98 is to enable more consumers adopt Jio Digital Life, the company’s vision of Digital India, it had said.

Under the new offer, Jio has increased all its existing 1GB-per-day packs to 1.5GB and 1.5GB-per-day plans to 2GB. The company’s flagship ₹399 plan will now provide free voice, unlimited data (1.5GB daily), unlimited SMS and subscription to Jio Apps for 84 days.

Similarly, the company has slashed prices of its existing ₹149, ₹349 and ₹449 plans by ₹50 and has increased data offering to 1.5GB per day (from earlier 1GB) on these packs. Further, it has hiked data offerings under its ₹198, ₹398, ₹448 and ₹498 plans to 2GB per day from the existing 1.5GB per day.

The new tariffs will be available from January 26.

Published on January 25, 2018

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