Archive for March, 2017

Most Jio Users Happy with the Speed, Prime Members to Receive Cashback Offers

March 24, 2017

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio has established itself as a major telecom brand after only a few months of its launch. The network operator’s services have been positively received by the masses, making it a leading brand in terms of customer base.

Jio’s cashback option for Prime members

Reliance Jio will begin charging for its services from the 1st of April. However, the brand has introduced a scheme for Prime members, wherein they may recover the INR 99 paid as a subscription fee. Users who pay their membership fee through the JioMoney app become eligible to receive INR 50 as cashback. Under the membership, those who opt for INR 303 monthly plan and do the recharge using JioMoney, will receive another cashback of INR 50. In this way, users can easily recover the subscription amount of INR 99.

The offer will help Jio in drawing customers to its Prime membership plan. The cashback option on the monthly INR 303 recharge will also enable the brand to add high-value users to its network and consequently increase its average revenue per user (ARPU) base.

Partnership with Paytm

Wallet applications like Paytm have partnered with Jio to offer the benefit of cashback to its users. Individuals who pay via Paytm for the Prime membership will receive a cashback of INR 10.

Mukesh Ambani  led Jio had declared in February that existing customers, as well as those who opt for the network provider’s services by March 31st, could enroll in the Prime membership plan by paying a one-time subscription amount of INR 99. It had also introduced the INR 303 monthly plan, which offers 1 GB data per day for 28 days, along with free STD and local calls.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s survey

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML) had conducted an online survey, which found that 57 percent of Jio subscribers believe that the telecom operator’s data speed is much faster than that of incumbent operators. BoAML surveyed 1000 individuals from Jio’s 100 million customer base. A similar survey conducted back in December 2016 revealed that 55 percent users believed the network to be faster than that of competitors.

According to the report, about 84 percent Jio users were expected to opt for Prime membership post the expiration of the free offer. It also revealed that 70 percent of users would opt for the INR 303 monthly plan and 96 percent would pay for Jio’s services. From the 96 percent, 12 percent would prefer non-Prime plans, while the remaining 84 percent would pay through the Prime offer.

The BoAML survey also found that 65 percent of users have been using Jio as their primary SIM. However, the previous survey conducted in December 2016 revealed that 50 percent individuals used it as their primary SIM.

The findings further suggested that 80 percent users remembered their Jio mobile number, while 92 percent said they had shared it with their contacts. Besides these, the survey suggested that Jio has improved its voice calling services over the months.

Summary

Reliance Jio offers cashback option to Prime members. A survey by BoAML also revealed that 57 percent of users feel Jio’s speed is faster than that of competitors.

Mukesh Ambani Speaks About India’s Potential to Lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution

March 21, 2017

Speaking at the India Today Conclave 2017, the Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetization and digitization initiatives and spoke about India’s technological potential.

Mukesh Ambani’s views on demonetization and digitization

With reference to demonetization, Mukesh Ambani said that India has moved from being a ‘cash economy to a digitally-enabled optimal cash economy’. He stated that India is great today and will be fantastic in the future. The industrialist added that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the then United States (US) President, Barack Obama, for a dinner at White House, they only discussed technology and how it could benefit the poor in a country.

With reference to the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janta Party’s victory in the Uttar Pradesh elections, Mukesh Ambani stated that the Prime Minister understands the people of India, the world, and technology. He even said that the country is blessed to have him as a leader.

According to Mukesh Ambani, the credit in India has always been large in value but low on volume and hence available only for a few people. He said that Aadhaar-based identity will be linked in the coming years, after which taking a loan could be done through a mobile phone within a few minutes.

Mukesh Ambani revealed that India is the fifth largest and the fastest growing economy. According to him, the country’s current pace of growth could make it the third largest economy.

Due to the launch of Reliance Jio, India has recorded the highest data consumption in the world. Mukesh Ambani informed that Jio will be connecting 58,000 colleges and schools through digitization, thereby establishing the most digitally-enabled education system in the world.

India’s technological potential 

Mukesh Ambani said that the world is entering the fourth industrial revolution and India has the potential to lead this revolution. He believes that bringing back the brightest minds working overseas will enable the country to achieve this goal.

He stated that physical, biological and digital sciences are merging, which in turn will allow humans to redesign and rediscover all the aspects of life that exist on the planet. He further stated that technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, nanotechnology, genomics, and mobile internet form the base of the revolution.

Speaking on India’s capacity to lead the industrial revolution, Mukesh Ambani stated five reasons for it. He revealed that India is a young country with 63 percent of its population aged under 35 years, with the skill to adapt faster to modern technology.

He feels that the lack of digital infrastructure in India will be helpful as it will enable the country to skip multiple generations of technology and directly adopt the upcoming generation.

According to him, India has a large and open market and is one of the most attractive places for business, technology, and global talent. Moreover, the leadership in India believes in connecting the country to the world. Lastly, he stated that India has the determination, political vision, capacity, and leadership to excel in technology.

Summary

Mukesh Ambani said that India has the capacity to lead the fourth global industrial revolution. He also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his initiative to demonetize and digitize the country.

Jio Partners with Wallet Apps to Enable Recharges and Collaborates with Google to Manufacture Affordable 4G Smart Phones

March 15, 2017

According to a report by Business Line, Mukesh Ambani -led Reliance Jio is working with the global tech giant, Google, to design an affordable 4G smart phone.

Reliance Jio’s collaboration with Google

Reliance Jio and Google will develop the smart phone exclusively for Jio’s 4G network. The companies may launch the smart phone in late 2017. The Business Line report stated that Reliance Jio will be able to extend its reach further with the help of the brand name, Google. Besides, Google will also enable Jio to manufacture phones at a lower cost while also ensuring deep integration and efficient performance of Jio apps on Android platform.

Apart from this, the two companies will develop software for Jio’s smart TV services, together. This software is likely to be launched in the second half of 2017.

Partnership with device manufacturers

The retail arm of Reliance Industries Limited, Reliance Retail, is already working with Taiwan-based company Foxconn and many Chinese Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) to produce Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) enabled 4G smart phones and pocket routers. Some of the Chinese ODMs include Wingtech, CK Telecom, Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment (ZTE), and Tinno Mobile. Besides, Jio is also working with Indian manufacturer, Lava International.

Recently, Reliance Jio asked all its Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers to make LYF smart phones, automobile telematics devices, home automation systems, and smart set-top boxes in India. The Jio devices will be offered together with digital content and unlimited voice and video calling services.

Jio is also expected to partially subsidize its 4G feature phones and sell them for around INR 1,000.

Recharge option for Jio users through mobile wallet apps

Reliance Jio recently joined hands with a number of online recharge platforms including Paytm and MobiKwik. These platforms enable Jio prepaid users to recharge their connections. The facility will soon be available for Jio postpaid users as well.

Prepaid Jio Prime users can recharge and activate plans on their numbers using the Paytm app or website. MobiKwik is offering Jio Prime subscription for prepaid users at a discounted rate. RechargeItNow has also made Jio prepaid recharge option live on its platform. However, FreeCharge is yet to include Jio in its recharge list. These online recharge platforms will enable Reliance Jio to reach out to customers more efficiently.

Reliance Jio Prime offer

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio announced the Jio Prime membership last month. Under this, the telecom company will be offering a number of affordable plans. The plans provide users with unlimited 4G data, unlimited voice calls, free national roaming, free SMS services, and unlimited access to Jio apps.

Reliance Jio said that these offers are a part of the introductory plan and it will soon announce a number of ‘Extreme-Value Plans’ for Jio Prime members. The Prime membership subscription is open until the end of March 2017. Reliance Jio will end its Happy New Year Offer and start charging customers from 1st April 2017.

Summary

Reliance Jio has joined hands with Google to manufacture an affordable 4G smart phone that will work only on Jio’s network. Jio users will be able to recharge their numbers using MobiKwik and Paytm.

Jio Enhanced its Average Mobile Data Speed and Promised an Extra 5 GB Data to its Prime Members

March 7, 2017

According to a report by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Reliance Jio’s average peak download speed increased by more than twice in January end compared to December 2016.

In December end, Jio’s monthly average mobile broadband download speed was 8.34 megabits per second (Mbps). The same reached 17.42 Mbps during the end of January. At such a high-speed, a movie download will not even take three minutes.

TRAI gathered real-time data via an app, MySpeed and calculated Reliance Jio’s average mobile data speed over its network across India.

Reliance Jio’s additional data pool offers

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio announced that it will offer an extra 5 GB data to its Prime members who opt for the INR 303 plan.

Prior to this, Reliance Jio stated that Jio Prime members may extend their ‘Happy New Year’ offer with a monthly recharge of INR 303. Under this, they get 28 GB high-speed data with a validity of 28 days and a daily data usage cap of 1 GB. Once the 1 GB data for the day is over, the speed is reduced.

With the new announcement, Reliance Jio promised to give an additional 5 GB data over the existing 28 GB. This means that users will not face a speed slow down post 1 GB usage, till the extra 5 GB data is available. The extra 5 GB data is worth INR 201. It will be available to the users for the first month of the Jio Prime subscription.

Similar to this offer, users who make a recharge of INR 499 or more will get additional data of 10 GB. The INR 499 scheme already has a total data of 56 GB with a validity of 28 days and daily data usage cap of 2 GB.

Other benefits under the schemes like unlimited national and local calls, free text messages, and no roaming charges will be the same.

Reliance Jio’s announcements

At a press conference held on 21st February 2017, Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Mukesh Ambani announced that Reliance Jio crossed the mark of 100 million customers in just 170 days of its launch.

He said that Jio will closely monitor and match the best-selling tariff plans of its competitors and offer 20 percent additional data over those plans.

The company will begin charging for its data service from 1st April 2017 but continue to offer free voice calls and national roaming.

According to Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Jio will offer services worth INR 10,000 to its customers at ‘a rock-bottom introductory price’. The company has also promised to introduce more attractive offers for its Prime members.

Users may enroll for the Jio Prime Membership by 31st March 2017. The subscription for Jio Prime Membership costs INR 99 and will be valid from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018.

Summary

Reliance Jio’s average mobile data speed increased by twice during January end. In its new announcement, Jio promised to offer additional 5 GB data over the INR 303 monthly plan to its Prime members.