All You Need to Know about the New JioPhone

Reliance Jio recently launched a new feature phone on 21st July 2017. This phone is expected to cause a huge disruption in the country.

Disrupter in the telecom and feature phone markets

Jio has been known as a disrupter in the telecom market. It started with free offers, discounts, and competitive tariffs that made 4G Internet affordable in the country.

Now, its JioPhone may disrupt the feature phone market as it is expected to bring over 500 million feature phone users to Jio. The phone has effectively priced as free. Reliance Jio Chairman Mukesh Ambani revealed that the buyers of JioPhone will have to pay a deposit of INR 1,500 and this amount will be refundable. The phone is also packed with a number of smartphone-like features.

Features of JioPhone

Here are some of the features of JioPhone:

  • VoLTE

With the JioPhone, you may make high-definition (HD) voice calls. While most feature phones support only 2G networks, the JioPhone is the first feature phone to support 4G LTE and VoLTE. The VoLTE support in this phone lets you make voice calls using data packets.

  • Jio Apps

You will be able to access the Jio app suite with this phone. You may chat with friends and family using the JioChat app, which is an instant messaging app. The phone also supports music and video apps that let you access and play online videos and music. This is a huge addition in comparison to other feature phones.

  • Voice Commands

The phone supports voice commands. It lets you make calls, send text messages, and ask for audio and video playbacks via the Jio apps, through your voice.

  • Near Field Communication (NFC)

JioPhones are soon going to roll out a new feature in which you will be able to make online transactions via your bank account, Jan Dhan account, and the Jio money app.

  • Distress feature

JioPhone’s distress call feature may be activated by long pressing number 5 on the phone’s alphanumeric keypad. After this, the phone will send a distress message to selected contacts.

  • Screen Mirroring

JioPhone will come with a product known as a TV cable. This cable will connect the JioPhone to any TV set like LCDs, smart TVs, and CRTs. Through this, you will be able to mirror online videos running on your phone on the TV screen. This feature will work only if the user recharges with the INR 309 Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan plan.

Specifications of JioPhone

JioPhone has a 2.4-inch QVGA screen. It has an alphanumeric keypad and four-way navigation key. The phone has an FM radio, torch light, microSD card slot, and a camera. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 processor.

About Reliance Jio

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is the telecom arm of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). The company was launched in September 2016 and has since then seen rapid growth.

Summary

Reliance Jio has released a new feature phone called JioPhone. It has smartphone-like features and is expected to disrupt the feature phone market.

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