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.
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.