After conquering the mobile connectivity market, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio is eyeing the broadband network. Reliance Jio might finally introduce the low-cost fiber broadband network called JioFiber, by the end of March. The service was rumored to launch end of 2017 but that did not happen. New reports suggest that the company may officially roll out JioFiber next month.
Reliance Jio is reportedly testing JioFiber in 10 cities. On Twitter, Jiocare had previously confirmed that the service will be available in six cities, including Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Surat and Vadodara at the time of launch.
From earlier reports, JioFiber plans are said to start from Rs 500 for 600 GB data. While higher packages are said to start from Rs 2,000 per month for 1000 GB data at 100Mbps speed. The FTTSH-based JioFiber services will also come with bundled JioMedia share device, smart set-top box, routers and Power Line Communication (PLC) plugs. Alongside the high-speed internet service, JioFiber is also expected to give a major push to IoT (Internet of Things) in the country.
Recently, Reliance Jio joined hands with mobile wallet MobiKwik to sell the JioPhone on its platform. “We are proud to become the first mobile wallet to sell Jio phones in India. Users can book their phone in four easy steps and avail great benefits as well,” Bikram Bir Singh, Business Head at MobiKwik, said. With this move, MobiKwik became the first in the country to sell the phone on its platform.
How to order JioPhone on MobiKwik:
To book the JioPhone, MobiKwik customers have to select recharge icon from the homepage and select phone booking option under “recharge and bill payments” category.
Interested buyers can choose JioPhone and fill in the required details.
JioPhone aimed to offer a ‘digital life’ for almost 500 million feature phone users. The company announced the device during the Reliance AGM in July, last year.
In terms of specifications, the device features a 2.4-inch QWVGA display with a 240×320 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.2GHz Spreadtrum SPRD 9820A/QC8905 dual-core processor with Mali-400 GPU, paired with 512MB RAM. It includes an internal storage of 4GB which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.
The JioPhone comes equipped with a 2MP rear camera along with a 0.3MP front-facing camera. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi, FM Radio, GPS, USB 2.0 and NFC. It is backed up by a 2000mAh battery which is rated to deliver 12 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time.