Reliance is ready to take a fresh start with its Reliance Jio. Reliance had launched it 4G LTE services, Reliance Jio, back in December only to its employees, as well as some Android powered smartphones, LYF series. Promises were also made about full rollout of services to customers by April 2016 and yes they are now inching closer to commercially launching its 4G LTE services in India.
Reliance Digital stores which already sell VoLTE-ready LYF branded smartphones is now ready to start shipping Reliance Jio 4G SIMs and Mi-Fi dongles. Reliance Jio will be readily offer SIM cards before April 1 to those who buy LYF smartphones, but after April 1, one will receive the SIM card on the same day or later.
The updated infrastructure at Reliance Digital stores also indicated that the equipment have been placed in order to quickly enroll the customers and hand out Jio sim cards and Wi-Fi devices. The machines will be able to scan the Identity Documents(IDs) and immediately finalize all formalities.
The staff already have received stocks of Jio SIM cards, but they have not been informed when the sales is to start
For the soft launch, customers should be able to pick up a Jio SIM card for Rs 200, which should come with free data and voice valid for three months. According to reports, the sim cards will be available at a cost of Rs 200 and will offer humongous 75GB of 4G data and 4500 minutes of call time. And yes, it will some freebies as well!
Coming to Jio Mi-Fi, devices will come with data and VoLTE(Voice over LTE) priced at around Rs 700 – Rs 800. 40GB of data will be provided with three months validity along with recharge plans upto 200GB.
There’s also a low-cost voice plan for Rs 30-35, and a family plan that starts at Rs 37. The operator will also give options to add more data to their existing data packs.
Reliance Jio owns the pan-India license for its 4G services. The operator will be providing its services based on 2,300MHz band. Though reports suggest Reliance Jio’s 4G will also be based on much efficient 1,800 MHz band. So Any takers? Drop yours comment below!