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Reliance Jio launches its first-ever 4G feature phone at 'Zero Cost'
Reliance Jio on Friday announced the launch of its first-ever 4G feature phone, named as JioPhone. The handset termed as "India ka smartphone" by Reliance Jio has been unveiled at an effective price of Rs. 0, though buyers will have to deposit Rs 1500 as a fee which will be refundable after three years on returning the phone.

This condition will make the handset free for buyers as the phone will be available at an effective price of rupees zero.

"Today, I am delighted to announce that JioPhone will be available to all Indians for an effective price of - Rs 0," said Mukesh Ambani while announcing the launch of JioPhone.

He further added, "A JioPhone user can use the JioPhone for 36 months, and can get a full refund of the security deposit of Rs 1,500 by returning the used JioPhone. Net-net, you pay nothing for the JioPhone."

He also said that voice calling will always be free for JioPhone customers.

"JioPhone will make the 2G feature phone obsolete," Ambani claimed, adding that the company is looking to bring 5 million phones to the market within a week.

The phone was launched in Mumbai at the 40th AGM meet of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). During the occasion, the phone's features were presented by RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani's twin children, Akash and Isha.


While announcing the launch of the phone, Isha Ambani told, "It is made in India by the young Indian."

The phone's features include calls and text messaging on voice command, Internet surfing and cable to connect the device to TV to view content, including videos.

The feature phone comes preloaded with all Jio applications like Jio Cinema, Jio Music etc.

The Jio feature phone users can avail the 'Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan' offer at just Rs 153 per month, which shall include unlimited data along with free voice calls and SMS facility.

JioPhone will be available for beta testing from 15th August, while pre-bookings will start from 24th August and physically the handset will be available from September this year for users.

Meanwhile, the company also launched a device called Jio phone Cable TV that connects JioPhone with any TV.

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