Reliance Jio unveiled its JioPhone at the 40th AGM in July and the pre-bookings for the phone began August 24th at 5:30PM. Bookings for the phone crossed 3 million in a couple of hours after the bookings opened even though there were issues booking online and through MyJio app. In 24 hours bookings for the phone crossed 6 million through online and offline channels, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The company stopped bookings for the phone on August 25th and said that those who want to get the phone can register their interest to know when bookings open. It added 10 million interests for the Jiophone after the bookings were closed, said the source.
Bookings were halted temporarily so that customers are not inconvenienced and receive their JioPhones without delay. The company at the launch said that it expects to roll out 5 million or 50 lakh JioPhones a week. Deliveries of the JioPhones will commence, as planned during Navratri in September.
It collected Rs. 500 as pre-booking fee and the remaining Rs. 1000 towards security deposit needs to be paid at the time of delivery of the device. The amount is a one-time security deposit that will fully be refunded in when the user returns a phone after 36 months.