Reliance Jio leads feature phone market in India in Q1 2019

Jio launched its feature phone, JioPhone in June 2017 in India. The phone sported a candy bar design, came with support for 4G VoLTE and had support for 22 Indian languages.  The successor to the JioPhone i.e., JioPhone 2 with QWERTY keyboard was launched in July 2018. Jio saw great sales of both the smartphones and today, new reports have emerged that Jio becomes the leader in the feature phone market.

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Over 300 million smart feature phones expected to be sold across the world by the end of 2021 creating US$28 billion revenue

According to Counterpoint Research, over the next three years, nearly 370 million smart feature phones are expected to be sold across the world. This will not only introduce users to customer base to high-speed internet, apps, and services and will also open a new host of business and revenue opportunities for the entire mobile value chain. Continue reading “Over 300 million smart feature phones expected to be sold across the world by the end of 2021 creating US$28 billion revenue”

Reliance Jio now has over 215 millions users, more than 25 million JioPhone users

Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries at the company’s 41st annual AGM announced that Reliance Jio has crossed 215 million customers in 22 months of launch, compared to 125 million in July last year. Earlier this year when announcing the financial results, the company said that it had over 186 million customers.

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Smartphone shipments up 11% YoY in Q1 2018 in India, Xiaomi continues to lead with 30.3% share: IDC

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According to IDC, Indian smartphone shipments reached 30 million units in Q1 2018 and has seen a healthy 11% YoY growth, but it remained flat when compared to the previous quarter; Q4 2017. As expected Xiaomi retained the top position for the second quarter in a row.  Continue reading “Smartphone shipments up 11% YoY in Q1 2018 in India, Xiaomi continues to lead with 30.3% share: IDC”

JioPhone now available from Amazon India

Reliance Jio unveiled JioPhone, the company’s first VoLTE feature phone back in July and started pre-bookings in August, which went on sale from September through retail stores across the country. The company even stopped bookings for the phone due to huge response. Today the company has started selling the phone via Amazon.in at Rs. 1500, which will be refunded after 36 months. Continue reading “JioPhone now available from Amazon India”

JioPhone users finally get Facebook app

Reliance Jio unveiled JioPhone, the company’s first VoLTE feature phone back in July and started pre-bookings in August. It comes pre-loaded with JioTV, JioMusic and few other apps and recently got support for Google Assistant. Today the company has announced that Facebook app will be available for the phone through the app store starting from tomorrow, February 14th. Continue reading “JioPhone users finally get Facebook app”

Reliance Jio launches Rs. 49 pack with free voice calls, 28 days validity for JioPhone users

Reliance Jio unveiled JioPhone, the company’s first VoLTE feature phone back in July last year and started pre-bookings for the phone in August. It launched Rs. 153 plan exclusively for JioPhone users offering free voice calls and 500MB data per day with 28 days validity offering 14GB data. Earlier this month the company increased the data to 1GB per day offering 28GB data. Continue reading “Reliance Jio launches Rs. 49 pack with free voice calls, 28 days validity for JioPhone users”

Kai Technologies announces successful growth of KaiOS in India through JioPhone

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US-based Kai Technologies, a mobile operating system provider today announced its successful growth and presence in the Indian market through the JioPhone. KaiOS is already available in U.S. and Canada through partnerships with Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile since 2017. Continue reading “Kai Technologies announces successful growth of KaiOS in India through JioPhone”

Reliance Jio might stop JioPhone production to launch Android smartphone soon

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Reliance Jio’s VoLTE feature phone – JioPhone which was launched back in July went on sale in India in August. The JioPhone is powered by KaiOS, and now the production of the JioPhone has been kept on hold, according to a new report. It is heard that the company is in talks to bring out an Android-based phone.

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JioPhone Unboxing

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Reliance Jio unveiled JioPhone, the company’s first VoLTE feature phone back in July and started pre-bookings in August. The company started delivering the pre-ordered units for customers from last week. The phone comes with a new Jio SIM card and has Dhan Dhana Dhan Rs. 153 plan that offers unlimited voice and data. We have unboxed the phone in both English and Hindi. Check out the videos below.

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JioPhone will attract penalty charges if returned before 36 months

Reliance introduced its first VoLTE feature phone, the JioPhone at its 40th annual general body meeting. The company had announced that the JioPhone is effectively free, but to avoid misuse, Reliance was collecting INR 1500 as a security deposit.

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The deal offered the JioPhone user to use his phone for 36 months and be eligible to get a full refund of the security deposit by returning the used JioPhone. Reliance has now published a detailed terms and conditions of JioPhone usage, which reveals some of the asterisks of the free claim. Continue reading “JioPhone will attract penalty charges if returned before 36 months”

How to pre-book JioPhone [Updated]

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Reliance Jio unveiled its JioPhone at the  40th AGM last month, and the company said that pre-booking for the phone will start on August 24th. As promised today the company has announced that the phone will be available for pre-booking through MyJio app and jio.com online as well as Jio retailers and multi-brand device retailers including the Reliance Digital stores network offline at 5:30PM tomorrow.

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JioPhone specifications detailed – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, 2000mAh battery and more

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Reliance Jio unveiled JioPhone, the company’s first VoLTE feature phone last month. It will start pre-bookings for the phone from 5:30PM today. At the launch it revealed some of the specifications such as 2.4-inch QVGA screen,microSD slot, torch light, FM Radio, support for 22 major Indian languages and voice commands to call someone, reject a call, browse internet, open apps and more.  It already confirmed NFC support, and said that tap-and-pay payments through UPI, credit and debit cards will be enabled through software update. Continue reading “JioPhone specifications detailed — Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, 2000mAh battery and more”

Reliance JioPhone tipped to run special version of WhatsApp

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Reliance Jio is in talks with WhatsApp to create a special version of the popular messaging app for newly launched JioPhone, according to a latest report from Factor Daily. Both the companies are planning to introduce a toned-down version of WhatsApp on the feature phone.

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JioPhone is powered by Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform

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Reliance Jio unveiled its first 4G VoLTE feature phone – JioPhone yesterday. The company revealed some of the features of the phone, but it did not confirm complete specifications at the event or on its site. Today Qualcomm India confirmed that the phone is powered by its latest 205 Mobile Platform which is a 1.1GHz Dual Core SoC with integrated X5 LTE Global Mode modem for VoLTE and multimode dual SIM. The Lava 4G Connect M1, which was the launched as the first VoLTE feature phone is powered by a Quad-core Spreadtrum SP9820A Processor.

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