Airtel launches VoLTE in Mumbai to combat Jio

Abhay Savargoankar, Director of Bharati Airtel said,”This is a significant milestone in Airtel’s network transformation journey under Project Leap. Airtel has built a world-class 4G network across Indian and with the VoLTE compatible device ecosystem beginning to mature, we believe it’s the right time to enable VoLTE calling as part of our service portfolio.”

He also added,”Over the next few months, we will rapidly accelerate the deployment of VoLTE to cover all key geographies to bring HD quality to our customers. We keenly look forward to our device partners Airtel VoLTE on their smartphones.”

Earlier: Reliance Jio crossed 13 crore users in one year of operation

Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries Chairman (in an open) said to his employees,”In this past one year, we have broken several records, both in India and globally. But what gives me the biggest personal satisfaction is to have broken the myth that India is not ready to adopt advanced technology. Together we have created the largest end-to-end 4G technology and the way it is being used has become the case study for quantum technology leaps. With the launch of Jio services, the cost of 1GB mobile data has come down to less than Rs. 10 from around Rs. 250 priced earlier by other companies.”

He also said,”Together we have created the largest end-to-end all IP 4G network in the work. India has adopted Jio as its own. This is also reflected in the gigantic spurt in data consumption and customer numbers on our own network.”

JioPhone is a featured phone from Reliance which has 4G net connectivity. This isn’t a new news I’m sure. When you tried booking this phone, you couldn’t (neither could I). But this is also not new. What’s new?

Even with most of my friends missing out the registration because of a technical fault in the site, JioPhone has helped Reliance make an unbelievable record. On 24th August when the entire India was trying to book the phone, 6 million Indian could actually book the phone!

What’s even more interesting is, almost 10million people have expressed interest for JioPhone. This list definitely contains me. These phones will be delivered during Navratri.

JioPhone was technically a free phone cause you had to deposit Rs. 1500 for 3 years for buying it and it was refundable after 3 years. However, according to recent rumors, you are entitled to receive a part of the refund if you return it before 3 years.

JioPhone was announced by Jio on Friday at their 40th Annual General Meeting. The phone is quite revolutionary not because it is free, but because it upgrades a normal 2G user to 4G user.

You only have to deposit Rs. 1500 as a security deposit (refundable after 3 years) and get the phone for free. The phone will be available for pre-booking from August 24th.

In order to make a Digital India, Reliance Jio is tieing up with domestic smartphone brands to push forward the initiative of Make in India. The brands we are talking about are Intex and Micromax.

Reliance has approached Intex and Micromax for making 4G feature phones. The company will make another announcement in the next quarter where they will make their official statement of this. Reliance is focussing on negotiations for JioPhone so that there is not much change in pricing but the quality remains the same.

As for the JioPhone, the phone is apparently free. You are entitled unlimited voice and data on a monthly basis with a recharge of Rs. 153 only.

This surely puts the other telecom operates at a huge loss. Most people are rejoicing for this unbelievable offer.

At the Annual General Meeting, Ambani said, “Today, Jio is going to reinvent the conventional feature phone. With a revolutionary device, an unmatched Indian innovation, Made in India, by young Indians, and for all Indians let me introduce India ka Intelligent smartphone – JioPhone.”

The JioPhone comes with 2.4-inch screen, 512MB RAM, 4GB memory and will bring to you most of Jio’s services. Instead of Rs. 153, if you go for Rs. 309 plan, you can also avail connectivity and transmission to cable TV.

The device will be made available from 15th August. Reliance also plans to target making 50lakh JioPhones every week.


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