(Note from my side – It could be a old news for some, but definitely worth sharing since it was not shared on DD)
If you remember, 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 it looks like Reliance is on track.
According to Credit Suisse, a financial services giant, Reliance is preparing for a soft launch of its superfast 4G services in India in a week or two. The only caveat is that this is a beta expansion and only select few users will be able to get their hands on Jio sim cards as well as Mi-Fi hotspot devices.
The reports said, “Our visits to Reliance Digital stores in Mumbai revealed the stores are preparing for a possible soft launch of Jio’s 4G connections soon.” They also revealed that store staff is getting trainings on the product launch and features.
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 Mi-Fi devices. The machines will be able to scan the Identity Documents(IDs) and immediately finalize all formalities.
Pricing of sim cards and Mi-Fi devices
The prices of sim cards to be offered to customers have not been revealed yet but it seems they will be slightly more expensive than what are being offered to its employees. 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!
It is not clear whether these are promotional launch prices or whether the prices will change later. It has also not been confirmed if data packs and calling features would be active once the grace period ends.
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.
Reliance Jio is very much ready to disrupt the 4G scene in India, currently dominated by Airtel and Vodafone. Users in Reliance circles have been waiting eagerly for the launch and it is so close to being reality now. 4G tests have shown satisfactory results and speeds in real-life scenarios should also be at par with these.