For several days now we are hearing about a cheap Rs 1000 Jio phone that is supposed to hit the market soon. It is said that this phone is not a smartphone but a feature phone. Now, there seems to be an image of such a phone floating on the web. Technology blog Fonearena says that this is Jio’s upcoming cheap phone and that it will cost Rs 1,299.
The phone doesn’t seem to have touch screen. It looks similar to a regular Nokia’s feature phone. There is a D-Pad in middle similar to most of the feature phones in India. The keypad starts with shortcuts keys for MyJio, Jio Live TV, Jio video and Jio Music placed just below the display. The phone comes with T9 keypad and also has a dedicated button for torchlight.According to the previous reports, Jio is working on a new category of phones which could help it tap the rural and tier-III markets for its mobile business and network. These phones will be feature phones but will support 4G connectivity, complete with the VoLTE feature that will help users make calls using the cellular network.
Reportedly, Jio could launch these VoLTE enabled phones with a price starting as low as Rs 999. According to an ET report, Reliance is working on two feature phones priced at about Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500 which are likely to hit the market by March this year.
At present, the cheapest 4G enabled smartphone in India costs around Rs 2500. Lava, Intex, ZTE, and Samsung are few of the companies that are selling such cheap smartphones in the country today. Reliance also has LYF division that sells 4G-enabled VoLTE smartphones with price starting at Rs 3.000. These phones were first launched in January 2016 with an aim to have more and more people access the Jio’s 4G SIM and services.