Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, on the 1st of September, during its 42nd annual general meet announced some key features of the newly introduced Reliance JIO. Everyone was left amazed and stunned with the revelations. The brand promises to offer absolutely free of cost calling, zero roaming charges and data rates at just a fraction of the present average rates in the market.
Sounds unbelievable, right?
These are the features that R-Jio claims to offer once the four months welcome offer ends:
- The Jio SIM Card will be compatible with all handsets.
- An average Rs. 50 per GB of 4G data which can even go down to Rs. 25 for heavy internet users.
- Calls, be it local, national or international, will be absolutely free of cost.
- Unlimited 4G night data from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. without any additional charges.
- Prepaid plans start from 300 MB data for Rs. 149 for 28 days.
- For Rs. 499, it offers 4 GB of data valid through 28 days.
- Plans like 10 GB data for Rs. 999, 20GB for Rs. 1,499, 35GB for Rs. 2,499, and 60GB for Rs. 3,999 will also be available.
- There will be no roaming charges all across India.
- VolTE enabled devices starting from just Rs. 3000.
As the commercial selling of Jio SIMS near, operators like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have slashed down their plans and are offering plans at rates and offers better than ever before. But, will this continue after Jio comes open in the market?
The Flip side:
While some say that R-Jio is going to bring in another era in the telecommunications scenario in India, some believe free calls and low rates are not sustaining for long. Recently, about a week back, R-Jio suffered interconnectivity issues and 5 crore calls failed to reach to networks other than Jio. This resulted into a blame game and Mukesh Ambani accused these networks of not lending enough connectivity ports as a measure to hinder the R-Jio test run, while the other operators claim that it’s Jio’s effort to circumvent regulations. The whole incident raised the question of sustainability a bit higher.
As per telecom experts – In India, the 3G spectrum is still to evolve completely. In fact, 3G services are unable to generate the kind of revenue they should, disappointing the expectations of the operators and 4G is quite far from even this kind of expectation. And finally, that question that lies unanswered is if Jio will be able to offer uninterrupted services. As we all know from the history, Reliance has not been a very service-friendly company and it still has to earn the trust of the Indian mobile users.