The Jio Phone has been one of the most anticipated product launches in India this year. First announced at Reliance’s Annual General Meeting earlier this year, it is a 4G and VoLTE enabled feature phone, but the main reason for the frenzy around it is that it is effectively free – the hardware, at least. Buyers will need to pay Rs. 1,500 as a security deposit, but that’s refundable after three years if you return the phone and meet all the terms and conditions. Reliance started accepting pre-bookings for the smartphone in August with deliveries promised to begin in September.
Categorising the Jio Phone isn’t as easy as it might seem. It looks and feels like a basic feature phone but has a few smart capabilities that make it stand out. With Jio’s entire lineup of apps supported, you can play movies and songs on the go. Plus, the tariff plan includes enough free data for people to actually make use of these capabilities. While this all sounds impressive, what is it like to actually live with the Jio Phone? We tell you all about it.