Reliance Jio is set to roll out its full-fledged 4G services in India on September 5th. This means that Jio services will be open to all smartphone brands, which were not under its umbrella earlier. Though Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) opened its 4G service to most brands like Samsung, LG, HTC, Asus, Lava, Micromax etc; there still were a few left out. This includes iPhone, Xiaomi, Motorola and Lenovo. Now, any user with a 4G-enabled handset is eligible for Jio SIM card. News agency PTI cited sources and said, “The SIMs will be available at nearly two lakh stores across the country, including locations where SIMs from other vendors are also sold.” The SIM cards were only available at Reliance Digital Store o Digital Xpress Mini stores.
Reliance Jio SIM card comes with the Preview offer which gives users an access to free unlimited 4G data for the first three months. Users will, however, have to pay for Jio services from January 1, 2017. RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani called this the ‘welcome offer’ that starts September 5.
Jio prepaid 4G plans starts as low as Rs 19 and goes way up to Rs 4,999. And the postpaid plans starts with a base Rs 149.
Reliance Jio 4G services come bundled with several benefits for its users including cheap 4G data prices. Most of the Reliance Jio 4G plans gives come with free SMSes and free WiFi data. Then there’s voice calls, which is now free for life for Reliance Jio customers. Also, the Reliance Jio’s wide suite of Jio apps offers access to on-demand music, video, chat to name a few.
RIL has made it very clear: free voice calls (both local and STD) and no roaming charges within India. Ambani, on September 1 announced the company will make voice calls free for all its customers for life. Users will not need to pay for roaming (within India) either. The Jio 4G data plans include free SMSes as well. There’s free 100 SMSes per month for certain plans and free 100 SMSes per day for others.
Reliance Jio tariff plans start at Rs 19 for prepaid and at Rs 149 for postpaid users. Reliance Jio postpaid plan starts at Rs 149 for 300MB (1 month validity) and access to 100 free SMSes. There are 7 more plans, all of which come with a validity of 28 days and offer 100 free SMSes per day.
The 4GB data plan at Rs 499 and gives users an access to 8GB of free WiFi data. There’s 10GB plan at Rs 999, which also comes with 20GB free WiFi data. The 20GB plan is priced at Rs 1,499. It comes with 40GB free WiFi data.
Up next is 35GB plan, which costs Rs 2,499 and gives users an access to 70GB free WiFi data. The 60GB and 75GB 4G data plans are priced at Rs 3,999 and Rs 4,999 respectively. These come with 120GB and 150GB of free WiFi data respectively. Additionally, the 20GB, 35GB, 60GB and 75GB data plans come with 30, 50, 80 and 100 free ISD minutes.
Reliance Jio prepaid has 10 data plans ranging from XXS to XXXL. The XXS plan gives users an access to 0.1GB data and 100 SMSes. There’s 4GB plan, 10GB, 20GB, 35GB and 60GB. The biggest (XXXL) plan comes at Rs 4,999 and gives users access to 75GB of data. The company’s S plan costs Rs 149 and comes with 0.3GB of data and 28 days validity. The M plan is priced at Rs 499 for 4GB data and another M plan at Rs 999 for 10GB data. Reliance Jio’s L and XL plans are priced at Rs 1,499 and Rs 2,499. These gives users an access to 20GB and 35GB data respectively. The XXL and XXXL plan offer 60GB and 75GB data at Rs 3,999 and Rs 4,999 respectively.
Reliance Jio 4G comes with free unlimited access to Jio apps, which includes JioPlay, JioOnDemand, JioBeats, JioMags, JioXpressNews, JioDrive, JioSecurity and JioMoney.
Those who wish to use Reliance Jio 4G services but do not have a smartphone which supports 4G VoLTE, there’s another way. Reliance JioFi is a hotspot device that connects up to 10 2G/3G devices and one more through USB. The JioFi device is now cheaper by Rs 900 and is available for Rs 1,999 from the company’s website.