This news is about Reliance Jio’s 4G Preview offer.
Reliance Jio’s 4G Preview offer, which gives access to free 4G internet, VoLTE voice-calling, video-calling and SMS for 90 days, is now opening up to more and more smartphones, which includes Asus, TCL and Alcatel. While the offer was initially limited to LYF branded phones from the company, it was extended to Samsung and LG, followed by Panasonic, Micromax and YU smartphones.
Reliance Jio has confirmed the offer will extended to these brands, and so now a total of nine smartphone brands are supporting Reliance Jio Preview offer.
To recap, anyone who buys a 4G smartphone from these brands can go to the Reliance Digital Store/ Digital Xpress Mini Store, as well as select other smartphone retail stores across the country and get the SIM. According to the Reliance Jio offer website, “Modern Trade outlets and prominent multi-brand stores” with a Jio counter will also have the SIM available, although the company has not listed specific outlets.
Interested customers need to carry their proof of identity, proof of address, and passport size photos to get the SIM. Once the KYC documents are submitted and approved, they can get a Jio SIM at the time of buying their smartphone. After purchasing the SIM, you should get a message in sometime (maximum 48 hours) saying the number is ready to be tele-verified.
After that you need to dial 1977 from the Jio SIM, keep the documents you submitted ready and give out the last four numbers of the id card you submitted as proof. Once the tele-verification is done, a message should come saying the service is active and your free Jio service should start working.
Jio’s 4G-LTE services include unlimited HD Voice and video calls, unlimited SMS, unlimited High-Speed Data. It will also give users access to free Jio Premium apps such as JioPlay, JioOnDemand, JioBeats, JioMags, JioXpressNews, JioDrive, JioSecurity, and JioMoney. JioOnDemand offers access to movies, TV shows, live TV etc. JioBeats is for music.
The Jio Preview offer is also available with JioFi device, which is priced at Rs 2,899 and can be bought from the Reliance Digital/Digital Xpress Mini stores. The device can active as a WiFi hotspot for 10 phones.
Reliance Jio’s commercial services are expected to launch this year, and the company is still in its beta-testing phase, although it has opened up the testing to a lot more brands this last week. Reliance owns pan-India 4G spectrum, and is expected to revolutionise the data market in the country.
However, other telecom players have accused Jio of choking their networks under the garb of beta-testing and said the company is actually carrying out full-fledged services. They have complained to the Prime Minister’s Office seeking action against Reliance Jio. The latter has denied the charges, and said other players are trying to stop its launch.