After disrupting the market with its lucrative data plans, newbie telecom operator Reliance Jio introduced its 4G enabled VoLTE feature phone in July this year. And now the device is finally available for beta testing, which will commence on August 15, 2017. However, it remains unclear if the Jio Phone will be handed out to Jio employees and their families for testing or to regular customers on a first-come-first serve basis.

Beta testing of the device is particularly important as it helps the company to know how the device will work in real time conditions and if the software or the hardware needs to be updated. It will not only give the company a chance to study the factors that can go wrong but also help the company a chance to determine if the existing features need to be fine tuned.

Jio Phone pre-booking
Reliance Jio’s Jio Phone can be pre-booked via both online and offline channels starting August 24, 2017. Reports suggest that some retailers have already started taking the pre-orders for Jio Phone, which will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Jio Phone

Jio Phone

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To pre-book Jio Phone, interested customers will have to visit Jio.com and click on ‘Keep Me Posted’ option on the Jio Phone banner. From there, the users will be directed to a page where they will be asked to enter details like name, address and their phone numbers. The link is likely to go live on August 24. And if you get lucky, you will be one of lucky ones to get their hands on the Jio Phone early.

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Features
The device comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 processor and runs on KaiOS. It supports 22 Indian languages. The phone features FM Radio and it is likely to get NFC connectivity later this year. Jio Phone comes with a proprietary cable that lets users connect their Jio Phones to their TV.

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Price
Jio Phone comes with an ‘effective price’ of Rs 0. This doesn’t mean that the phone will be free of cost. The users will have to make a security deposit of Rs 1,500 at the time of purchase. This will be fully refunded after a period of 3 years.

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