Jio Phone Rumours: Reliance Jio Says Still ‘Committed’ to Feature Phone

Shooting down the various reports that surfaced online regarding the Reliance Jio Phone which stated that the company is ow mo more interested in producing the much-hyped Jio Phone, in a recent statement has confirmed that Reliance is still committed to the cheapest 4G feature phone which was announced at the Reliance AGM in July. According to some statistics, Reliance got a record-breaking 6 million pre-bookings for the Jio Phone and the company is looking forward to executing its master business plan for the Reliance Jio Phone.

In a recent statement released by a Reliance spokesperson, Reliance made it clear that the Jio Phone is fully committed to promoting the country’s digital vision. With over 6 million units already booked for the device, the company is further looking forward to announcing the next Jio Phone booking date very soon.

According to some reports that now come out to be rumors, the company has halted the development of the Jio Phone as it concentrates on exploring the Android platform to provide the users on the platform. The Reliance Jio Phone is based on the KIAos, which is a fork of the HTML-5 based Firefox OS.

Future plans to upgrade the Reliance Jio Phone

Taking in concern the various needs of its rural consumers, Jio is working on bringing more apps to the Reliance Jio Phone app store which included travel booking app to book bus tickets and entertainment apps. There are reports that the company is also in talks to bring social media giants app like Facebook and Whatsapp to the store of the Jio Phone.

With the sole target being the consumers who are yet to change from feature phone to smartphone, the company is aiming to sell at least 100-200 million units of the Reliance Jio Phone in the course of two years. With the main highlight to be the access to 4G internet and the effective “zero pricing”, though at the time of purchase the user has to pay Rs. 1500.

It is alleged that the rollout of the Reliance Jio Phone has been very slow, enabling very fewer users having a hands-on experience on the device. The delivery for the product also has been very slow as well, with consumers from the urban areas getting their units in late October after bookings made in April.


Tanish Agarwal

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