Thursday, 1 September 2016

Reliance Jio : Here's All You Need To Know

At Reliance AGM, Mukesh Ambani finally broke the silence on the tariffs for Reliance Jio. The company will not be charging for voice calls at all, and it will charge a tenth of what its competitors are charging for 4G data, Ambani said - it was announced that Jio will charge only 5 paise per MB, or Rs. 50 per GB. What's more, the greater the usage, the lower the cost will be, and the rates could go down to Rs. 25 per GB.

At the AGM, Ambani also announced that Jio services will become available from Monday, September 5, absolutely free for everyone for a month, as part of the 'Jio welcome offer', so everyone can try Jio's services at absolutely no charge.

"Pay for only one service - either voice or data, not both," he said. "World over, operators charge only for data, voice and messaging are essentially free. All voice calls for Jio customers will be absolutely free."

The Jio 4G tariffs start at Rs. 149 for 28 days, for 300MB. For Rs. 499 per month you get a big step up, to 4GB of 4G data, plus unlimited 4G at night, for 28 days. You'll also get 8GB of access from Reliance Jio's upcoming network of Wi-Fi hotspots, further increasing the amount of data you can use. For Rs. 999, that goes up to 10GB of 4G data, and 20GB of Wi-Fi usage, plus unlimited usage at night. Further plans are for Rs. 1,499 for 20GB, Rs. 2,499 for 35GB, and Rs. 3,999 for 60GB of 4G data, and twice as much Wi-Fi usage respectively. The most expensive plan is for Rs. 4,999 for 75GB of 4G usage plus unlimited 4G usage at night, and 150GB of Wi-Fi data.

There will also be no roaming charges, across India, to any network, it was announced. "Put an end to all voice call charges for all voice calls that are domestic," Ambani said. This applies to calls to other networks as well, not just calls within the network.

Ambani said. "Our data plans go even further with an effective rate of 5p/MB or Rs. 50/ GB." Students will get 25 percent extra data on the tariffs, if they show a valid ID when signing up for Jio.

Apart from the data rates, Ambani also announced that the full suite of Jio apps - for streaming movies, music, and live television - will be completely free for all users until December 2017.

Here is how the different tariff looks like :

Jio’s 4G network covers 18,000 cities and towns, and over 2 lakh villages. By March 2017 it will cover 90% of India’s population. It will also remove Blackout Days and offer transparent bills.

Jio sign-up will be made 100% digital using an Aadhaar based eKYC process. This is rolling out starting with Mumbai and Delhi and will be expanded to top 8 cities of India where there is more demand. Over the next 4 to 6 weeks it will expand to all stores across India. This will allow customers carrying an Aadhaar card walk into a Jio store and get a
working connection within 15 minutes.


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