With the launch of the Reliance Jio 4G network expected to be still a few weeks away, the Jio 4G SIM card is now available to the public, in association with Samsung and Apple. The two smartphone giants have come together to offer free unlimited 4G data for 3 months for some of their models. A SIM with the network can only be obtained at Jio stores on flashing a phone that is part of the special offer.
However, aJio 4G SIM card may enable any smartphone with a 4G option to avail the network that promises to provide quality services at great value for money prices, althoughsome people who have attempted to do so, reported that in many of the unsupported models only the data feature works and notJio’sVOLTEfeature that is required for calls.
Jio’soffer comes at a time when consumers have long been disgruntled by overpriced networks offering low-quality services. Interestingly, Reliance’s move has sent competitors like Airtel and Idea scurrying to revise their data plans, slashing prices and promising to improve their data speed.
Reliance Industries Ltd is also expected to launch its Jio Infocomm 4G services around the country soon, except for in a few regions where it may take some time to launch the network. Reliance Industries has invested close to 20 Billion Dollars on what aspires to be India’s biggest 4G network. The Jio unit already has1.5 million users, including the group’s employees and others testing out the network.
Anshuman Thakur, head of strategy and planning at Reliance Jio, was reported to have commented on Friday about the overall readiness of the company for the launch, except for the four circles of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, for which the company received the last of the required approvals from the telecomdepartment, thereby resulting in a four to six week delay in those areas. For all other circles, however, Thakur says the network is ready to be launched commercially. He did not, however, mention a datefor the much-awaited launch that has been in the wings for nearlysix years.