Mumbai: Pre-booking for “India ka phone” aka JioPhone starts on Thursday at 5:30pm. Update: No, it seems that the pre-booking is starting from 6PM. Earlier Reliance said that it was 5pm but apparently the correct time is 5.30PM. This is when the pre-booking for the JioPhone will open on the Jio website, inside the MyJio app and at the authorised offline stores.
The JioPhone, which is effectively free but more on this later, was announced by Mukesh Ambani at the company’s 40th annual general meet held on July 21 in Mumbai.
Update: There seems to be great rush to the Jio website for the JioPhone and that has crashed the website. It is either not opening for most people or it is opening very slow. But even when it is opening, the link for JioPhone pre-booking is not working in most instances.
Worse, the situation is same with the MyJio app. That too is very very slow and is either not opening or crashing. Consumers can pre-book JioPhone through the website, MyJio app and from offline retailers associated with Jio.
As the JioPhone goes on pre-booking — and effectively on sale today — Jio is also answering a lot of questions that people have around the phone’s specification. The JioPhone specifications have been finally revealed along with its key features.
The launch event saw not only the announcement but also a demo of what the JioPhone could be like and what all features it will come with. We even saw Isha Ambani along with Akash Ambani and Kiran Thomas giving us a demo of how the JioPhone operates on voice commands for sending text messages, making calls and even for playing music. Isha Ambani also detailed about the features of the phone. Though the trio spoke a lot about the JioPhone, not all details were revealed. For example, the full specifications were not showed.
With the pre-bookings starting today, Jio has updated its official website and given us the final picture of the much-hyped JioPhone. First this first, and this is something we confirmed earlier as well, the JioPhone is going to be a single SIM phone. This is in contrary to all the previous rumours that predicted the JioPhone would come with dual SIM support. The phone comes with single nanoSIM slot.
The JioPhone sports a 2.4-inch QWVGA (240×320 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.2GHz Spreadtrum SPRD 9820A/QC8905 dual-core processor with Mali-400 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The spec sheet reveals that the phone runs on KAI OS. The device is backed by a 2000mAh removable battery which as per company claims offers 12 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time.
The phone comes with 4GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. In terms of optics, the JioPhone features a 2MP rear camera at the back and a VGA camera on the front.
Further the phone has an alphanumeric keypad with 4 way navigation keys, Torchlight, USB 2.0 support, WiFi, NFC, FM Radio, and Bluetooth. The JioPhone comes only in Black colour. The box will contain the handset, battery, SIM card, charger adaptor, warranty card and quick service guide.
As far as the specifications are concerned, there is nothing earth-shattering here. The JioPhone is a very inexpensive device and its hardware too shows the same. But then this is also a free phone, will offer free voice calls (with a cheap monthly plan) and offers some smartphone like features such as basic web browsing and access to apps like JioTV.
Now that the specs details are out of the way, the question comes “how to book the JioPhone”? The JioPhone pre-booking can be done both offline and online channels. To book online, you can either visit the company’s website Jio.com or download the MyJio app. The company has a dedicated page for the pre-booking which goes live today at 5:30pm.