On September 1, 2016, Mukesh Ambani unveiled Reliance Jio 4G, announcing that the services will start from September 5. The service will commercially launch on December 31. He said that with Jio, he plans to bring India among the top 10 countries with mobile-broadband Internet access. As of now, the country stands in the 115th position among 230 countries. Ambani also said that customers should not be put under disadvantage, they should pay only for voice or data (not both) and if it means this wave has to change the structure or the industry, then he is ready to do so.
No charge for voice calls – In a move that gives a huge blow to telecom players, Reliance Jio does not charge for voice calls. There won’t any charge for roaming calls.
Unlimited SMS – While the basic plans covers a limit of 100 SMSes, all other plans include unlimited SMSes. There won’t be any SMS blackout days, you won’t be charged for SMSes on holidays like Diwali, Christmas, New Year etc.
Simplified tariff plans – Mukesh Ambani said in his speech when he announced Reliance Jio, that the company has only 10 plans. He said that there are more than 22,000 telecom tariffs with price points starting from Rs 19 to Rs. 4,999. Reliance Jio only has 10 major plans.
Dirt cheap data plans – The existing charge for a data plan for 1 GB is Rs. 250. With Reliance Jio, the cost of 1 GB data plan comes to Rs. 67 to Rs. 100.
Special discount offer for students – Students who show valid proof, get 25 percent more data under the Reliance Jio 4G data plans.
Apps – The Jio apps which costs Rs. 15,000 is available to customers complimentary till December 31, 2017.
Simple activation – Customers can use the e-KYC enabled digital activations, at the store or even at their house. Once the e-KYC is done with the help of an Adhaar card, Reliance Jio is activated within 15 minutes.
4G LTE enabled handsets for low costs – The 4G LTE smartphones which offer high speed internet and video streaming are available at higher than average costs. Reliance has disrupted this field too with 4G LTE smartphones that cost Rs. 2999.
Reliance Jio-FI router – For people who do not want to purchase a 4g LTE smartphone, they can opt for Reliance Jio-Fi router for just Rs.1999. So even if you have any device with 2G or 3G connection, you can use this router to experience high speed internet at 4G speeds. By May 2017, there is a target to have 1 million wi-fi hotspots.
Huge network that can support 5G and 6G – Jio’s 4G network will encompass 2 lakh villages and 18000 cities. By March 2017, there are plans to cover 90 percent of India’s population. In Mukesh Ambani’s words, “It is future-ready and it can be easily upgraded to support even more data, as technologies advance to 5G, 6G and beyond.” With strong network, using VR devices can be a breeze.
Ultra High Speed Broadband with Fiber Optics
Reliance is on its way to float the FTTH (fiber to home) connection that will have up to 1 GB per second. It will commence in metropolitan cities, following which the benefit will extend to 100 cities.
International roaming and concierge services are bound to be cheaper. Mukesh Ambani plans to start Jio DigitalIndia Startup Fund to float digital entrepreneurship hubs in major cities. The Jio Platform will also work for Indian entrepreneurs to give wings to their digital ventures.