Monday, 31 July 2017

Reliance JioPhone effect: Idea plans to launch Rs. 2,500 feature phone

Earlier this month, Reliance Jio introduced JioPhone, a 4G VoLTE enabled feature phone. And now it seems that Idea Cellular is also coming out with a similar handset.

According to a report from PTI, Idea Cellular is working on a 4G feature phone to compete against the JioPhone. The teleco is said to be working with other handset companies to launch 4G supported feature phone.

The handset will reportedly have dual-SIM slots, and will give users the choice of dual-SIM, selection of 2G and 4G networks, and will also allow which operator's network to choose. Users will also be able to access application of their choice such as Google, Facebook and WhatsApp. These features are missing in JioPhone.

For reference, Jio Phone costs Rs. 1,500, that's refundable after three years, and the usage is limited to Jio's network, and dosen't support dual-SIMs, and WhatsApp.

The report adds that Idea Cellular's 4G enable feature phone will be priced around Rs. 2,500. The teleco will also do extensive market research on the number of feature that can be excluded to make it more affordable. A launch date is still unknown.

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