Reliance-Jio

Reliance Jio is tying up with Samsung smartphones to extend its preview offer of 3 months of unlimited data and 4,500 minutes of voice calls, unlimited video calls and SMS, and preview access to Jio apps, reports Economic Times. Note that, Reliance Jio’s LYF smartphones are slowly acquiring market share in terms of shipments, and the company has been indirectly using this reach by bundling data and voice offers with its yet-to-be launched telecom services.

This is probably the first bundled offer with a third-party phone manufacturer, after Jio had opened its network to the public on an invite-only basis through its employees in May. At that time, the SIM cards worked only with LYF smartphones. MediaNama contacted Jio for a comment, we also mailed Samsung India for a comment, both comapnies have not reverted back on the development yet, we will update story once we hear from them.

MediaNama has however learnt from sources that Jio’s network is still at test phase even though it has been rolled out for employees and for public on invite-basis. All speculations regarding data and voice packs are unconfirmed and Jio will reveal those details once they launch commercially, added the source. However, in-house employees have an option to make monthly recharges.

A roundup of Jio services

On Jio apps:

The company has 11 different mobile apps for users, which seems more like a replacement for existing utility apps. They are: MyJio, JioChat, JioPlay, JioOnDemand, JioBeats, JioMaags, JioXpressNews, JioDrive, JioJoin, JiMoney, and JioSecurity.

For example, the JioDrive app allows users to backup data from phones to the cloud, while syncing those files available across all of a user’s connected devices, with an ability to share files with a pre-generated link. This is much like an alternative to Microsft’s One Drive app, or Google Drive. Similarly, JioChat is an alternative for WhatsApp, JioBeats looks to replace traditional music player apps, and JioSecurity a replacement for popular smartphone antivirus apps.

But there is a twist: Most of these app are available only to users with a Jio ID—just like Apple ID but think about it like an ID for Jio users. The ‘My Jio’ app assigns a unique “Jio ID” which allows a user to access Jio’s apps and check for other balance/validity related information.

On LYF Phones

Currently there are 16 different models of LYF smartphones since its launch in January and in the last month alone, there were 6 different launches.

Earth Model: The costliest ‘Earth’ model devices are prices above Rs 20,000 and the Earth 1 model launched in January sports a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. The Earth 2 model launched last month bets on low-light photography/smart camera functions with 13 MP full HD (1080p) capability; Earth 2 has almost the same specs as its predecessor.

Water Model: There are 7 different models under the ‘Water’ brand an all of them are priced in a mid-range between Rs 10,000-Rs 15,000. The most recent launch was Water 7 model last month which was price at Rs Rs 13,000; it sported a Snapdragon 615 Octa-core 1.5 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM

Wind Model: These models are priced between Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000 making it slightly cheaper comparatively. Currently, Jio has launched 4 different Wind models and their ‘selling point’ seems to be sleek designs, HD display, and more higher technical specifications for a slightly less price. Wind models sport a Qualcomm SnapDragon 410 chipset with 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The most recent addition to his range was Wind 1 model last month.

Flame Model: Phone models in the series are meant for users on a budget, costing anywhere between Rs 2,000 to Rs 6000. Currently, Jio has unveiled 6 different Flame models. The costliest Flame 1 model (Rs 4,99) sports a Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset with 1GB of RAM and quad-Core 1.1 GHz processor. Last month, Jio had launched 2 smartphones (Flame 5 and 6) under the Flame series.