New Delhi: Ahead of the commercial launch of Reliance Jio’s 4G services expected next month, a revelation regarding the data tariffs likely to be offered by the company should send rivals in a tizzy.
As per the revelation, data charges consumers will have to pay for Jio’s 4G services will be eight times cheaper than the likes of Vodafone and Airtel.
The revelation by technology website BGR India claims that call and messaging rates are normal when compared to other networks. However, the data prices are about 8x times cheaper.
Reliance Jio will offer data for as low as 0.5 paisa per 10KB. So 1GB of data consumption would only cost you about Rs 500, while the figure would surpass the Rs 4,000 mark if you use the same amount of data through any other telecom operators. Tariff reports claim that Airtel and Vodafone both charge users 4p per 10KB.
Reliance Jio wants to leave a strong message for all its rivals; however the only problem to come its way is the network availability. Rivals Airtel, Vodafone, Idea have vast networks across the country, while Jio is still taking shape.
Recently, the company announced it has spent Rs 1.34 lakh crore towards capital expenditure for Jio, of the committed capex of Rs 1.5 lakh crore. Head of strategy and planning at Reliance Jio, Anshuman Thakur said in a report, "At Reliance Jio, we have built an entire ecosystem that will allow Indians to live the digital life to the fullest. This transformational ecosystem consists of broadband connectivity, devices and powerful applications and services which will be available to every consumer in India."
Apart from the partnership with Samung, Reliance Jio is also in talks with Apple and offer free Jio SIMs to iPhones, which includes the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE. The iPhones will be offered unlimited voice calls, SMS, data and entertainment services that includes live TV streaming, video on demand and music on demand, which would be free for three months.