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Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE feature phones to be sourced from Chinese manufacturers

Reliance Jio is currently looking to source 4G VoLTE feature phones from manufacturers in China

By: Tech Desk | Updated: May 2, 2017 10:39 am
Reliance Jio, Jio Feature phone, Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone, Reliance Jio Feature phone, Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone price, Jio 4G feature phone sale, Jio offer, Jio plans Reliance Jio is currently looking to source 4G VoLTE feature phones from manufacturers in China.

Reliance Jio is supposed to be working on 4G VoLTE feature phones, and various leaks have taken place around these devices in the past. Now a new report in the Financial Express has said the company is currently looking to source these phones from manufacturers in China.

The Financial Express report says Reliance Jio is in talks with companies like “Techchain, FortuneShip and Uniscope,” although it adds these talks are all in a very early stage. The report quotes sources, though Jio has not officially commented on the same. According to the report, Jio is looking at some samples from these Chinese players, and only once these are “tested and verified” will the company place any final commercial order.

For Reliance Jio, a 4G VoLTE feature phone could be a game changer. Unlike other players like Airtel or Vodafone or Idea, Jio is an entirely 4G VoLTE network, this means even calls are conducted over the VoLTE network, rather than the traditional networks. So while smartphone users can easily join the Jio network, a large number of feature phone users in India are still not on the company’s network.

Jio, which has already crossed 100 million subscribers, has ambitions to be India’s biggest network, and thus it makes sense for the company to launch feature phones, which will bring in more of these users. While India has seen a jump in the number of smartphones sold, feature phones still outsell the more expensive smartphones.

However, it should be remembered that a 4G VoLTE feature phone will be a limited offering for customers. It might come loaded with Jio’s own apps, and could allow for VoLTE calling, but overall it will still restrict the app and internet experience that most smartphone users enjoy.

Earlier reports have claimed Jio’s 4G VoLTE smartphone will be priced under Rs 2000, some even claim it will cost as little as Rs 1,500. Currently the only 4G VoLTE feature phone in the market is Lava 4G Connect M1, which was launched in February and is priced at Rs 3,333.

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    Uma Maheshwar
    Aug 22, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    1. N
      Aug 21, 2017 at 3:44 am
      Please don't Made In China products. BJPS's make in Indian policy won't affect BJP Party funders like Ambani Jio phones, he will get any permission to import from China or any where and anything, he is one of main party funders of BJP, and also he knew demonitarisation news in advance too. Any thing can happen in India if you have money or power. Ambani just want to make money, he can't make pride and good name for his own or for his company, he never pays proper taxes, but paying BJP party funds or some other ruling party funds, his father use to work in S Petrol Station in Yaman, how come how come he become richest man in India, any ideas please? whats the diference between Ambani and underworld? Ambani b for personal and selfish income rather than earning respect to do some thing to the country and people in proper way.
      1. R
        Jul 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm
        No to Rel Jio if Chinese companies involved directly or indirectly
        1. Y
          May 3, 2017 at 8:52 am
          What happened to Modi's friend,he is collecting all money from us as services and sending to China, what happened to "Make In India". I thought there were big factories in India to make cellphones
          1. S
            May 2, 2017 at 1:57 pm
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