Finally, we got our hands on a Reliance Jio SIM thanks to a helpful, and really lucky, colleague. I have been dying to use the service, just to figure out how fast the 4G speeds are on what is supposed to be a gamechanger for the Indian market.
I started with a speed test while at home in East Delhi and the speeds were in the range of 14Mbps for download and 6.90Mbps for uploads. This was double of what I was getting on my 4G mobile network. I downloaded Asphalt 8, which is about 75MB, in about 30 seconds.
At office, I noticed that the speeds varied from 8Mbps to 22Mpbs. While the 8Mbps is not that impressive, it was again double of what my 4G network was giving in the same spot. Yes, there are locations in my office where the signal gets weak.
While shooting the video of the speedtest we hit the best speeds of 22Mbps — the location being closer to the main road and the room had glass windows on one side. I tried to download another game, about 86MB and it sped to 95 per cent in under a minute, but then decided to get stuck. But it was still way faster than the competition.
The implications of these speeds, along with whatever would be their tariff plan, could have a big impact on the market when the company decides to really open up.
For now, it is hard to get a SIM and the service is restricted to those who buy a phone. That I think might be a bit of hardsell. But if the SIMs started selling freely, then we are in for an unprecedented price war.