Reliance’s JioFi device, which is a portable WiFi hotspot that comes with the Jio 4G preview offer free, is now open to all. Initially it was reported the JioFi 2 device could only be bought by customers who had purchased an HP laptop or PC, but the offer is now live on the Reliance Jio website.
The JioFi device costs Rs 2,899, and is powered by the Jio 4G Internet services. And just like the Lyf branded smartphones, this one also comes with the 90-day free Jio preview offer, which gives unlimited access to voice-calling, video-calling and 4G Internet. This is a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, and can connect to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices and one on USB, says the company.
For those who don’t want to buy a Lyf smartphone, but still want to try the Jio 4G internet services, the JioFi device is an option to consider. In terms of specifications, the JioFi device has a battery capacity of 2300mAh, and supports LTE bands 2300/1800/850MHz and for WLAN: IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4G.
The device has a micro-USB port, and there’s a mini-SIM card interface as well as a microSD card slot. Dimensions of the JioFi device are: 85 x 55 x 16 mm. Users who buy the JioFi device can also try out HD voice and video calls via JioJoin app on their regular smartphone, says the company. Reliance is promising a battery life of 6 hours with this JioFi device.
So how can you get this JioFi device? Like with the Lyf phones and Jio 4G SIM, this is available at Reliance Digital or Digital Xpress Mini Store. Interested users need to carry their address and identity proof, and passport size photos to the store.
The JioFi devices gets tele-verified five days after a user purchases it. Note the the Jio Preview Offer is only on this device. Once the offer period of 90 days is over, the Jio commercial tariff plan shall be applicable.
Reliance Jio’s full scale commercial launch is still some months away and is expected to take place this year, but the company has been aggressively pushing out preview offers for customers. The JioFi device is another on the list, and given the kind of speeds Jio is showing, at least for now, this sounds like a good deal.
However Jio is also facing trouble from other telecos, who are accusing the company of running a full fledged service under the guise of beta-testing. Jio had dismissed these charges are false and malicious and claims other telecos are trying to thwart its launch. The company has asked TRAI to ensure that extra inter-connect points are provided by other players for Jio’s call services, but other telecos have refused this demand.