Reliance Jio’s 4G is now open to all users, who can sign-up and get a SIM with free service until December 31, 2016. Jio is currently offering free unlimited data, voice and video-calling for all users who register for the service. However, the tariff plans come into play from January 1, 2017 and users will have the choice of going either with prepaid or postpaid plans, just like with any other telecom service.
Jio’s 4G plans for prepaid also come with some additional allotted data for use on the Jio WiFi internet hotspots. So in case a user runs out of data on their pack, they can use some more internet for free, but only via these Reliance Jio WiFi public hotspots and from the JioNet app. So how will the Jio WiFi be accessible to a user? The JioNet app is compulsory for this, and we break down how exactly this app will work.
The JioNet app is available for download on Google Play Store or App Store on iOS. On Android it supports devices running Android 4.0 and higher version, on iOS it is iOS 9 and above. Once you install it on iOS, the App asks you to install a specific JioNet WiFi profile in settings, this is similar to say how one installs a VPN profile in iOS. A user will have to go to settings and hit install profile on the link. The link opens up the first time you open JioNet app.
Once the profile has been installed, open the JioNet app, and it will ask you to log in via Jio Subscriber ID. The Jio ID is the one you’ve created to access the Jio series of premium apps like Jio Cinema, JioBeats, etc. Or if you don’t have a Jio ID, just type in your mobile number and ask for an OTP to be sent via SMS. This SMS will be sent to any mobile number, irrespective of your service provider. Enter the OTP, and then you’ll be able to access the service.
The app then shows the closest WiFi hotspots from Reliance Jio, and you can also search for these on the Map. For example, the closest WiFi hotspots for our office were in Sector 62, Noida, which actually quite far from our office.
Usage of JioWiFi is limited to one device at a time. If you log onto JioNet app via an iOS device, you can’t do the same on your laptop or Android phone with the same ID. JioNet can be used only on one device at a time, be it mobile or computer. And yes, there is a limited time and data quota on the JioNet service and if you exhaust this, you’ll need a recharge. This bit applies only to Jio customers. For others, you’ll need to verify the number again and get another OTP.
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Also if you disconnect from JioNet app, you’ll have to manually connect the app again, so that it automatically syncs with the WiFi closeby.
Reliance Jio has already indicated it plans to add more of these WiFi hotspots all across India, and these were tested during the 2016 IPL series, in stadiums in Delhi, Mumbai, etc. Reliance Jio’s services tariffs will start applying from January 1, 2017.