In what are being called the cheapest data tariffs in the world, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani announced Reliance Jio plans starting at Rs 19. Anyone who has a Reliance sim will be able to avail the services from September 5. The highlight of all the announcements made during the annual general meeting on September 1 remain free voice calls and data as cheap as Rs 50 for 1 GB.
Reliance Jio made news on September 2 and not for the cheap plans they’re offering but putting out an advertisement featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was published in national dailies and drew a lot of flak on social media. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind kejriwal called the PM “Mr Reliance” and asked for an explanation on how could the Prime Minister of India ‘advertise’ for an Indian conglomerate. Many on social media asked if it was legal and proper to use Modi’s picture. Later, the Congress’ Ajay Maken also criticised the use of the image.
The two discussions have been dominating social media and while many are sharing their serious opinion on how Reliance Jio might help increase Internet penetration in the country, many are joking on imagining the predicament of other service providers like Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel, Idea etc.
The memes and jokes haven’t stopped coming in and believe us, they’re hilarious. From Ambani featuring in Game of Thrones to what would Reliance stores look like today, the memes will tell you all.
— The Quint (@TheQuint) September 1, 2016
— Smoking Skills (@SmokingSkills_) September 1, 2016
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) September 1, 2016
— MANJUL (@MANJULtoons) September 2, 2016
— Hitesh Bhatia (@hit3ch98) August 23, 2016
— Troll Cinema ( TC ) (@Troll_Cinema) August 23, 2016
— The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) September 1, 2016
One AAPtard going after another AAPtard after he came to know that the other one is using Reliance Jio. pic.twitter.com/mwjndhaGIf
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) September 2, 2016
Reliance Jio and Rest of the Telecom networks love story explained. pic.twitter.com/t7xBDLKv3I
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) September 2, 2016
And guess what, according to Twitterati, this is the condition of mobile stores across the country. Seems like people are jumping on each other to buy a Reliance sim.
— Soumyajit Pattnaik (@soumyajitt) August 23, 2016
— Tanmoy Biswas (@tbiswas1666) August 23, 2016
— Manu Shukla (@ManuShuklaDev) August 23, 2016
— Avinash Roy (@roy_avin) August 22, 2016
Well, given the buzz, it’ll be interesting to see what happens after September 5.