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Want to switch to a 4G phone? Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have these to offer

Now, Vodafone and Idea are in talks with domestic handset makers

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Want to switch to a 4G phone? Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have these to offer

In this festive season, telecom companies are going all out to woo their customers. If you are still stuck with a 3G phone and looking for affordable options to switch to 4G, then you will be spoilt for choices. The trend started with offering a JioPhone, which is virtually free. Next, Airtel, and joined the race.

on October 11 announced its collaboration with Karbonn Mobiles to offer a 4G smartphone at an effective price of Rs 1,399. Now, and are in talks with domestic handset makers, including Lava and Karbonn to jointly roll out a new set of smartphones at an effective price of around or less than Rs 1,500.

Here are the details of the offered by Reliance Jio, Airtel, and Idea:

and Idea
  • According to Economic Times, and are in talks with Karbonn and Lava to bring out a phone jointly. 
  • The deal is expected to be finalised before Diwali.
  • In the phone, popular applications like Facebook, WhatsApp and Google are downloadable unlike the JioPhone, Business Today reported.  

Airtel
 
  • To avail the Indian smartphone, customer needs to make a down-payment of Rs 2,899.
  • The phone comes bundled with a no-frills contract from Bharti that requires a monthly recharge of Rs 169 per month for 36 months for a cashback of Rs 1,500 – in two installments of 18 months each.
  • After successful completion of first 18 months, user will get the first cashback of Rs 500 from The second cashback of Rs 1,000 is credit to user’s account after successful completion of 36 months. 
  • The cashback brings down the effective price of Indian smartphone to Rs 1,399.
  • The cashback is subjected to terms and conditions, which dictates that the user should either recharge with Rs 169 per month and enjoy the bundled benefits with the smartphone or recharge a total of Rs 3,000 in 18 months and Rs 6,000 in 36 months to get the cashbacks.
  • In Rs 169 monthly recharge, offers unlimited local and STD calls coupled with 0.5GB data per day valid for 28 days.
  • The customer is not restricted to use SIM card in the smartphone. Rather, the customer is free to change the SIM card at any point in time if he/she wants to switch to other networks. But, that will void the contract and revoke cashback and bundle offer benefits.
  • At no point in time customer is liable to return the device to the Karbonn or and the ownership of the device lies with the customer.
  • The Indian uses Android operating system and, therefore, can access a wide spectrum of apps and services available in Google’s ecosystem. The phone comes installed with apps as well.

Reliance Jio

  • can be availed by making a down-payment of Rs 1,500 security deposit, which is refundable after 36 months.
  • The phone comes bundled with a Jio offer that requires a monthly recharge of Rs 153 per month or a cumulative recharge amount of Rs 1,500 per annum for 3 years.
  • Failing to recharge minimum Rs 1,500 per annum revokes the refundable security deposit amount in lieu of it.
  • The is restricted for use only on Jio network and the scope of using any other SIM card in the device is ruled out.
  • The subscriber is bound to make a cumulative payment of Rs 1,500 towards recharges per annum for 3 years. Failing to do so allows the company to repossess the
  • The recipients willing to return the device early will be charged ‘Early Return Charges’, which are as follows
Time of Return of JioPhone Early Return Charges
Upto 12 months from the date of first issue of the JioPhone Rs 1,500 plus applicable GST or other taxes
After 12 months and up to 24 months from the date of first issue of the JioPhone Rs 1,000 plus applicable GST or other taxes
After 24 months and up to 36 months from the date of first issue of the JioPhone Rs 500 plus applicable GST or other taxes
  • The security deposit is refundable only after completion of 36-months and before 39-months from the date of the first issue of
  • The security deposit would be forfeited without any further notice to the recipient if the phone is not returned within the 3-month window post completion of 36-months.
  • The recipient cannot resell, lease, assign, and transfer or otherwise dispose-of the in any manner whatsoever.


First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 14:18 IST