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Jio planning to sell 5G smartphones at Rs 2,500-Rs 3,000 apiece: Official

The company will target 200-300 million mobile phone users who use 2G connection at present

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Reliance Jio | 5G | smartphones

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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At present, 5G smartphones are available in India in the price range starting from Rs 27,000.

is planning to launch a smartphone for less than Rs 5,000 and gradually reduce the price to Rs 2,500-3,000 a unit when it scales up the operation, according to a company official.

The company will target 200-300 million mobile phone users who use 2G connection at present.

"Jio wants to bring the device for less than Rs 5,000. When we scale up the sales, it can be priced in the range of Rs 2,500-3,000," a company official said on the condition of anonymity.

An email query sent to did not elicit any response.

At present, are available in India in the price range starting from Rs 27,000.

Jio was the first company that launched in India free for consumers where they were required to pay a refundable deposit of Rs 1,500 for a Jio Phone.

At 43rd Annual General meeting, Reliance Industries Chairman and managing director had asserted to make India "2G-mukt" (free of 2G connections) and emphasised on the need to accelerate migration of 350 million Indians (currently using 2G feature phone) to an affordable smartphone, at a time when India stands at the doorsteps of the era.

Ambani had also announced Rs 33,737 crore investment by Google for a 7.7 per cent stake in Jio Platforms, and said Jio will partner with the US tech giant to build an Android-based smartphone operating system.

The company is also working on its own 5G network equipment and has asked the Department of Telecom to allocate it spectrum for testing before exporting these products. The government is yet to heed to the request of

At present, India does not have 5G services and the government has not even allocated spectrum to telecom operators for running field trials aimed at promoting domestic ecosystem for the next generation technology.

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First Published: Sun, October 18 2020. 20:16 IST
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