Reliance Jio 4G service is unveiled in Mumbai today.
It was announced that Jio will charge only 5 paise per MB, or Rs 50 per GB. What’s more, the greater the usage, the lower the cost will be, and the rates could go down to Rs 25 per GB.
Reliance Jio will not be charging for voice calls at all.
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani dedicated Reliance Jio to realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a digital India for 1.2 billion Indians. India is ranked 155th in mobile broadband Internet access among 230 countries and with the launch of Jio, India’s rank will be among the top 10, he said.
Ambani also announced that Jio services will become available from Monday, September 5, absolutely free as part of the ‘Jio welcome offer’, so everyone can try Jio’s services at no charge.
Starting Monday, any cell phone user, including those with smartphones as cheap as Rs. 2,999, will be able to sample all Jio services – including its library of movies and music – for free. The offer ends on December 31.
The Jio 4G tariffs start at Rs. 149 for 28 days, for 300MB. For Rs. 499 per month you get a big step up, to 4GB of 4G data, plus unlimited 4G at night, for 28 days. You’ll also get 8GB of access from Reliance Jio’s upcoming network of Wi-Fi hotspots, further increasing the amount of data you can use. For Rs. 999, that goes up to 10GB of 4G data, and 20GB of Wi-Fi usage, plus unlimited usage at night. Further plans are for Rs. 1,499 for 20GB, Rs. 2,499 for 35GB, and Rs. 3,999 for 60GB of 4G data, and twice as much Wi-Fi usage respectively. The most expensive plan is for Rs. 4,999 for 75GB of 4G usage plus unlimited 4G usage at night, and 150GB of Wi-Fi data. The postpaid plans are similar, but you’ll be paying taxes as well.
There are also a couple of other plans that were not mentioned in the presentation – aside from the various monthly plans, there is also a plan where you pay Rs. 19 for 100MB of data, plus unlimited nighttime usage, with a single day’s validity. You also have a Rs. 129 plan with a 7 day validity offering 750MB and 1.5GB of Wi-Fi data, plus unlimited night usage, and a Rs. 229 plan which has a 21 day validity, for 2GB of data. These three plans are only for prepaid users.
Going by these plans, the rates are actually a little different from the Rs. 50 for 1GB that was announced. The cheapest plan is actually a lot more expensive – you get 300MB of data for Rs. 149, or around Rs. 450 per GB. However, with the other plans, once you count the Wi-Fi hotspot data as well, it does work out to the rate that was announced – for example, the Rs. 499 pack gives you a total of 12GB including Wi-Fi, which works out to approximately Rs. 42 per GB. The bigger packs do get cheaper this way, so for example, the most expensive Rs. 4,999 pack gives you 225GB of data including Wi-Fi, which works out to approximately Rs. 23 per GB. And this does not account for the unlimited 4G at night you will get as well.
There will also be no roaming charges, across India, to any network, it was announced. “Put an end to all voice call charges for all voice calls that are domestic,” Ambani said. This applies to calls to other networks as well, not just calls within the network.
Apart from the data rates, Ambani also announced that the full suite of Jio apps – for streaming movies, music, and live television – will be completely free for all users until December 2017.