Mumbai: Be ready, Jio is ready to drop the Father of All Bombs in the telecom market. The tremors of this bomb are set to disrupt the market once again, the only change is that at the receiving end will be handset makers. Yes, Jio is going to launch the cheapest ever 4G phone in the Indian market. Leaked pictures of this phone have gone viral. You may not believe it, but Jio will give you a 4G phone in just Rs 500. The phone will be loaded with free Jio apps and Jio 4G SIM. The handsets are already in production. The big announcement about these 4G phones is likely to be made on July 21at the Reliance annual general meeting. The company wants to rev up its customer base with the new phones. Wit Rs 500-phones Jio wants to lure the 2G customers to upgrade to 4G technology at a throwaway price. Sources say that these Jio 4G feature phones will come bundled with aggressive tariff plan that will give 4G data at lowest-ever price along with free video and voice calls. Jio is preparing for the actual launch, expected to be on August 15, in a big way. In a bid to flood the markets with its new handset, Jio has already placed orders for about 2 crore 4G handsets with Chinese manufacturers.
Specifications According to the report, Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phone will feature 2.4-inch screen, powered by Qualcomm and Spreadtrum chipsets and 512MB RAM. The phone will have 4GB of internal storage which will be expandable via microSD cards, For photography purposes, it will have 2-megapixel rear camera, and VGA front camera. Apart from 4G connectivity, the feature phone is also said to have Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS. * The Jio feature phone will be sold under the Lyf brand * 2.4-inch colour display, 512MB RAM * 4GB of internal storage, up to 128GB microSD card support, dual SIM (Nano SIM + Standard SIM) * 2-megapixel rear camera, and VGA front camera * 2000mAh battery * FM radio, Bluetooth 4.1 + LE, and video calling. * Software: It will have 'KAI OS', a version of the HTML5-based Firefox OS * App store named 'KaiOS Plus' * Integrated voice assistant with support for Indian languages * Provision for Wi-Fi tethering, that is, you will be able to connect multiple devices using the handset’s Internet connection. It is possible that Jio may opt for app-specific USB tethering in the phone. * 1.2GHz dual-core processor * Free Jio apps such as Jio TV, MyJio, JioCinema, and JioMusic (Market value of Apps is around Rs 10,000) News24Bureau