Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Cheapest 4G Smartphone by Airtel-Karbonn to Compete With Reliance JioPhone

Airtel partners with Karbonn to roll out 4G enabled feature phone; here's how much it costs Reliance JioPhone effect: Airtel partners with Karbonn to launch 4G smartphone at Rs 1399
Velma Reese | 12 October, 2017, 00:53

Bharti Airtel on Wednesday launched a "low cost" 4G smartphone in partnership with Chinese handset maker Karbonn Mobiles to counter Reliance's "free" JioPhone offer. Such types of partnerships can be seen in the future as well, Airtel said.

However, much like the JioPhone's effective price tag of Rs 0, this effective Rs 1,399 price of the Karbonn smartphone is at best slightly misleading.

As far ass the technical specifications of the Karbonn A40 Indian is concerned, the smartphone comes with a 4 inch display screen and is powered by 1.3 Ghz processor.

The JioPhone is launched at Rs. 1,500 and the full amount will be refunded back when the user returns the device after three years of usage. In terms of camera, the phone is packing a 2MP rear camera with flash and a front camera for selfies.

Karbonn A40 Indian, the Android-based 4G smartphone will be having dual SIM slots and access to apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube.

Karbonn A40 Indian smartphone was launched in July 2017.

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The smartphone package will be sold under the initiative "Mera Pehla 4G smartphone" as A40 Indian. Through this association, we aim at strengthening our reach with the consumer that resides at the heart of smart telephony.

Here's how it works: Customer initially makes a downpayment of Rs 2,899 for the phone after which it becomes their property. "The core of our business has always been simplified technology and we are more than delighted to expand our network with such associations".

"The customer needs to make a down payment of Rs 2899 for the 4G smartphone and make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169", Airtel said. "Although, to guarantee the money discount advantage, recharge plans of worth Rs. 3,000 must be done inside the initial 18 months (to assert the main discount portion of Rs. 500) and another Rs. 3,000 throughout the following 18 months (to guarantee the second discount portion of Rs. 1000), Airtel included".

The dual-SIM device has 8GB memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Global Positioning System. While Jio developed the VoLTE enabled JioPhone feature phone from scratch, Airtel is subsiding the smartphone which is already available in the market. To get cashback of Rs. 500 on your purchase, you have to recharge with at least Rs. 3,000 in 18 months. The Karbonn A40 Indian is available to buy from retail stores across India. The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS right out of the box. Also, Airtel India is going to give Unlimited Calling and 0.5GB data/day with a Rs. 169 recharge that has a 28 days validity.

Jio's disruptive pricing has upended the telecom industry because of which profits of incumbents such as Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular Ltd (IDEA.NS) have shrunk rapidly.

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