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Reliance JioPhone killer is here

Reliance JioPhone killer is here

Bharti Airtel Ltd (BRTI.NS), India's top telecom operator, said on Wednesday it had partnered with handset maker Karbonn Mobiles to introduce a 4G-enabled smartphone at the price of a feature phone.

"As the market leader and pioneer of 4G services in India, Airtel's aspiration is to digitally empower every Indian with high speed data access".

For the first time the company is lining up with mobile handset manufacturers to bring such bundled 4G smartphones. Effectively, you are going to spend about Rs. 6000 extra after purchasing the phone only to get Rs. 1500 back from Airtel. The launch is part of the Airtel's Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone and the company will now partner with various smartphone manufacturers and will create an eco-system of affordable 4G phones.

Now if I talk about the phone, Karbonn A40 Indian comes with 4-inch WVGA touch display and runs on Android Nougat. It also packs 1400 mAh battery.

In the camera department, there is a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel front camera.

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Karbonn A40 Indian is a 4G smartphone that supports dual SIM slot.

Under this partnership, the Karbonn A40 Indian is being offered to customers. Through this association, we aim at strengthening our reach with the consumer that resides at the heart of smart telephony. Similar to the JioPhone, the price tag of Rs 1,399 is the effective price. "The core of our business has always been simplified technology and we are more than delighted to expand our network with such associations".

Initially, you will have to make a down payment of Rs. 2,899/- and get the 4G smartphone. Users who get the monthly recharge will get unlimited voice calls, video calls, SMS and 500MB data per day. The connectivity option includes Bluetooth, Wi-fi 802.11. "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". If the user manages to continue recharging the device for 36 months, they'll get an additional sum of Rs 1,000.

In a related development, British telecom giant Vodafone and India's Idea, in their bid to consolidate their market share with the advent of Reliance Jio are merging into a single brand and also planning to bring Airtel Karbonn A40 Indian-like budget smartphone to take on the Reliance JioPhone. All features that outshine Jio's offering.

This is a comparison between Airtel smartphone and Reliance Jio Phone based on specifications and features. Unlike JioPhone, the Airtel 4G Phone user can keep the device even after claiming the refund amount.


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