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Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Bharti Airtel counters Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel counters Reliance Jio

Also, it is worth mentioning that while the A40 Indian supports VoLTE, Airtel is yet to roll out the network band. It has a 2.4-inch QWGA screen with 320x240 pixels resolution. If this condition is satisfied, the customer will get back the Rs. 1,500 deposit that they paid while purchasing the Jio Phone unit.

The Karbonn A40 Indian which has a retail price of Rs 3,499 will be sold to consumers for an upfront payment of Rs 2,899. The A40 Indian has 8 GB of on-board storage with the external storage expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card. With a 2-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front snapper, the JioPhone is armed with a 2,000mAh battery. The JioPhone also supports 22 Indian languages.

Essentially, the Karbonn A40 Indian is targeted towards customers who will be switching from feature phone to smartphone, whereas JioPhone is aimed at those who want smart features, but are uncomfortable with using the touchscreen. Let me talk about A40 Indian first.

With the Rs 169 monthly refill, Airtel is offering unlimited voice calling and 500MB 4G/3G data daily. In contrast, the Jio Phone is a 4G VoLTE-capable phone that offers the Web browsing experience but does not have a touchscreen any many other features usually associated with a smartphone.

To buy a Reliance JioPhone, customers will first need to book the phone for Rs 500. The device is effectively priced at Rs 1,399 but the users will have to pay a sum of Rs 2,899. Also, customers need to make recharges worth Rs 4,500 (Rs 1,500 minimum per year) during the three-year time frame.

Initially, the customers are required to make a down payment of Rs2,899 and, thereafter, make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs169. To get cashback of Rs. 500 on your purchase, you have to recharge with at least Rs. 3,000 in 18 months. "The customer will get a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1,000 after 36 months, taking the total cash benefit to Rs 1,500", the Airtel statement said explaining its claim of Rs 1,399 effective pricing. However, to claim the cash refund benefit, recharges worth Rs3,000 must be done within the first 18 months to claim the first refund instalment of Rs500 and recharges worth another Rs3,000 over the next 18 months to claim the second refund instalment of Rs1,000.

This new plan is priced at Rs 999 by Airtel, according to a report by Gadgets 360.

Karbonn A40 vs Reliance JioPhone: Which is more value for money? The former focuses on consumers who want a phone at a very low price and can not compromise on popular apps such as Google Maps, WhatsApp and Facebook. He said that Airtel's aspiration is to digitally empower every Indian with high-speed data access. With feature phone-like specifications, JioPhone offers a longer battery life as well as access to multimedia content from Jio's suite of apps.

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