Launch of Reliance Jio Phone : Doubts
1. WhatsApp unlikely to run on JioPhone
WhatsApp is unlikely to run on JioPhones, at least initially. Many reports have suggested that the phone will not support the world’s most popular messaging app. Reliance Jio has its own chat platform JioChat, may be the company wants to promote that. The phone, however, comes with other popular apps like YouTube and Facebook.
2. JioPhone to come in at least two variants (based on processor)
At the unveiling of the JioPhone, the company’s chairman Mukesh Ambani didn’t reveal much about the phone’s specifications. So there were speculations about the processor that the phone will run on. While some reports had claimed that the phone will run on Qualcomm’s processor others had said that it will be powered by China-based Spreadtrum Communications’ processor.
3. Eligibility for refund: Need to regularly recharge your phone
Users will be able to pre-book the Reliance JioPhone on paying a refundable security deposit of Rs 1500. They can get refund for this security deposit after minimum three years. However, to be eligible for a refund they will need to recharge their JioPhones at least once in 90 days.
4. Full security deposit to be made during pre-booking itself
Prospective buyers of Reliance JioPhone will have to pay the security deposit of Rs 1500 upfront. This mean the payment will have to be made during pre-booking itself.
5. Jio TV cable may not be free
One of the hottest features of the JioPhone is that the users will be able to mirror the content on their phones on a TV. The company announced a JioPhone TV cable for the same. Though the company didn’t specify if this cable will come bundled with JioPhone or users will have to pay extra for it but reports have suggested that the users may have to pay between Rs 500 -1500 for it. Also, users of the TV cable will have to take the Rs 309 data plan per month.
6. FUP limit of 500MB/day is enough for the JioPhone
Another nagging doubt that many users have is if the FUP limit of 500MB per day is enough. Yes it is, considering that the screen-size of JioPhone is small with a very low-resolution so the internet data consumption too is less.
7. No hotspot support in device’s software
Reliance Jio’s phone’s software does not come with support for hotspot, a company executive confirmed the same. Though the company executive didn’t specifically said if this is due to lack of hardware support or has been locked on software front.
8. Supports Wi-Fi
Another big question that many have about the phone is Wi-Fi support. The same will be there, Company sources confirmed this.
9. Users can book the phone on their MyJio app
Interested users can book the new JioPhone via the company’s MyJio app. They can also visit a Jio retailer to book the handset (both August 24th onwards).