Reliance Industries Limited or RIL announced their new product JioPhone2 along with the Jio GigaFiber high-speed broadband services on the 41st Annual General Meeting or AGM of Reliance Industries at Mumbai. The recent model, Jio Phone was a feature phone, and that was launched last year for a price of Rs.1,500 along with some cashback schemes, with a final cost of Zero. The new JioPhone 2 model with advanced features was launched by Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani and his daughter Isha Ambani, is priced at Rs.2,999. The latest one can be referred as a modified version of the first version. They made many significant improvements, included some new features also regarding both hardware and software that were not available or added in the first version.
JioPhone 2 Specifications
The device comes with a dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and has 4GB internal storage, which can be expanded upto 128GB with a micro SD card. It has a 2.4” QVGA display (240x320p) and a QWERTY keypad. It has a 2000 mAh capacity battery and has a 2MP camera on the back (rear camera) and VGA Front Camera (0.3MP) on the front, for essential purposes like video calling. It comes with the KaiOS, which is a Firefox-based feature phone platform and able to support almost all popular applications like Whatsapp, Youtube, Facebook, etc. and also able to operate using voice commands.
The JioPhone 2 comes with a dedicated button for the voice commands along with a four-way navigation key and having a hardware QWERTY keyboard, and it will be available to buy from 15 August 2018. It has quite good connectivity features with Dual Nano Sim slots that supports LTE and VoWi-Fi and having 150Mbps LTE, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, FM radio and Bluetooth LE.
JioPhone 2 Launch date
The telecommunication service provider Reliance Jio owned by Mr.Mukesh Ambani announced JioPhone 2, their new feature phone with QUERTY keypad with 2.40-inch QVGA display, which is designed like a Blackberry bar phone on 05 July 2018, Thursday. The new one will be available to buy, or the product booking starts on 15 August 2018. So, on this Indian Independence Day, Jio launching or presenting their new model to us.
So, the phone will be available from August 15 with an introductory price of Rs 2,999. The company officially announced details about the Monsoon Hungama offer, in which anyone having old Jio feature phone can exchange with the new JioPhone with a price of as low as Rs.501.
JioPhone 2 Features
|Release date||August 1, 2018|
|Battery capacity||2,000 mAH|
|Operating System||KAI OS|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||128|
|Screen size (Display)||2.4 Inch QVGA Display|
|Rear Camera||2 Megapixel|
|Front Camera||VGA Front Camera / 0.3 Megapixel|
|Number of SIMs||Dual Sim (2)|
|Exchange or Monsoon Hungama offer price||Rs.501 + Old Feature phone|
While comparing with the first Jio Phone model, they have made several changes in both the design and software. The design of the new model looks similar to a Blackberry Bar phone, and it supports the most popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, etc. and few of these apps were not supported in the first model, and they managed to include that in the new model.
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Reliance Jio Phone Vs JioPhone 2
The Reliance Jio Phone, first model online booking started in August 2017. It was a great product at the best price with existing cashback offers, effectively the phone price was Zero, and they sold more than 25 million units in India and made it globally #1 Featured phone.
On 05 July 2018, on the 41st Annual General Meeting, the JioPhone 2 with more advanced features was officially announced by the Akash and Isha Ambani. The new product will be available to buy, or the online booking of the product starts from the 15th August 2018 at the cost of Rs.2,999.
Design and Display
The new Jio Phone 2 is entirely different from the old model regarding design but both of them having the same display size. The new model comes with a QWERTY keypad and for the old one, T9-style keypad was used. For both products, display or the screen size is 2.4-inch.
The upcoming Jio model, JioPhone 2 having the same camera specification as the old one. There is one change for both the real camera or the back camera and the front camera. Both phones have 2MP (megapixel) rear camera and 0.3MP or VGA Front Camera, and both of them can be used for video recording.
OS, Battery and Connectivity
Both phones are using KAI OS (Firefox-based feature phone platform) and having 2,000 mAh battery capacity. But, regarding connectivity, they included some more features in the new JioPhone 2. The new one supports dual Nano SIM and VoWi-Fi, all other remaining features like FM radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G VoLTE support, GPS and NFC are same on both devices.
RAM and Storage
While comparing the memory, the JioPhone have more advanced than the old one. It comes with a RAM of 512MB and internal storage or memory of 4GB and also it can be expanded upto 128 GB using a Micro SD card.
Jio Official apps like MyJio, JioTV, JioMusic, etc. are available on both devices for sure. The latest model JioPhone 2 also supports favourite apps Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, etc. As per the available details, the old model may also run these apps in the upcoming days after that, there may not any changes on both these devices in case of available apps.
The Jio Phone was priced for Rs.1500, and which was refundable after three years so, the effective price was Zero for that device while the new model JioPhone 2 costs Rs.2,999 but, it can be availed for Rs.501 with the Monsoon Hungama Offer, by exchanging with the old model.
Jio Monsoon Hungama Exchange Offer
On the 2018 Annual General Meeting, they officially announced the Jio Monsoon Hungama Exchange Offer. In that offer, anyone having the old Jio featured phone can exchange with the new JioPhone 2 at just Rs.501. Its a great offer for those having old Jio featured phone, they can grab a brand new phone with advanced features at a very cheap cost. The old model was launched with a refundable policy after 3 years, the valid price was zero for that product, and the company now comes with another deal on the new model launch.
Starting 21st July 2018, anyone can exchange existing featured phone with a brand new Jio Phone at just Rs.501. The Jio Phone Monsoon Hungama offer will let the existing Jio featured phone users or customers to have a new phone at the lowest price. Mr.Mukesh Ambani announced that this offer will be available pan India, starting from July 2018.
How to Exchange JioPhone with Jio Phone 2?
You can exchange your old Jio featured phone with the brand new JioPhone 2 as per the Jio Monsoon Hungama offer or the Special Exchange offer 2018. If you are looking to buy a new phone without exchange or even want to exchange your existing phone with a brand new one then also, you need to book for a new product on the first sale day, 15th August 2018. As per the available details from the officials, the Jio booking starts on the Independence day, and both the exchangers and the new buyers have to book for a new phone on the same day. You must have to pay Rs.501 at the time of booking to get the new JioPhone 2. Mr.Mukesh Ambani said that the further details about the online booking of the JioPhone 2 would be available on the Jio.com, official company website. Usually, they allow the public to book their services in both online and offline mode so, the online booking of the product may be in their company website, jio.com and the offline booking can do from the nearest Jio stores.
After registering for the product from the online or offline stores by paying an amount of Rs.510. You can expect a call or SMS from the nearest Jio store in order to collect your new phone from the store. Normally, they ask for some identity proof during these types of transactions so, it’s better to carry a copy of your Aadhaar card copy.
How to use WhatsApp in Old Jio Featured Phone?
As I mentioned above, the latest Jio Phone 2 will support the favourite apps WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube. But, what about the old Jio featured phone? Do they get any solution or official update to use it on their old phone? Here is the answer, Jio giving a chance to exchange the old Jio phone with the new one at just Rs.501 so, they can grab a brand new phone at a low cost, and they can access or use all these apps with many more advanced features, only if they want a get that new model.
But, what if they don’t want to get the new model? Still, there is a solution for those users. AfterMr. Mukesh Ambani said, “The 3 most popular apps YouTbe, WhatsApp, and Facebook will be available to all Jio phone users commercially from the 15th August this year”. So, I hope all the old Jio phone users may be able to use these apps after the official update on 15th August 2018.
How to Buy JioPhone 2 for 501 Rs?
- Register for the new Reliance JioPhone 2 Via Jio Website or Offline Store on 21st July 2018.
- You have to provide the asked details, which may include the IMEI of the existing or current using Jio Featured Phone.
- Pay the booking or new Jio Phone 2 registration charge of Rs.501.
- On 15th August 2018 or after a few days, you may get an SMS or Call from the nearest Jio outlet to collect the new phone.
- Visit the nearest store after receiving the notification with the Jio phone
- You may need to provide some ID proof so, it’s better to carry a copy of the Aadhaar card along with a Passport Size Photograph.
- Keep the old Jio phone accessories like data cable and charging adaptor along with the phone (not confirmed).
- You don’t have to pay for anything there because you have already paid Rs.501 during the phone booking or registration.
- Collect the new phone from the store and just handover the old cellphone them.
- It’s recommended clearing complete data before giving the phone to the Jio store.
As per the new Jio Exchange Hungama Offer, users have the old Jio featured phone can buy JioPhone 2 for Rs.150. I have already mentioned a lot about the same offer above and now let’s check how to register or book to get that offer. As per the available details, you can book the phone online from the official website and may also be able to book it the nearest Jio outlets. You can book or register to avail this offer from 21st July 2018, and you may be the phone in your hand by 15th August 2018 and now, check the above steps to know How to book JioPhpone 2 for Rs.150.
JioPhone 2 Wifi Hotspot Feature
Do JioPhone 2 have a Wi-Fi Hotspot? Most of you have the same doubt because this feature was not available in the first version and it was the major drawback of the first model. So, everyone would like to know to about the hotspot feature before purchasing the new model. At the AGM meeting in 2018, they announced about the new model and also revealed the features. They haven’t mentioned about the Hotspot feature, As you know this feature was not available on the first model and they got a lot of negative reviews because of that. So, they may add the feature to the new model, chances are there but still, it’s too low.
Jio phone is specially designed by the company with separate special recharge offers and plans. If people starting sharing internet from the Jio phone via Wi-Fi Hotspot then, it may get a heavy loss to the company. Because of this reason, the Jio Company officials may take a negative approach to the Hotspot feature. They don’t want to share the special internet offers of the JioPhone with the others. They introduced many low-cost plans especially to the Jio phones and to prevent the misuse of those specially introduced plans they may not add the WIFI hotspot feature. If people starting sharing internet to other phones or to other users with this special plans via USB Tethering, Bluetooth Tethering or Wi-Fi Hotspot, it may get them too much loss.
JioPhone 2 Launch Speech
So, here is the JioPhone 2 Launch speech by the Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani and his daughter Isha Ambani. After that, he mentioned the Jio Monsoon Hungama Exchange offer, the update on the old Jio phones (apps) and many few more things. Watch the below video which is Jio Offical YouTube Channel streamed live on the AGM 2018.