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Reliance Jio to Commercially Launch on September 5: Free Voice/SMS, Cheapest Data Rates in the World! No More a rumor

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After having too much of rumor and expectations Mukesh Ambani, MD of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced the commercial launch of Jio at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) today. Jio will start its operations from September 5 and will offer absolutely free 4G data, Voice, Text and Jio digital app access for all users till December 2016 under the new Jio welcome offer.

As a special offer All packs come with 28 days validity and Jio apps subscriptions worth Rs. 1260 for free.  Jio will not charge for voice calls and SMS. Also, it charges a tenth of what its competitors are charging for 4G data. On an estimation, it’s charging at Rs. 50 per GB and is much lower on packs with higher data bundles.

“Pay for only one service – either voice or data, not both,” Ambani said. “World over, operators charge only for data, voice and messaging are essentially free. All voice calls for Jio customers will be absolutely free.”

Reliance has also abolished the roaming charges. “Put an end to all voice call charges for all voice calls that are domestic,” Ambani said. This applies to calls to the other networks as well, not just calls within the network. Which means the entire network provides Roam like Home with no difference in local and STD calls or any extra charge for receiving incoming calls in roaming. Also there will be on SMS blackout days on festivals which means you can wish your relatives through SMS on Diwali and not wait for one day before or after. Jio also announced that students will get 25% extra data in all plans if they show a valid ID when signing up for Jio.

Other specifications of the packs are the following:

RIL has activated Aadhaar based e-verification for SIM at the Reliance Retail stores in Delhi and Mumbai. This will soon be expanded to other parts of the country, so that the 4G SIM activation takes only 5-minutes and you can walk out of the store with an active Jio connection.

Jio has also introduced a price cut for its LYF brand VoLTE capable smartphones which will now start retailing from Rs.2999 upwards and the recently launched personal hotspot JioFi 2 has also received a price cut from Rs.2899 to Rs.1999.

Mukesh Ambani has also reached out to the Incumbent operators and urged them to play fair and provide it adequate points of interconnect to complete voice calls and also comply with the guidelines set by TRAI to approve the huge number of port out requests they will encounter in the coming days.

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