Despite violating net neutrality, 4 million people pre-book Reliance JioPhone

It should be noted that customers will get the phone on first come-first serve basis. Jio has said earlier that it will start delivering the JioPhone from September onwards.

Due to the delay in delivery of the Reliance Jio feature mobile phones to the customers who had pre- booked them online, the company is expected to restart the pre- booking of the Jio mobile phones in another week’s time. So, right now there is no way for interested buyers to book the Jio Phone.

The JioPhone pre-bookings debuted on August 24 and within a few minutes the same was halted temporarily as there was a huge demand that caused issues with the online booking process. JioPhone will effectively be “free” at a deposit of Rs 1,500 which is refundable after three years, when users return the JioPhone.

The JioPhone delivery date has been delayed owing to “unprecedented” demand for the Reliance 4G feature mobile.

After the successful first phase of the Jio Phone pre- booking on August 24, 2017, the telecom giant Reliance has geared up to resume its pre- booking this week again. Further, Airtel has also come with some more recharge options starting from Rs 8 to Rs 349.

“It’s locking customer, because he would come to know that he can not delete or add an application”.

Idea Cellular’s chief corporate affairs officer Rajat Mukherjee added, “The device and the ability or inability to load or unload or offload certain kind of application, is clearly discriminatory”. The subscribers also get unlimited VoLTE local and STD calls to all operators, unlimited SMS and access to Jio apps.

For those who have pre-booked the JioPhone, Reliance Jio will send out details to their registered phone numbers with the store details. The users will have to carry their Aadhaar card for verification and will also have to pay the remaining Rs 1,000 to the allotted store to receive the device.

India’s top two telcos have accused Reliance Industries’ JioPhone of violating the principles of net neutrality.

“The (permission based) approach that telcos are suggesting is pure and simple extortion”, said Pahwa, in response to another carrier’s views that blocking, throttling and other traffic management practices be left to commercial agreements between content providers and telcos.

Airtel is said to be planning to launch a Rs 2,500 phone to go against the JioPhone.

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