Airtel partners Karbonn to take on Jio with Rs 1399 smartphone

11 October, 2017, 16:34 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Reliance Jio Bharti Airtel Idea

Karbonn A40 Indian has a full touchscreen plus dual SIM slots, and offers access to all apps on Google Play Store, including YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp.

Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details about the Airtel 4G Phone and the special Rs 169 unlimited plan.

The effective price of Karbonn A40 Indian will be Rs 1,399 as compared to its current market price of appx Rs 3,499.

Initially, the customers are required to make a down payment of Rs2,899 and, thereafter, make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs169. But you can claim the cash refund only if your recharges are worth Rs. 3000 within first 18 months and Rs. 3000 over the next 18 months.

In case the customer does not wish to opt for Rs 169 bundled plan, she/he has the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements.

Jio's disruptive pricing has upended the telecom industry because of which profits of incumbents such as Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular Ltd have shrunk rapidly.

So, basically the customer needs to spend Rs 8983 (Rs 2899 for phone and Rs 6084 for recharges) to own the Karbonn A40 India phone and use Airtel services over next 3 years.

The Karbonn A40 Indian has a market price of ₹3499, however, with Airtel's bundled offers, it's effective price turns becomes ₹1399.

The phone will be available on all leading retail stores across the country and after-sales service will be provided by Karbonn mobiles. The offer comes bundled with monthly recharge pack, cashback and data and calling benefits, it added.

This is a comparison between Airtel smartphone and Reliance Jio Phone based on specifications and features.

While the JioPhone has to be returned to get the Rs. 1,500 cashback, the Airtel 4G Phone users keep the device with them even after claiming the cashback amount. The cashback will be credited to the subscriber's Airtel Payment Bank account. It comes with a 4-inch display and is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor that's paired with 1 GB RAM. There is 1GB of RAM and just 8GB of onboard storage. It runs Android Nougat software and is backed by a 1,400mAh battery.

The move by Reliance Jio to launch Jiophone is forcing telecom operators to pick up part of the cost of the device, as is usual in places like the United States and Europe.

It has a built-in storage memory of 8 GB, which can be supplemented by a 32 GB micro-SD card.

He said, "We plan to partner with multiple manufacturers to bring affordable smartphone options to the market and build an "open ecosystem" of low-priced devices".

"We are delighted to partner with Karbonn to remove barriers to smartphone adoption and enable millions of Indians to leapfrog to a full touchscreen smartphone experience", said Raj Pudipeddi, Director - Consumer Business & CMO, Bharti Airtel.

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