Airtel India launches 4G smartphone for just INR 1399 (effectively)

Pablo Tucker
October 11, 2017

However, to get this, he or she must make monthly recharges of at least Rs 169.

In a related development, British telecom giant Vodafone and India's Idea, in their bid to consolidate their market share with the advent of Reliance Jio are merging into a single brand and also planning to bring Airtel Karbonn A40 Indian-like budget smartphone to take on the Reliance JioPhone. The company has collaborated with the Indian smartphone manufacturer Karbonn to provide the phone to the customers.

A client should make an initial installment of Rs 2,899 for the 4G phone and make 36 constant month to month recharge plans of Rs 169, Airtel said. On the other hand Airtel 4G phone offers a true smartphone from Karbonn. However, to claim the cash refund benefit, recharges worth Rs3,000 must be done within the first 18 months to claim the first refund instalment of Rs500 and recharges worth another Rs3,000 over the next 18 months to claim the second refund instalment of Rs1,000. Double SIM is bolstered so you can utilize both Airtel and Jio SIM inside the A40.

Coming with the 4G VoLTE connectivity, the Karbonn A40 Indian has a quad-core processor, possibly from MediaTek and along with that is 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. The memory is further expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The Reliance Jio Phone comes with the company's own mobile applications. While Jio 4G user has to get a new SIM card with the JioPhone, the Airtel 4G phone users can continue using their old SIM card.

Airtel has also launched a new Rs. 169 plan for this phone.

The A40 smartphone gets it juice from a battery capacity of 1400 mAh. It features a dual 2MP rear camera and there's a 0.3MP front shooter. "This is yet another step in our ongoing journey to deeply understand customers and bring innovation that delights them", Raj Pudipeddi, Director - Consumer Business & CMO, Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.

This effective price tag, which puts the phone at Rs 200 less than the JioPhone, is a direct attack on the smart feature phone which was announced at Reliance Industries' 40th AGM on July 21 by Mukesh Ambani. But he has to deposit a refundable amount of Rs 1500 with the operator which will be refunded after 3 years when the customer returns the phone, in whatever condition. At the time, the telecom operator had kept mum on the pricing of its ultra low-priced 4G phone, but reports suggested the phone to come with a price tag upwards of Rs 2,500. To help the Indian consumers with local languages, the phone supports 22 languages. Again, it may not give the right kind of user experience.

Jio has been known for its aggressive plans be it data or voice. There is no hidden charges. It supports 4G LTE network, 3G, 2G, GPRS and EDGE that helps in data connection.

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