Reliance Launches new range of HTC CDMA+GSM smartphones under zero plan

Reliance communications has after a very long time launched a new innovative product for its CDMA services, till now their focus was revolving only around their GSM and 3G offerings which was evident from their launch of zero plan for iPhone 5S, 5C and Nokia Lumia series. Now Reliance has extended the zero plan to CDMA services as well with the launch of 4 dual sim HTC smartphones Desire XC, Desire 600c, Desire 700 and HTC One DS.

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All of these phones are capable of accessing Reliance CDMA EvDO Rev.A network which gives 3G like speeds in all 22 circles on a Pan India basis on using diamond OMH CDMA micro sim. The second sim slot is unlocked for use with any GSM sim, but can only provide access to 2G data at Edge speeds not 3G. The detailed tech specs of the 4 handsets on offer are as follows


All 4 handsets under the zero plan come with true unlimited voice calling local+STD, 3000 SMS local+National and true unlimited EvDO data without FUP, all benefits usable in National roaming as well. These handsets can be bought with zero down payment along with 24 EMI’s details of which are below.


Recently Reliance had started to separate its CDMA business from the GSM business and inside sources had hinted that they might soon look to sell the CDMA business altogether, but with the launch of this product it seems Reliance is trying to revive its shrinking CDMA business and will continue operations till at least the next 24 months. Earlier reliance had declared they would be launching a range of CDMA+GSM dual sim mid range phones manufactured by Lenovo with prices around Rs.8000 but that plan never seemed to materialise.

The current position of CDMA in India is that it is a dying ecosystem, the number of CDMA subscribers is significantly lower than GSM subscribers. People who stick to CDMA do so for many reasons including better coverage due to 800MHz and superior voice clarity, but the main reason is cheaper tariffs offered by CDMA operators compared to GSM so that the subscriber agrees to invest in a network locked CDMA handset. The Lenovo deal sounded promising because they had announced mid range phones which would be affordable and the user could enjoy the coverage of CDMA with the freedom of GSM. With HTC the entry level plan for Desire XC comes up to Rs. 38,376 inclusive of device cost and 24 months of bundled free usage, the cost for HTC One DS goes upto Rs.69,576. Even though the EMIs look pocket friendly, what the user ends up paying over 2 years seems highly overpriced. It seems unlikely for Reliance to get a significant response from subscribers at these prices on a platform whose future is grossly uncertain in our country.

What do you feel about this offer from Reliance? Let us know your reviews and opinions through your comments.



As Shared by : Dr. Esmail Beguwala.
Who is a freelance Physiotherapist by day and a techno buff by evening he has a keen eye for the latest buzz on the telecom block and Mobile data which is his area of special interest.

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  • CF - Mumbai August 30, 2014 10:17 am

    Which is best phone for GSM + CDMA (Reliance Sim) under Rs 10,000 ??

  • Dinesh Ramakrishnan - chennai August 29, 2014 10:13 pm

    Why reliance focus only on HTC phones? They should offer some smart phones which must be comes under budget. Lenovo a600e is also a reliance cdma phone but with bunch of problems :(

    • CF August 30, 2014 10:15 am

      What is the problem with Lenova A600e ???

  • Ajay Nasre - NAGPUR August 22, 2014 1:24 pm

    I want to purchase the CDMA & GSM smartphone between 5000 to 10000. I have reliance CDMA handset that was purchased a long back. Kindly guide me in this regard.

  • dayakar ganugu - hyd August 18, 2014 5:17 pm

    never before experienced like this i have gone number shops no cdma smart phone available in the range of 10000 all biggest brands pricing is above 18000 rupees only i am carriying my number when reliance launched

  • Aarti - navi mumbai August 14, 2014 4:48 pm

    kindly provide the more details and scheme also

  • rishikesh mohapatra - bhubaneswar August 13, 2014 7:18 pm

    i want to purchase cdma + gsm handset android phone with 3G Budget 10000-15000.Pls reply me..

  • Raj Chowdhury - Burdwan August 8, 2014 5:46 pm

    Nice….thinks Reliance.

  • Dr.Rajesh Kumar Sahu - Berhampur,Odisha August 6, 2014 10:16 am

    I want to purchase CDMA+GSM android phone in which 3G is working in both the sim.Budget 10000-20000.Pls specify if such smartphone is available from a reputed brand.

  • Abhilash Gupta - Jamnagar August 2, 2014 12:00 pm

    I would like to know the procedure for using bsnl evdo in android evdo phone. Also want to know about how to register MEID n all. Kindly help me.

  • Gajendra kumar pandey - delhi ncr July 24, 2014 9:53 pm

    please inform the reliance cdma postpaid and prepaid plan

  • R.Rajan - Tamil Nadu, Erode District July 16, 2014 11:28 am

    I Want To Purchase CDMA+GSM Dual Sim Android Mobile
    CDMA Reliance Sim
    Price Around 10000, White Colour Means Best…
    Pls Inform Any Mobile available means…

  • ABHISHEK DOSI June 30, 2014 12:22 pm

    pls give ful detail of all relaince post paid cdma plans

  • abdul June 28, 2014 8:41 pm

    i have an HTC 1 DUAL i had coverage 4 2 weeks only then no network i wiped the device went to every technician still no network and that to only on CDMA mode?plz any1 help me?

  • roseamio June 27, 2014 3:48 pm

    i have sn american cdsm iphone4s n gt a reliance connection how can i recharge ma num?

  • manikandan June 25, 2014 1:23 pm


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  • M N Vimal Kumar June 9, 2014 9:32 pm

    kidly inform me the details of zero plan

  • RAJESH PRAVIN SHAH May 22, 2014 11:30 am




  • Bheemeswarao Somisetty. May 18, 2014 7:24 pm

    Very good option,
    how to take a cunction
    want a CDMA,GSM,HTC ONE,

  • Ravi Kumar May 3, 2014 11:26 pm

    I am using Raliance CDMA from past 9 years…I have never faced any problem regarding wrong billing or signal problem.But now I got signal problem first time..I have given complaint to customer care. They replied that some problem is there in your locality. Anyway I dont want to loose Reliance CDMA so I am urging RCOM to improve CDMA towers and also look at CDMA handsets as customers are facing problems due to lack of proper CDMA handsets..

  • Muthukumar April 6, 2014 6:37 pm

    My Bro-in-Law and Father-in-Law living in Rural area near Madurai use RCDMA. There is a peculiar problem, the CDMA of Reliance network fails during power failures whereas RGSM works through intra-state Roaming through Aircel network! Obviously low revenue area BTS are not maintained properly!
    So, Reliance in a dilemma over CDMA! I don’t know about MTS CDMA, which is also available there! My Bro-in-Law use EVDO Data enabled Android phone, but the rural CDMA towers are capable of only 1x data! The 1X speed isn’t bad @ 19 KBps constantly!
    Is it costlier to convert 1X CDMA towers to EVDO, than 3G GSM? Probably not!
    So, there lies the solution for CDMA networks! CDMA towers can reach farther than GSM towers!
    Making them EVDO-ready and giving customers EVDO enabled Android phones certainly looks promising! Even the 1X speed of CDMA is certainly better than GSM-EDGE speeds in rural Tamilnadu!

  • Anil Patil March 30, 2014 9:49 pm

    I am using Reliance cdma services from 2006. All our family members use Reliance CDMA phone services. We have 18 Reliance CDMA phone connections.

    CDMA technology is more safe than than GSM. In GSM the call frequency is interpolated between 8 users per second due to its TDMA technology. TDMA is time dependent mobile access system. In TDMA the time of the frequency is allotted to 8 simultaneous subscribers to increase the capability. This is the reason we hear rattling of speakers when call is being received by a GSM phone kept beside the ON speakers. This creates 8 heartz frequency bombarding on brain cells.

    In pneumatic road breaker intermittent pressure is used to break the road but if the same pressure is applied continuously than the road will not break. Same way in CDMA the RF is used continuously and in GSM the RF is used intermittently.

    TDMA is very dangerous for Health and it leads to Brain Tumor (Cancer) called Glioma!
    After the initiation of Glioma it takes 10 to 15 years for our body to show any symptoms but once the Glioma tumors are initiated they go on increasing in size.

    • Ashley July 24, 2014 1:00 pm

      Good thoughts people still not taking it seriously , after all we are first generation exposed to radiations . hopefully next gen will take care at the cost of our lives.

  • SATHESHKUMAR March 23, 2014 11:55 pm

    I have a samsung steller which i use with reliance cdma in tamilnadu. The mobile is capable of evdo data.
    All I want to know is the evdo date rates for reliance cdma in tamilnadu please help……
    None knows that even customer care doesnt know the tariff and i even dont find any tariff for HSD in rcom website.

    It would be grateful if you help me so i would chech whether my office and home has reliance hsd coverage and move on to HTC zero rental plan.

    Also what happens after 24 months if we buy zero rental htc phones.
    Can we get unlimted minutes and date buy some plan or by recharge. Why is that there is no information regarding that.

  • Nikhil March 15, 2014 7:39 pm

    If any TT reader attempted this offer HTC ZERO PLAN. Share your experience.

  • Meher March 15, 2014 4:07 am

    @Rudradeep Biswas
    I have a US Nexus 5 which supports CDMA. Any idea if I can get it to work on Reliance CDMA using the OMH sim card?

    • aj March 15, 2014 9:27 am

      Yes..I am using moto g of US on reliance CDMA network..but first register meid with reliance network

      • Meher March 15, 2014 4:58 pm

        How did you get it registered?
        I don’t know much about CDMA but I heard that getting meid registered onto reliance network is very hard…

  • mzm March 12, 2014 11:55 am

    The prices mentioned for Desire 700 and HTC One are incorrect.
    Desire 700 EMI is 1949
    HTC One ENI is 2699

    • Alex June 12, 2014 10:30 pm

      I brought a HTC desire 700 and using with Reliance CDMA , once the phone move out of coverage area and even after coming back to coverage still also shows “No Signal” . not sure does it need a OMH sim

  • vinod March 12, 2014 8:46 am

    Reliance EVDO available in Khatima uttarakhand or not.

  • rinkoo March 11, 2014 9:24 pm

    Very good job by reliance cdma
    Excellent network never fails

  • Dinesh Mishra March 11, 2014 9:11 pm

    Whether EVDO network is available in Haldwani Uttarakhand?

  • Pankaj Arora March 11, 2014 6:26 pm

    Hi, Reliance is never sure about what it is doing. Reliance gave life time(or till validity of license) tariff in prepaid of 50 paise/minute local/STD/Roaming Incoming/Roaming Outgoing calls and 50 paise/SMS for local/STD/Roaming SMS. If Reliance shuts downs its CDMA operations, then these customers would be cheated.

    Comments welcome on this.

  • PRAKASH WADEYAR March 11, 2014 3:22 pm

    Best offer ever, Thanks reliance, Keep this trend and Im sure you will beat everyone in market if you have 20 android and lumia CDMA phones. Just study the market half of the mobile customers will migrate if expand your portfolio. Verizon did this same in future cost of CDMA phones will come down if you do the trend like this.
    Best of Luck

    • Darshan March 11, 2014 10:03 pm

      Reliance was in the top operator list in terms of one era but due to lack of handsets and evdo data charges too high made customers to port from Reliance.It has very poor management even in my family every1 was using Reliance Cdma + Reliance wireless phone (landline) till 2007 when with no reason bill of around 8k dont know correct fig was billed on my dad number.The reason was as they said the device started using R- world…as they stated a movie also was watched on the device…And this service even after not using it I had to pay…The company is a big cheater company although they gave me 500rs discount in next bill for 12 months I lost faith from reliance…
      In 2010 when MNP started we all group around 28 numbers (including our office staff) took.idea cellular till date no bill issue & cc care is also very nice..

  • pradeep March 11, 2014 2:06 pm

    why couldn’t reliance sale Indian manufacturer hand set and make the price a mid range ,, so that cdma could once again flourish in Indian market…
    but superb offer
    Good if the same strategies has been followed by mts too :)
    Hope now its time for me to move from mts to reliance :) :)

  • Nikhil March 11, 2014 12:12 pm

    Good offer by Rcom. True unlimited voice,sms & high speed data with HTC is definatly good deal. I calculated the overall deal. If i purchase HTC one online on EMI for its cost will be around Rs. 45000 and Reliance EMI total value is Rs. 69000 for HTC one. Actual we are paying 24000 thousand more for this deal in which you are getting true unlimited voice,sms,data,roming. All these services in Rs. 1000/month.
    Only I want to confirm from Rudra, Can i port my existing number to grab this deal?

    • imahesh March 11, 2014 12:22 pm

      Yes you can port and get offer.

  • imahesh March 11, 2014 12:08 pm

    Great move by RCOM
    and this state that
    RCOM eyes on next CDMA spectrum.
    RCOM need to add budget EVDO phones as soon as possible because it has better PAN India network compared with any 3G network.
    provide at least 2GB in Rs. 100 per month.
    RCOM need to force Phone manufactures to build EVDO phones same as Verizon doing in USA.

  • karan March 11, 2014 11:41 am

    Oh !!! it is great to hear suck kind of offer. However, to keep cdma surviving, mmid-range mobiles should be launched. otherwise offer is very exciting