Apple, RIL to ink iPhone sourcing deal to support Jio 4G services: Report

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly finalised a long-term sourcing deal with Reliance Industries, under which the world’s second largest smartphone maker will supply VoLTE-capable iPhones directly to Reliance Jio, the telecom venture of RIL, the Economic Times reported.

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Cook, who is currently on his maiden trip to India, has also worked out an enterprise solutions deal with RIL. The ET report said that Reliance wants to deploy enterprise software developed jointly by Apple and IBM for Reliance Retail, which has about 120,000 outlets in India.

The report, however, said that Cook has given the nod to the strategic relationship, while no agreement has been signed so far. Jio, which is currently offering services to people through and employee-drive invite system, is also looking at bundling its data services with the iPhone to expand penetration of the device in India.

The Apple CEO also reportedly pushed for Apple Pay to be used in Reliance Retail stores. During his trip to Mumbai, Cook met a number of executives from different companies, including Vodafone’s Sunil Sood, Tata Group’s Cyrus Mistry, and ICICI Bank’s Chanda Kochar.

Cook also inaugurated development center for Maps in Hyderabad, which will hire around 4,000 employees over a period of time. He will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the week.

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Niraj Sanjana
May 21, 2016 7:55 am 7:55 AM

Offtopic I got new jio sim with lyf phone but it’s better doesn’t last for more than 3 -4 hours. I got iphone6 and tried to use jio sim but not able to use. If any one is using please help.

Sahil Shah
May 20, 2016 6:15 pm 6:15 PM

Guys I have Iphone 6.. Accidently I droped and now have cracked camera lens.. Camera is working fine but I get light reflection at night. They are asking me to pay 25000 for repairing only the glass.. Is there any other way to replace it? I went to a retailer and he said he will charge rs 400 for only glass.. But my phone is in warranty so dont want to give it to him.. Any idea guys??

May 21, 2016 10:57 pm 10:57 PM

iPhone 6 sells for around 35K now online. You should at least get 10-15K for your old one if you sell on OLX as it works perfectly except for the minor camera crack.

So in reality you can buy a new one with full warranty for 25k instead of giving that money to Apple and get a refurbished one.

Sachin Ghulyani
May 20, 2016 7:28 pm 7:28 PM

25k for the camera unit only, when you can get a new iphone 6 for 40k! Ridiculous, to call it the least.

Sahil Shah
May 20, 2016 11:17 pm 11:17 PM

I did confirm with Apple. They said 25k for new or refurbished phone. So they will replace the phone. But i guess after paying around 47k 7 months ago i wont be paying 25k. I will get it repaired for Rs 400 from local shop after my warranty is over. My mistake was not taking Apple care +.. Its a type of insurance where even physical damage is covered..

May 20, 2016 7:09 pm 7:09 PM

Rs. 25K just to repaid the camera .. OMG !

better get it fixed from a local vendor ..

Sahil Shah
May 20, 2016 6:16 pm 6:16 PM

Apple said they need to change the whole unit.. Has anyone repaired before?

Ranajit
May 20, 2016 3:14 pm 3:14 PM

There are START UP Companies in INDIA & There are SCREWED UP Companies in India.
Guess in which category JIO is!!!

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