Bharti Airtel, the leading telecom operator in India today extended its partnership with itel Mobiles under the company's ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative. Under the partnership, Airtel is offering Rs 1,500 on two of itel's popular 4G enabled smartphones- the itel A40 4G and the itel A41. Both the smartphones are originally priced at Rs 4,599 and Rs 4,699, but with Airtel's Rs 1,500 cashback, the effective price of both the devices come down to Rs 3,099 and Rs 3,199.
itel Mobiles launched both these smartphones last year. After the effective price, the itel A40 becomes the cheapest smartphone with a fingerprint scanner. Also with both the devices, customers can enjoy the Rs 169 tariff plan, which provides them 500MB of data, unlimited voice calls for 28 days.
Ajai Puri, COO - Bharti Airtel said “We are delighted to partner itel as we expand our range of affordable 4G smartphones with an aim to enable every Indian to own a 4G smartphone and be a part of the digital revolution. Airtel now has the largest partner ecosystem of device manufacturers, and we thank our partners for sharing our vision of smartphone for every Indian.”
To avail the offer, customers need to purchase the smartphones at original rates. They need to make a down payment of Rs 4,599 for the itel A40 and Rs 4,699 for the itel A41. The cashback benefit of Rs 1,500 will be given to customers over a period of 36 months.
At the end of 18 months, customers who have done recharges (in any denomination of their choice) worth Rs 3,000 will be eligible for the first cashback instalment of Rs 500. They will be eligible for the second instalment of Rs 1,000 provided they complete another set of recharges worth Rs 3,000 over the next 18 months. This is the same procedure for all the smartphones under Mera Pehla Smartphone initiative.
It is also to be noted that itel will be providing the after-sales support and the ownership of the smartphone completely lies with the customer, unlike Reliance JioPhone which you need to submit to Jio after three years.