Reliance Jio Wants JioPhone User Base to Turn 100 Million

Reliance Jio has shrugged off allegations which said that the Mukesh Ambani led telco was not manufacturing JioPhones locally in India, but instead was using alternative trade routes to bring in these devices to save on customs duties. The allegations were put forth by the TMA (The Mobile Association). Jio denied these allegations entirely and said that the devices are manufactured in India only. Bhupesh Raseen, chairman of the mobile advisory committee at TMA said in his statement to ET “JioPhone devices are not made in India. As per our understanding, JioPhone devices are all imported from China. The telecom service provider (Jio) is now planning to import large volumes via Indonesia to enjoy 0% customs duty.”

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Raseen further added that if the company were to use the already established trade pact of Asian – block of 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations – then the move would significantly hurt the government’s Make in India program.

To deal the matter with utmost priority, The Mobile Association (TMA) will also be speaking about the issue to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Notably, India has a mandatory custom duty of 20% on smartphones being imported from China.

Reliance Jio also has different plans, as announced earlier this month. The company said that the JioPhone would be sold for Rs 501 in exchange for any feature phone starting July 21. Also, in its Annual General Meeting on July 5, the company announced that it would launch the JioPhone 2, priced at Rs 2,999. With this move Reliance, Jio seeks to increase its JioPhone base from 25 million to 100 million.

A Jio spokesperson said “JioPhone 2 to be available at an introductory price of Rs 2,999 from August 15, 2018, is being manufactured in India. JioPhone is also manufactured locally in India now.”

However, despite Reliance Jio’s best interest, the Mobile Association is worried about the businesses of mobile vendors like Karbonn, Lava, Jivi Mobiles and more. It is of the opinion that if Reliance Jio is allowed to offer its phone at such prices, then the 100 other brands will be rendered “uncompetitive and unviable overnight”. TMA also added that if Reliance Jio is allowed to proceed unabatedly, then these vendors might even have to shut off their operations altogether.

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Adil Wadia
July 17, 2018 1:01 am 1:01 AM

Jio is unusable when travelling. Only if your usage is when your are stationary will Jio be the network of your choice. They have three bands and the phone keeps switching to a higher band but will not latch to Band 5 unless the higher bands are extremely poor in reception. This is also going to happen to AVOID when they start 4G on multiple bands. Unless the operator has a hefty chunk of spectrum like minimum 10 MHz on each band the subscribers are going to suffer poor quality of service using the device when mobile.

Terve
July 17, 2018 9:18 am 9:18 AM

I think this might be a regional thing. Jio worked perfectly while I was travelling around Northern India (Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Rajasthan and Delhi) although I gotta say that overall QoS of jio is quite poor. It works well in rural areas but in cities it’s a matter whether you are near a congested tower or a relatively free one.

Linto
July 16, 2018 5:13 pm 5:13 PM

Jio speeds are lower than 2g… waiting for 90 days to port out..

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SACHIN
July 16, 2018 6:09 pm 6:09 PM

cvrg is good try to use band lock and use diffrent bamd than this

Linto
July 16, 2018 9:38 pm 9:38 PM

That is a hefty task for a common man..

SACHIN
July 16, 2018 3:53 pm 3:53 PM

IN SATARA THERE IS SEMI URBAN CITY CALLED VADUJ WHERE JIO COVERAGE FULL ZERO BUT IN MY VILLAGE WHERE HARDLY 2 TO 3K PEOPLES THERE IS FULL JIO COVERAGE…DONT KNOW WHAT JIO USE STRATERGY BEFORE SETING UP BTS…

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
July 17, 2018 8:12 am 8:12 AM

What about Idea there?

SACHIN
July 17, 2018 11:23 am 11:23 AM

idea is king of coverage in mharashtra alp 2g 3g 4g avlbl

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