Reliance Jio procuring smartphones from ZTE for Lyf handset brand: Credit Suisse

Chinese handset maker ZTE is currently making VoLTE-ready 4G smartphones for Reliance Jio’s Lyf handset brand, a report by Credit Suisse revealed. The report also said that all the ZTE devices made for Jio’s Lyf brand are powered by Qualcomm chipsets. Currently, only Qualcomm chipsets support VoLTE functionality.


Reliance Jio Infocomm is the only pan-Indian 4G operator, and it has recently started beta-testing 4G network by issuing connections to employees and their families. There are total four smartphones aptly named- LYF Water 1, LYF Water 2, LYF Water 3 and LYF Earth 1 are released by Lyf brand. Currently, these handsets are rolled out to its employees and would soon be available to the customers.

Jio plans to sell these handsets via their Reliance Retail stores as well as online. The partnership talks are going on with leading eCommerce websites like Flipkart and Snapdeal, according to media reports. Jio, according to Credit Suisse, has recommended a list of about 20 smartphone models across vendors that support its VoLTE service.

Also read: Reliance Jio VoLTE works seamlessly with other operator networks: Credit Suisse

The other vendors currently supporting Reliance Jio’s services include Samsung, LG, Lenovo and ZTE. The cheapest recommended phone currently is the Intex Aqua 4G, which is priced under $130. While this range and price points of handset models is underwhelming for a market like India, the firm believes more handsets across vendors and price points will be supported in coming weeks.

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December 16, 2015 5:16 am 5:16 AM

Reliance Jio small-scale 4G launch likely by December end; pan-India launch may be in April-June 2016: BoFA-ML

December 15, 2015 6:32 pm 6:32 PM

even mediatek chipset supports vo Lte … it just need software upgrade


December 15, 2015 5:11 pm 5:11 PM

OT: Currently Vodafone in bengal offering 2G net [email protected]/28day, [email protected]/14d, [email protected]/28d e.t.c

3g Net [email protected]/28d
[email protected]/28d
[email protected]/7d e.t.c

Can any Voda user confirm me..if they offer it consistantly or not??
am planning to port in.

December 15, 2015 8:28 pm 8:28 PM

Yes I am using these offers for more than 4 months. I have lives in dankuni(Kolkata circle). I have 2 Vodafone 1 is Bengal n other 1 is Kolkata circle no. Kolkata number have pathetic expensive offers but Bengal no. have lots of offers like u said.Thanks just go ahead.

December 15, 2015 9:38 pm 9:38 PM

How much speed u get in 2G?

December 15, 2015 8:07 pm 8:07 PM
For last 4 months i am getting 600 MB 3g instead of official 300 MB for 28 days in 102/- as per their double data / double validity promotions. The pricing you talking are all promotional and can be taken off any time. In my case they have-not stopped the offer as my mother uses it and she never uses more than 200 MB per month. The moment you start using 600. MB they would stop that offer as this is number specific random offers :p This is not a good reason to port in. Overall qualitywise it is good… Read more »
Maaz Kalim
December 16, 2015 1:17 pm 1:17 PM

+1 for the “shouting” and [ignorant] “British company” remarks!!! 😀

December 16, 2015 1:23 am 1:23 AM

What do you mean by 100 times better than Airtel???? Do they provide 320 kbps mp3 sound using dolby digital plus 7.1 speakers????

Maaz Kalim
December 16, 2015 12:54 pm 12:54 PM

Enh?? What the role does “Dolby Digital Plus” speakers have to play in connection to the bandwidth speed?? :s Kindly throw some light.

December 16, 2015 7:32 pm 7:32 PM

7.1 speakers have role to provide best sound quality if the bandwidth is already 100 times more than airtel….actually I mean to say that searching for quality in 2g voice call is just a foolishness. Sound quality in all operator is like 16 kbps mono sound and it is just ok if there is no interruption in call.

December 15, 2015 9:42 pm 9:42 PM

Well, I am using two idea sim thinking about porting one of these sim. Last few days, I am seeing vodafone giving almost similar and some time even better data offer than idea.
So, I want to use voda and idea alternatively.