Reliance JioPhone Faces Tough Competition from Micromax Bharat 1, Intex Aqua Lions N1, and More

Planning to book Reliance JioPhone? If you are going for an entry-level 4G smartphone, Indian telecom operators Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL too have come up with their cheap smartphones. Reliance Jio launched JioPhone as part of company’s efforts to encourage 2G subscribers to jump onto the 4G bandwagon. Reliance is said to be shipping more than six million Jio Phone handsets starting for zero rupees. Targetting JioPhone, Airtel unveiled three new smartphones that come with similar cost-effective offers.


Airtel’s Intex Aqua Lions N1

In an effort to counter JioPhone, Bharti Airtel announced a partnership with home-based Intex to offer a low-cost 4G smartphone at an “effective price” of Rs 1,649. Airtel also launched two other smartphones – Aqua A4 and Aqua S3 – that come at effective prices of Rs 1,999 and Rs 4,379, respectively.


The Aqua Lions N1 starts at Rs 3,149 which comes down to a price of Rs 1,649 if you recharge from Airtel number. After making a down payment of Rs 3,149, you’ll have to do 36 monthly renewals of Rs 169 per month recharge plan. Airtel gives you the flexibility of taking any recharge options but Rs 3000 worth transactions must be done within first 18 months to claim a refund of Rs 500. Another Rs 3000 recharges over the next 18 months will give you a second allowance of Rs 1000.

Intex Aqua Lions N1 Specs: An MTK chipset coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage powers the Aqua Lions N1. On the front is a 4-inch full touch WVGA display. As for optics, the Lions N1 features 2MP rear sensor and VGA camera for selfies. The device comes with dual SIM as well microSD slot for storage expansion up to 128GB.

Vodafone’s Bharat 2 Ultra

Vodafone India, tied up with Indian phone maker Micromax to launch a 4G smartphone at an ‘effective price’ of Rs 999. Bharat-2 Ultra starts for Rs 2,899. Vodafone, however, is offering cashback to consumers who stick around for over three years.


The buyer has to make recharges worth at least Rs. 150 per month for 36 months to avail the offer. After in first 18 months, consumers will get Rs. 900 in their Vodafone M-Pesa wallet. And another Rs. 1,000 after the completion of the next 18 months. The price of the handset comes down to Rs. 999 following the cashback. This scheme works similar to the Airtel’s Mera Pehla Smartphone scheme.

Bharat 2 Ultra Specs: Micromax’s Bharat 2 Ultra runs a 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832 processor with 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage under the hood. Other specs include WVGA display and 1300-mAh battery. As for cameras, there is 2MP rear sensor and VGA camera up front and features modes such as scene, frame, and burst. The device runs Android Marshmallow operating system.

BSNL’s Micromax Bharat-1

BSNL too partnered with Micromax launch Bharat-1, a 4G feature phone. Starting for Rs 2,200, the Bharat-1 offers “unlimited” voice calling and “unlimited” high-speed data at Rs. 97 recharge plan. BSNL is offering unlimited local/STD plus roaming along with 5GB high-speed data and 84kbps speed post FUP speed.


Micromax Bharat-1 Specs: Micromax Bharat-1 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, 4GB internal storage, and microSD support. A 2000mAh battery gives juice to the phone, and it comes with a 2MP camera and a VGA shooter in front. Micromax said the dual-SIM handset supports 22 local languages and provides buyers access to 100 live TV channels.

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Aakash Hinduja
December 11, 2017 12:22 am 12:22 AM

Reliance RCom 2G had shutdown pan india on 1st december 2017. Rcom 3G and 4G will continue. I have recharged with Rcom 3G Rs 89 pack which gives 28GB at 3G speed for 28 days, i.e 1GB per day at 3G speed at 6 to 8mbps in Rcom Mumbai 3G GSM.

December 9, 2017 10:16 pm 10:16 PM

Guys, anybody using Rcom 4G data network ????? Or its network is empty now…

Are people able to recharge their sims for 4G plan???? Or should we consider the permanent end of RCOM… RIP….

Kanaga Deepan N, Sivakasi (T.N.)
December 10, 2017 11:23 am 11:23 AM

ChoRCom themselves told that they are closing wireless business and continue only enterprise segment for data cards. So no question of prepaid continuation.

Adithya Vardhan
December 10, 2017 9:05 am 9:05 AM

My RGSM sim became inactive in November and the network is dead. Not getting 4G sinal too.
It’s dead.

December 9, 2017 11:40 pm 11:40 PM

RGSM?. Is it still existing?. Lol.

December 10, 2017 8:34 am 8:34 AM

at my area reliance 2g 3g 4g all works incoming calls and internet also work my data expire on yesterday so insert the sim to check the status and consume all my data nearly 900 mb speed is nearly 4 to 6 mbs in 3g but my pack dont work with 4g only incoming calls is testing for outing ivr said you dont have enough balance pls Recharge your account

Jyotirmoy Manna, Howrah-Kolkata
December 11, 2017 4:07 pm 4:07 PM


Adithya Vardhan
December 10, 2017 1:13 pm 1:13 PM

Which circle?

December 10, 2017 7:36 pm 7:36 PM


December 10, 2017 1:03 pm 1:03 PM

How is this possible???? They were suppose to shut down on 30th Nov….

December 9, 2017 7:16 pm 7:16 PM

Porting out from Jio… To many calls go blank in between.. Also at some places cannot place a call at all. Phone has full coverage. Bangalore

December 10, 2017 5:02 pm 5:02 PM

Discontinued my 5 Jio numbers from this month … Rubbish network … Pathetic Optimisation Engineers … Actually I think most of the people of Jio are freshers actually … They don’t have any clue what they are doing with their towers…. We all moved to Vodafone and Idea … It’s far better than Jio here … A smartphone with a Jio sim is like having a landline … You have to stand in front of their tower to use data and call

December 11, 2017 8:18 am 8:18 AM

Jio network is patchy ….. 1 year plus has passed and No solution provided by Jio. ….

Don’t have any other 4G network at my place

December 10, 2017 10:58 pm 10:58 PM

Jio network team is worst, those people don’t know how to optimiz network.

Very pathetic network . It is another rcom within few months.

December 9, 2017 10:09 pm 10:09 PM

Please.reply once you have ported out and tell us the difference.

December 9, 2017 9:15 pm 9:15 PM

Jio network is too worst in Bangalore now. they have sufficient towers for coverage but speed is worst. Tower is just 200 meter distance but speed is 1mbps only on 850mhz no 2300 MHz signal inside building.

I have four Sims now planning to quit jio service..very worst network in India.. vodafone is far better than Jio in Bangalore.

December 10, 2017 1:23 pm 1:23 PM

Jio network is too worst in Kolkata now…
I think they are you interesting to investment on their network….

December 10, 2017 10:08 am 10:08 AM

@Anil In Bangalore Vodafone is better when compared to jio .. I’m getting 15 Mbps throughout the day..!!

December 11, 2017 6:41 am 6:41 AM

@siddu. Yes no doubt vodafone is better in Bangalore and they provide constant speed on 3g network in city and 2g outside city areas..

Far better than Jio’s unstable network..

mausam singh
December 10, 2017 7:50 am 7:50 AM

I get good speed on band 40

December 10, 2017 3:03 am 3:03 AM

Jio has to improve as a 4G network. Indoor speeds are not good. I stay at Goregaon in Mumbai. Outdoor speeds are good. But indoor speeds dont even load web pages. Even the Tata Photon max wifi gives the speed around 3 mbps. Jio hovers around less that 1 mbps. Airtel network has deteriorated . Idea is not reliable in Mumbai. Vodafone is good. Though 4G network of Vodafone is not reliable, Its 3G speeds are good…

December 11, 2017 1:21 pm 1:21 PM

I also stay in gorwgaon. What’s your Jio no. Can we petition together to Jio appellate to improve their network?

December 10, 2017 3:12 pm 3:12 PM

What is your smartphone?

December 10, 2017 7:40 pm 7:40 PM

Honor 8 pro.

Kirti Khurana
December 9, 2017 11:16 pm 11:16 PM

Add Delhi to the list too.

saket kewate
December 9, 2017 10:16 pm 10:16 PM

Mr anil.

I dont agree.

Jio network is still usable. Only problem is those Tower which are handling beyond capacity and jio doenst do any improvement in those areas.

My place, tower is 100meter, and i get full signal of 850 and 2300mhz. Average speed is 6mbps.

Please which Network you are talking about, I had very bad experience with VODAFONE 2G after happily using it for 3.5 years.

Cant comment on voadone 3g/4g network in banglore.

December 10, 2017 9:00 am 9:00 AM
I used to get 2300 band signal and 15mbps speed inside my home till one month before. I was too happy to use this service but what is happening to their network team? Why are they not serious to monitor network constantly? I doubt somebody bribe their people to deteriorate network. Or they are not trained people to fix antennas and better optimization.. I got stupid answer from customer care people telling a new tower will setup in 90 days, I told them there are plenty towers in my area and one is just 200 mtr distance.. But those idiots… Read more »
December 9, 2017 10:14 pm 10:14 PM
I am using Vodafone as secondary sim in bangalore.. Do you want to know its performance. In the night i get lighting 800kbps on its 4G network with best coverage… Speed touches 10 mbps in morning and afternoon only… Still want to be vodafone…? Primary sim is Jio and i am happy. brother one advice to you.. Now moving forward you will only have 4 choices(Jio, Airtel, Vodafone-idea & BSNL) . I am omitting BSNL from network choice if 4G is your take… Then out of 3 Bangalore has only two operator left with best 4G coverage(Jio and Airtel) .… Read more »
December 9, 2017 9:30 pm 9:30 PM

very good Mr,anil
come fast throw the Jio sim, at least some good jio get good speed
go with british company.

December 10, 2017 10:25 am 10:25 AM

@Thilak no operator provides services at free of cost whether its an Indian company or East Indian company (British)..!!

December 9, 2017 10:46 pm 10:46 PM

Thilak – Even if only one user is there connected to Jio tower, it will give speeds in kbps- that’s how the condition is. And God bless if in any emergency your call doesn’t connect. Friends having Airtel/Vodafone not facing any such issue.

Jio is not good in Bangalore. Better to move to other provider that gives quality service at same or better rates.

December 10, 2017 12:04 pm 12:04 PM

Mahesh .
Every operator have some positive and some negative.
Jio is just one year before baby.
They do their best best in one year.
But avoid group started 20 years back
And that group suck much money
From public already.

Please think about their too many packages

Top up
Rate cutter
Isd pack
SMS pack
Roming pack
Caller tune pack
Some auto deduction without informing.

This month suck packs are killed now
Jio only operator kill this all packs

If Jio charge too much in future
We hurt Jio also

December 10, 2017 2:23 pm 2:23 PM
Raj, I also appreciate Jio in disrupting the telecom market.. earlier I used to pay around 450 for 1 GB data on Vodafone postpaid. Now the same rate gives around 1.5-2 GB per day and I appreciate Jio for bringing down the rates. I am with Jio since July 2016 using lyf handset. Speeds were awesome then, but now it is average. Also my main crib is that of voice call issues which they are not bothered to fix. Coverage is better though. Let us see if they fix after I send port message. But I doubt considering issues are… Read more »
December 10, 2017 8:47 pm 8:47 PM


wait some time , things will get solved

December 10, 2017 10:53 am 10:53 AM

Same problem here in Kolkata. Speed of Jio is literally pathetic, surprisingly Airtel has improved a lot.

Manoj Singh
December 10, 2017 9:36 am 9:36 AM

Well, here in Hyderabad airtel and Vodafone are on terrible conditions however jio is still working. Airtel might show 5++ Mbps however doesn’t open even Google website but jio with 1 Mbps is able to stream youtube and other browsing easily.

So im keeping both sim as im yet to get any super network which is 100% perfect. I don’t think any improvement is going to happen nearby.

December 10, 2017 8:39 am 8:39 AM

It’s actually the opposite. My friends are preferring to call via jio since the call connects instantly and no issues with connectivity. It’s the call to other operators which are now a days becoming worse. Most of the time calls to voda and idea are not connecting as it is saying that the phone is not reachable. My friends phone is actually having signal and is latched to voda 4G but still it says not reachable. I don’t know much about airtel as no one in my circle uses it here in pune.