JioPhone 2 Launched with QWERTY Keyboard for Rs 2999, Supports WhatsApp & Facebook

Reliance Jio Phone 2

Reliance Jio Phone 2

RIL announced the launch of Ji GigaFiber - the company's FTTH home broadband service - alongside the JioPhone 2 announcement.

Jio has already invested over Rs 250,000 crore for creating the state-of-the-art digital infrastructure to provide mobile and broadband connectivity across the country, with the largest fiber footprint, Ambani noted. Jio GigaFiber will be extended to homes, merchants, small and medium enterprises, and large enterprises simultaneously across 1100 cities.

His ambitious foray into fibre-based broadband would be "the most advanced" in the country, Ambani told shareholders at Reliance's annual general meeting.

Our view: The launch of Jio GigaFiber has the potential to transform the fixed-line broadband industry in India. The company said that on August 15th, users will be able to register interest for the service. During his address, Chairman Mukesh Ambani informed that Jio's broadband services would be made available in 1,100 cities in India. Since Jio is a greenfield player and has a complete ecosystem offering multiple services like Jio health/education, Jio TV, 3D VR streaming and smart home accessories, it will have an edge against the current broadband services providers. Reliance is bringing WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube to the Jio Phone. Its successor, the JioPhone 2 is priced at Rs.2,999.

During the address, Ambani also stated that Jio GigaFiber-based smart home technology will be installed at one's house in less than an hour.

The new Jio Phone 2 will hit the markets by August 16 this year and will be available at a price of Rs. 2999. Think mean ultra-high definition entertainment on your large screen TV, multi-party video conferencing from the comfort of your home, voice-activated virtual assistance, smart home solutions where 100s of devises like security cameras, home appliances and even light switches can be securely controlled by owners using a smartphone - even from outside the home - and more. It will also give them access to Jio's app suite. The JioGigaFiber is going to come with its own router, and along with that, the users will get the bundled Jio GigaTV, the 4K enabled media streaming box. In essence, you can exchange your old JioPhone for a new one for just Rs 501.

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