Reliance JioPhone is finally available for purchase and the bookings start from 5:30 PM today i.e. August 24th. Although the deliveries will start in the first week of September, you can book your device now. The phone will be sold on first-come first-serve basis at an effectively free price. Read to know the full details about JioPhone’s booking process and other essential information regarding the launch.
JioPhone Launch Time
JioPhone is available for purchase via online and offline retailers. The bookings will commence from 5:30 PM onwards on the MyJio app, the official Relaince Jio website and through multiple offline channels which are authorised by Jio.
JioPhone Booking Procedure
You might have the MyJio app already if you are a Jio user and you can use the app to book a JioPhone. Simply open the app and there’ll be a header introducing the JioPhone. To book the phone, you need to tap on the ‘Prebook Now’ button. In the next step, you will need to provide the phone number, your area’s pin code and then press ‘Proceed’.
Once you are done with the procedure, you will get a Booking ID on the app and alternatively in the SMS inbox of the phone number you provided. You will need to preserve this Booking ID and present this while receiving the delivery from the retailer.
JioPhone Booking for Family or Friends
In case you need to book a JioPhone for your friend or family, follow the same procedure but this time include the phone number and pin code of the receiver. The Booking ID will also be sent to the phone number of the person for whom you are booking the phone.
Although the phone is effectively free, a security deposit of Rs. 1500 has to be made. This payment will be probably in two phases, Rs. 500 shall be payable during the booking and the remaining amount during delivery of the device. All of the money will be refunded back to the buyers after 3 years. According to Reliance Jio, this deposit is made mandatory to avoid “potential misuse” of the offering.
The JioPhone will feature a few pre-loaded Jio apps including JioCinema, JioMusic, and even JioTV. Some other popular services might have their apps on the JioPhone as well. It was earlier reported that a separate version of WhatsApp might be in works but no concrete developments on that front has surfaced as of yet.
Your phone’s delivery date might depend upon how early you book the phone. Thus, if you want to get your hands on the JioPhone soon, book it as early as possible. Reliance claims it has made arrangements for 5 million devices every week. It will be interesting to see whether the company manages to meet expectations of the rising demand of the phone.