Airtel Partners with Karbonn and launches 4G VoLTE smartphone

Reliance JioPhone effect: Airtel partners with Karbonn to launch 4G smartphone at Rs 1399

The caveat, however, is that one needs to keep recharging for 18 months and with this, they will get a cashback of Rs 500. Yes in all likelihood you can use the new device from Airtel like any other entry-level Android phone with no restrictions whatsoever on apps or services that can be accessed. If making calls, and the wide range of Jio's services appeal to you then the JioPhone with its effectively free pricing is the phone for you.

In a bid to steal the thunder from Reliance's affordable-yet-smart 4G VoLTE-capable feature phone, the JioPhone (first impressions), leading telecom operator Airtel has just launched its own 'Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone' initiative to offer 4G smartphones by partnering with phone makers.

Note that Reliance Jio is taking a security deposit of Rs 1,500, which is refundable after three years. It looks like a feature phone but functions nearly like a smartphone. It is powered by a dual-core SoC running at clock speed of 1GHz, paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage, expandable via a microSD card. You will get cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1000 after 36 months.

Airtel was in the new for quite sometime when we heard that the company is about to launch 4G VoLTE powered Android smartphone at an affordable price. There's a 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera.

The Karbonn smartphone that Airtel is using is the Karbonn A40 and comes with dual SIM slots.

Should you go for Karbonn A40 Indian or JioPhone?

Unlike the keypad-based Reliance JioPhone, Airtel branded Karbonn A40 Indian offers better user-experience as the latter is a full-screen Android mobile and supports all the apps on Google Play store, including YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp.

It was back in August when Airtel announced its plans of joining hands with smartphone manufacturers to take on the JioPhone.

What do you think about this offering from Airtel and Karbonn? It comes with a 4-inch touchscreen display, a 1,400 mAh battery, 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage (expandable to 32GB).

It's a ideal fitting answer to JioPhone which is sold by collecting Rs 1500 as security deposit at first. The features like media streaming and NFC payment place JioPhone ahead of any other feature phone. Jio's Rs 153 plan offers 500MB data per day for 28 days (prepaid users), and until bill cycle for postpaid users. Because the 0.5GB data is not useful for high-end video usage or other applications, the phone user will be forced to make more payment for using additional data on the 4G network. In case of Airtel, you will be charged once you've reached your data limit for the day.

Similarly to return within 24 months you need to pay Rs 1000 plus GST and within 36 months you need to pay an early return charges of Rs 500 plus GST. Local, STD, and roaming voice calls as well as SMS are free on Jio's network.

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