Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Bharti Airtel & Karbonn Mobiles unveil low cost 4G smartphone to counter Jio

JioPhone Airtel partners with Karbonn to roll out 4G enabled feature phone; here's how much it costs
Garry Little | 12 October, 2017, 00:54

The Airtel's low-priced 4G Phone, Karbonn A40 is officially unveiled to counter the Reliance Jio's JioPhone.

This one of many partnerships Airtel is planning for offering affordable 4G smartphone bundles to give a push to "Digital India" initiative. We are delighted to partner with Karbonn to remove barriers to smartphone adoption and enable millions of Indians to leapfrog to a full touchscreen smartphone experience.

The A40 smartphone gets it juice from a battery capacity of 1400 mAh. The customer needs to make a down payment of Rs 2899 for the 4G smartphone and make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169. During the course of the next three years, the customer can claim a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1,000 after 36 months, but unlike the JioPhone the phone still remains the customer's property.

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The Karbonn A40 Indian has a market price of ₹3499, however, with Airtel's bundled offers, it's effective price turns becomes ₹1399. Both the Airtel and Jio 4G special plans on prepaid come with 28 days validity.

Karbonn A40 Indian, the Android-based 4G smartphone will be having dual SIM slots and access to apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube.

Airtel stated that its amalgamation with Karbonn was a component of its "Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone" activity, went for empowering each Indian to purchase a 4G smartphone and get onto the advanced superhighway.

The Google certified smartphone will be given to the customer at a down payment of Rs 2,899.

With Rs. 169 monthly subscription, the user will be able to enjoy unlimited phone calls and 500MB data per day for the whole month.

The Karbonn A40 sports a 2-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. But, you have to do recharges worth ₹3000 within the first 18 months to get cashback of ₹500, and then recharges worth ₹3000 again within the next 18 months to get the remaining ₹1000. The connectivity option includes Bluetooth, Wi-fi 802.11. If the user manages to continue recharging the device for 36 months, they'll get an additional sum of Rs 1,000. The company has also provided dual-sim card slot and a microSD card slot to increase the internal memory of the phone upto 32 GB.

After buying the Karbonn A40 Indian, you have to use an Airtel SIM and recharge it with the Airtel Rs. 169 plan to avail the offer. The telecom network also adds that the "ownership of the smartphone is completely with the customer and there is no need to return the device to Airtel/Karbonn at any point to claim the cash benefit". While Jio 4G aims to tap the feature phone users with its innovative device, Airtel is more focused on first-time smartphone users. The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS right out of the box.

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