Archive for May, 2018

Reliance Jio’s JioPhone Emerges as a Leader in the Global Feature Phone Market

May 25, 2018

JioPhone, the 4G feature phone launched by Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, the telecom arm of the Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has emerged as the global leader in the feature phone market. With a market share of 15% during the quarter from January to March 2018, JioPhone has made its presence felt in the global feature phone market. This information was disclosed in a new report released by Counterpoint, a research company, on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Moreover, the report stated that the regular shipment of the JioPhone is a key factor, which has contributed towards the annual growth of the feature phone market by 38%, during the quarter from January to March 2018.

Details of the Counterpoint report

The Counterpoint report stated that every year approximately half-a-billion feature phones are sold, which cater to the needs of around two billion global feature phone users. The report further mentioned that this is still a big market with a varied customer base, which still prefers using feature phones in comparison to smartphones. As per the report, India is a huge contributor towards the growth of the global feature phone market. The report added that India has solely contributed around 43 percent of the total shipments of feature phones during the first quarter of 2018. The report concluded by stating that in the era of smartphones, the modest feature phone still has the chance to take advantage of a huge market, as it has great potential.

Features of JioPhone

The JioPhone comes with a single GSM SIM option and it accepts a Nano-SIM. It comes with a RAM of 512MB. It has an internal storage of 4GB, which can be expanded up to a maximum of 128GB, with the help of a microSD card. It operates on the KaiOS operating system and is powered by a removable battery, which has a capacity of 2000mAh. It has a screen size of 2.40 inches and a resolution of 240 X 320. The screen of JioPhone is protected by a glass that is ‘scratch resistant.’ JioPhone has two cameras, which include a 0.3-megapixel front camera to click selfies and a 2-megapixel rear camera at the back. Its key connectivity options include Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, 4G, and FM. It is powered by a dual-core processor of 1.2GHz. It supports Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE), wherein users can make voice calls on a 4G network. It comes with various pre-installed mobile applications (apps) such as JioChat, JioTV, JioCinema, JioGames, JioMusic, and JioShare, among others. It supports 22 Indian languages.

About Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio Infocomm limited, popularly known as Reliance Jio is the telecom subsidiary of RIL. It started operations by launching the Reliance Jio SIM card in September 2016. In July 2017, it launched JioPhone. The library of Reliance Jio comprises of movies, events, live and recorded music, sports, and live television shows, among others.

Summary

Reliance Jio emerges as a leader in the global feature phone market, with a market share of 15% during the quarter from January to March 2018.

Reliance Jio Announces Collaborations with Screenz and Whistling Woods International

May 18, 2018

Reliance Jio, the telecom ventures of the Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has made an announcement of two new collaborations. The telecom entity has collaborated with Screenz, an entertainment-oriented interactivity platform, and Whistling Woods International, one of Asia’s leading creative arts, film, and communication institute. It has partnered with Screenz to add gamification while the partnership with Whistling Woods International is to support the development of virtual reality workflow in India.

Details of the Reliance Jio-Screenz collaboration

Reliance Jio had made an announcement on Thursday, May 17, 2018, about its collaboration with Screenz. The collaboration is named as ‘Jio Screenz.’ The purpose behind this collaboration is to add gamification in Reliance Jio’s existing platform. Reliance Jio stated that with Jio Screenz it would make its presence felt as an integrated provider of entertainment-oriented gamification in the country.

About the Jio Screenz platform

Jio Screenz is a platform, which enables a real-time interactive communication between the viewers and broadcasters in the form of votes, polls, and quizzes during a television show. This platform can be facilitated on any digital app with a Software Development Kit (SDK) with support on Jio Kai OS, iOS, and Android. Jio Screenz will permit publishers and broadcasters to create content, which is engaging. As an interactive platform, it is expected to provide new advertising avenues and increased user engagement. Reliance Jio stated that Jio Screenz is its second platform when it comes to brand-engagement in an innovative manner. Reliance Jio had launched ‘JioInteract,’ its first Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based brand engagement platform a few days back.

Details of the Reliance Jio-Whistling Woods International partnership

Reliance Jio has announced that it has joined hands with Whistling Woods to guide the workflow of virtual reality in India. Both the partners, Reliance Jio and Whistling Woods International are set to establish a lab for the development of virtual reality, at the campus of Whistling Woods, located at Film City, Mumbai. Many activities would take place in the lab, which would include creating a new and evolving technology for augmented workflows and virtual reality. The lab will also take part in the global virtual reality community through its involvement in global conferences and membership in the global virtual reality industry forum.

The President of Reliance Jio, Jyotindra Thacker stated that the company has a strong belief that after film, television, and digital, virtual reality will be the fourth content platform. Thacker further stated that this lab would produce virtual reality filmmakers, who will start India’s virtual reality content ecosystem. He concluded that Reliance Jio would guide the creation and distribution of virtual reality content and thereby give the customers a cutting-edge experience.

Meghna Puri, the President of Whistling Woods International expressed delight on the strategic partnership with Reliance Jio. Puri further stated that Whistling Woods has always been a leader in welcoming and introducing the latest creative and technological innovations in the creative arts, media, and film domain, and the virtual reality lab, developed in collaboration with Reliance Jio, is another move in the same direction.

Summary

Reliance Jio announces partnerships with Screenz and Whistling Woods International.

Reliance Jio All Set to Launch JioPostpaid

May 11, 2018

Reliance Jio, the telecom division of the Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced on Thursday, May 10, 2018, that it is set to launch ‘JioPostpaid,’ which would include a series of various postpaid plans for subscribers. The ‘JioPostpaid’ plans will start at a price of INR 199 per month. These plans will come into effect from Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The key target audience for JioPostpaid is international travelers.

Pre-activation of services under JioPostpaid

Reliance Jio has stated that all postpaid facilities such as international calling, text messages, internet, and voice-calling would be pre-activated in the JioPostpaid plans. This indicates that when customers travel overseas, they need not ask the Jio customer care for the activation of these services repeatedly.

Various offers under JioPostpaid

There are four postpaid plans under JioPostpaid, from which customers can choose any one as per their suitability and convenience. The postpaid plans are offered at varied prices of INR 199, INR 575, INR 2,875, and INR 5,751.

The monthly-postpaid plan of INR 199 provides the customers with 25GB data. Along with data, this plan also offers free voice calls and unlimited text messages. Under this plan, the activation of ISD facilities would be done without any security deposit amount. In this plan, customers would be required to do one-click activation in order to activate the international roaming service without paying any security deposit.

Reliance Jio’s JioPostpaid plan of INR 575 offers the benefits of unlimited data, voice calls, and text messages to customers. Apart from these facilities, this plan also offers local calls in foreign countries, ISD calls from overseas destinations to India, and 250MB data on a daily basis. This plan has a validity of one day.

The INR 2,875 postpaid plan offered by Reliance Jio provides the facilities of unlimited text messages, data, and voice calls. Just like the INR 575 postpaid plan, this plan also offers 250MB data per day, local calls in international locations, and calls to India from foreign destinations. This plan has a validity period of seven days.

The INR 5,751 postpaid plan has a validity of 30 days. It offers the benefits of unlimited voice calling, text messages, and data. It offers 5GB data along with local calls in international countries and ISD calls to India from foreign locations.

Countries where JioPostpaid plans can be used

Customers traveling to countries such as Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, Italy, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Romania, Hungary, and the Philippines can make use of these postpaid plans.

Tariffs offered in JioPostpaid

The unlimited plan starts at INR 199 on a monthly basis. International calling cost starts from INR 0.50 while the cost of international roaming starts from INR 2, which includes INR 2 per text message, INR 2 per MB for internet data, and INR 2 per minute for voice calls.

How customers can avail of the JioPostpaid plan with the existing mobile number

Customers can use the mobile number portability option to switch to a JioPostpaid plan. Reliance Jio will provide the services of SIM activation and home delivery. Customers would need to complete the process of e-KYC.

Summary

Reliance Jio announces JioPostpaid plans starting at INR 199 per month.

Reliance Jio Announces the Launch of JioInteract

May 4, 2018

Reliance Jio, the telecom venture of the Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has made an announcement about the launch of JioInteract, the globe’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based platform for brand engagement. This announcement was made on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

About the JioInteract platform

Touted to be as the world’s very first AI platform for brand engagement, JioInteract is a video calling service wherein the users would get an opportunity to have a live interaction with the noted celebrities of India. In order to start with the launch activities, Reliance Jio has signed-up the biggest star of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan. The megastar will promote his upcoming flick ‘102 Not Out,’ a comedy-drama featuring himself and Rishi Kapoor. Bachchan will be seen promoting this upcoming movie in an extremely innovative manner through the JioInteract platform. Users will have the chance to interact with the superstar by asking questions related to his forthcoming film. They can also do the real-time booking of their tickets through BookMyShow, the ticketing partner of JioInteract.

Reliance Jio’s plan with the JioInteract platform

Reliance Jio has a user base of 150 million smartphone customers and more than 186 million subscribers. Its plan is to make JioInteract a key platform for brand engagement and promotion of movies. In order to enhance customer experience, Reliance Jio is set to launch services such as virtual showrooms, video catalog, and video call centers. JioInteract, as the world’s first AI platform in this aspect, will redefine what customers and brand think about the concept of engagement.

Steps to use the JioInteract platform

In order to make use of the JioInteract platform, firstly, the customers would need to download the MyJio mobile application (app). After downloading the mobile app, they need to click on the icon of JioInteract, which is in the app. After selecting the JioInteract icon, users can begin their video call and interact with Amitabh Bachchan. Moreover, users also have the option to share the experience about the video call with their friends and family by selecting the ‘Share’ option.

Key features of the JioInteract platform

JioInteract uses a strong AI-based platform, which helps to hear questions of the users and revert to these queries in the most suitable manner. Additionally, this platform features a distinctive feature of auto-learning, which helps in answering in an accurate manner. As a Video Call Bot as a Service (VCBaaS), JioInteract has multimedia capabilities to regularize the use of video calling and AI in the easiest manner. Such technology has a wide use in the ‘Business to Consumer’ (B2C) space to help businesses in brand engagement solutions.   

About Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio, apart from being the telecom entity of RIL, is also a digital ecosystem comprising of mobile apps, broadband networks, and smartphones distributed all over India. The media offerings of Reliance Jio include programs of live and recorded content related to sports, music, and events, along with television shows and movies.

Summary

Reliance Jio launches JioInteract, the globe’s first Artificial Intelligence platform for brand engagement and movie promotions.