Airtel Smartphone To Rival Jio’s Feature Phone For The Same Price

Jio’s featurephone was another brave move (although gimmicky) from the operator which comes with cashback at the end of contract period. While what Jio is offering is a plain featurephone which can also access Jio’s internet services, Airtel will be offering a proper 4G smartphone for the same price (after cash back).

Airtel has partnered with Karbonn, one of Indian phone makers to offer its smartphone. The smartphone is pretty basic in terms of specs is targeted at first time buyers. Nonetheless, it is far better than what Jio has on offer. Airtel will also be offering cashback like Jio. However, terms for cashback are far more straightforward and transparent than Jio’s. Buyers will need to make down payment of Rs.2899. Thereafter, users need to make recharge for Rs.169 for 36 months. After 18 months purchase, users will get Rs.500 cashback and after 36 months, they will get another Rs.1000. This makes effective price of the handset Rs.1,399 against its current selling price of Rs.3,499.

During and after the period of 36 months, there is no restriction on the handset or its usage in any way. Its ownership remains with the user and both the SIM slots are open. So the users are free to choose another operator at any point in time.

And finally, the math part:

Rs.2,899 (DP) + Rs.6000 (Rs.169*36) – Rs.1,500 = 7,400.

The specsheet:

Model

Karbonn A40 Indian

Screen

4 inches touch screen allowing for a great video, online and social media experience 

Software

Android 7.0 Nougat. The latest open ecosystem offers access to all apps on Google Playstore, including YouTube, WhatsApp, Facebook and much more

Preloaded Airtel apps

MyAirtel, Airtel TV, Wynk Music that offer digital self-serve and exciting digital content 

Processor, Battery

1.3 GhZ processor, 1400 mah battery

RAM

1 GB, allowing smooth running of multiple applications

ROM

8GB (expandable upto 32 GB, offering ample storage for multiple apps, songs, pictures and video)

SIM

Dual SIM Slots (both Open)

Camera

Dual Camera. Rear – 2 MP and Front – 0.3 MP

Network support

4G/3G/2G with support for Airtel VoLTE, offering seamless voice and data connectivity over Airtel’s nationwide network

Connectivity

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GP