Mukesh Ambani has finally decided to terminate the free services Jio has been offering for the past six months. At a press conference today, Reliance has announced that Jio’s tariff plans will be live starting from April 1st, meaning the complementary period will continue throughout March as planned. Under each plan, though, domestic calls will be entirely free of cost and Jio promises to offer at least 20% more data than what other operators provide under each plan.
Furthermore, Mr. Ambani revealed a series of interesting facts about Jio, and here are some of them.
- The subscriber base has crossed over 100 Million users in merely 170 days.
- Moreover, Jio has enrolled roughly seven customers every second
- They have 2 times the number of 4G base stations when compared to all the other Indian operators put together.
- In terms of 4G data usage, users have consumed over 100 Crore GB every month translating to 3.3 Crore GB a day, and 5.5 Crore hours of video streaming daily. These actions have led to crowning India as the leader in mobile data usage worldwide. Before Sep 2016, India was No. 151 in terms of broadband penetration.
- Reliance Jio promises to cover 99% of Indian population by end of 2017 in terms of the network coverage.
Additionally, Mukesh Ambani revealed the Jio Prime package under which subscribers can utilize the unlimited benefits up to March 2018 for Rs 303 per month (Rs 10 per day). Users who have been enrolled before March 31st are only allowed to register for this at Jio’s official website or retail stores. This package will also include all the entertainment services Jio owns for movies, TV shows, or music. Customers can apply for number portability in seconds through the Aadhar integration Jio employs which is quite commendable.
However, the primary highlight once the free offers end will be how reliable Jio’s 4G network becomes. As currently, it has been known to several connection issues, and call hiccups throughout the country. Also, even with Jio Prime membership offer, how many of the 100 million+ subscribers choose to pay monthly and continue to be active subscribers. That remains to be seen.