Last year, Google forged a deal worth 4.5 billion with Reliance Jio, the Indian telecom giant, to develop an Android-based operating system for entry-level smartphones. A few months back, the company announced that a brand-new 4G smartphone called JioPhone Next is in the works and will launch soon.

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As expected, Jio and Google today announced that the much-anticipated JioPhone Next, jointly designed by both companies, will be available in stores from Diwali.

Here’s everything you need to know about JioPhone Next and how to get your hands on one this festive season when it’s available.

How to Buy JioPhone Next

JioPhone Next will be available this Diwali (November 4) across India at Reliance Retail’s extensive network of JioMart Digital retail locations. There are a couple of payment options available (more on that in the FAQ below). If you’re interested in getting your hands on one, here’s what you need to do:

Step-1. Register your interest in JioPhone Next

First things first, you need to register your interest in JioPhone Next. You have a few different options to do this:

  • Visit your nearest JioMart Digital retailer
  • Head over to JioNext’s website and register your interest there
  • Send a ‘Hi‘ message to 70182-70182 on WhatsApp

As soon as you register your interest in JioPhone Next, wait for a confirmation message.

Step-2. Collect your JioPhone Next

Once you have a confirmation message against your interest in JioPhone Next, visit your nearby JioMart retailer and present them the confirmation message to collect your smartphone.

FAQs About JioPhone Next

1. Is JioPhone Next dual-SIM?

Yes, JioPhone Next supports dual SIM cards. However, the first (primary) SIM card must have Jio, whereas you may choose any other carrier for the second SIM.

2. How much does the JioPhone Next cost?

JioPhone Next is priced at Rs 6,499. You can choose to either pay this cost upfront or opt for easy EMI options. In the case of the latter, you can get the phone for just Rs 1,999 upfront; the remaining cost of the device can be paid through the easy EMI scheme over the course of the next 18/24 months.

3. What are easy EMI plans?

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Once you pay Rs 1,999 upfront, you can make the remaining payments over the next 18/24 months. However, unlike traditional EMI schemes, where you just pay for the installments, Reliance Jio is making repayments attractive with its four special EMI plans.

What’s special about these plans is that, upon paying for JioPhone Next’s EMI, users also get data and voice benefits in their Jio account.

1. Always-on plan

  • EMI tenures: 18 months and 24 months
  • 18-month: Rs 350 per month
  • 24-month: Rs 300 per month
  • 5GB data + 100 min voice calls per month

2. Large plan

  • EMI tenures: 18 months and 24 months
  • 18-month: Rs 500 per month
  • 24-month: Rs 450 per month
  • 1.5GB data per day + unlimited voice calls

3. XL plan

  • EMI tenures: 18 months and 24 months
  • 18-month: Rs 550 per month
  • 24-month: Rs 500 per month
  • 2GB data + unlimited voice calls

4. XXL plan

  • EMI tenures: 18 months and 24 months
  • 18-month: Rs 600 per month
  • 24-month: Rs 550 per month
  • 2.5GB data + unlimited voice calls

All plans are subject to a one-time processing fee of Rs 501.

4. What are the biggest highlights of JioPhone Next?

JioPhone Next aims to bring in over 200+ million 2G users to 4G and smartphones. Aside from being a collaborative effort between Google and Jio, the JioPhone Next packs some impressive features for its price. Below is a list of a few of them:

1. Voice-first capabilities

With Google involved, it comes as no surprise that the tech powering JioPhone Next’s voice assistance functionality is Google’s very own Assistant. As per the release, Google Assistant enables users to operate their device by simply speaking to it in their familiar language.

For instance, users can speak the name of an app to open it or call out a setting to manage it.

2. Read Aloud

Much like controlling the device, the JioPhone Next also brings along the Read-Aloud functionality, which lets you have the contents on your screen read out loud in the language of your choice.

3. Translate Now

As the name suggests, translate now allows you to translate the contents displayed on the screen in any of the 10 popular Indian languages.

4. Access to millions of apps

Being powered by Android, the JioPhone Next comes with the Play Store, which opens up the portal to millions of apps on the device.

5. Nearby Share

JioPhone Next also supports the Nearby Share feature to help users share apps, files, photos, and videos with other devices even without the internet.

6. Easy and Smart Camera

JioPhone Next is equipped with a camera system that supports various photography modes, such as portrait and night modes.

5. What are the specifications of the JioPhone Next?

  • Display: 5.45-inches with HD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processor: 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 215
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 512GB
  • Battery: 3500mAh
  • Camera: 13MP rear, 8MP front
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth v4.1
  • OS: Pragati OS (based on Android 11)
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