You Gotta Check Out The Terms & Conditions of Reliance JioPhone

Reliance Jio has put some stringent conditions in place for those buying the JioPhone. 

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Reliance has started delivering the JioPhone to those who’ve pre-booked the device. The phone, which the company claims to be selling for ‘effectively free’, offers 4G VoLTE on a small-sized display, and runs on Kai OS.

The company has updated its website with terms and conditions for the buyers of JioPhone.

JioPhone users will have to recharge their number every month, as Jio Prime (offering data for 3 months) is not applicable for them. But that’s not all and we’re putting down the important ones for you below.

Monthly Recharges on JioPhone for 3 Years

You Gotta Check Out The Terms & Conditions of Reliance JioPhone
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So, Jio is asking buyers of JioPhone (including first-time buyers) to pay at least Rs 4,500 in 3 years to keep the device up and running. This charge will also include all government-centric taxes.

While this might not bother users who’ve got multiple phones, buyers in rural regions who’re getting first-time access to mobile internet might not find it cost-effective.

Most consumers in rural India don’t want to spend more than Rs 120 on mobile internet.
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But Jio could change the trend by offering as much as 14GB data every month with its Rs 153 plan (only available for JioPhone recharges). If you don’t recharge for up to Rs 1,500 each year, Jio holds the right to repossess the JioPhone from you.

This may anger many people, who’ve pre-booked the phone by paying Rs 500 initially.

Pay Early Refund Charges To Return JioPhone

Early refund charges have been introduced so that people stick to the JioPhone for a long time, recharge them every month, and stand a chance to redeem the money paid after period of three years.

Here’s how it looks:

You Gotta Check Out The Terms & Conditions of Reliance JioPhone
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As you can see here, not only are you going to pay Rs 1,500 to get your hands on the JioPhone, but, in case you plan on returning it before the 3-year window, these charges will be levied by the company.

However, the company promises to pay back your Rs 1,500 refundable deposit once you return the phone to them after the 3-year period. 

So, even if you decide to return the phone on the last day before your JioPhone refund scheme is applicable, you’d have to pay up.

Everything Else You Should Know

In addition to all of this, JioPhone comes with a specific warranty period, that is only applicable if you keep the device in working condition. You can’t also jail-break it, tamper with it or use any third-party accessory with it.

You Gotta Check Out The Terms & Conditions of Reliance JioPhone
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What We Think

While those who’ve already pre-booked the device have no option to cancel their order, anybody who was keen on getting the phone might have second thoughts now.

The Jio Phone comes with a 2000mAh battery 
The Jio Phone comes with a 2000mAh battery 
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These conditions also make it clear that the ‘effectively free’ aspect of JioPhone was nothing but a lure from Reliance Jio. How many of you would like a refund of Rs 1,500 after spending over Rs 4,500 on recharging the device for 3 years?

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