Idea Cellular Is Said To Launch A Slightly Expensive Jio Phone Rival

by Karthik Iyer 4

A few days back, Jio announced its new plan for the future. The company surprised everyone with a very appealing Jio Phone that effectively costs 0 INR. Ever since the announcement of the same, there have been a lot of speculations surrounding this. In fact, there were reports that Airtel is also about to launch a new rival phone and now, we have yet another report which says that Idea cellular is also looking to launch a Jio Phone rival.

It has reported that Himanshu Kapania, the managing director of Idea Cellular Limited, has raised net neutrality concerns about Jio Phone. He said that the Jio Phone will not support most of the apps which a customer would prefer to install. According to him, the choice of apps will not work since it is forcing consumers to use an individual operator’s apps.

Adding on to this topic of discussion, he also added that they are working with a bunch of OEMs to come up with their own device in the market. It looks like Idea is also going to join Airtel and launch a new Jio Phone rival. However, unlike Jio Phone, Idea’s offering will not as inexpensive. Don’t expect the Idea’s phone to cost 0 INR or 1,500 INR for that matter. Kapania has admitted that their offering will be slightly expensive than Jio Phone, but it looks like it will be worth the extra pennies.

From what it sounds like, this phone offering from Idea won’t be locked to one particular carrier like Jio phone is locked with Jio 4G network. It looks like the Idea’s phone can be used with any carrier and it will also allow the users to choose which apps to install with support for a lot of apps like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. Hence, it is expected that this new phone could cost somewhere around 2,500 INR, which is obviously higher than Jio phone, but it is still less than what you would pay for something like the new Nokia 3310. Having said that, we would like to know your thoughts on this. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment down below.

Via – Gadgets360

Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.

  • Abhilash Nazar

    How come there be a net neutrality issue with jio phone? Jio is not blocking any apps. Its the hardware limitation. Nice try Himanshu Kapania. #Stupid_Logic

  • This sounds like a better phone with other SIM and third party installation support!

    And if we could get VoLTE support then we can also use #JioSim inside this! ??

  • Vishal Giri

    if it’s not refundable and expensive then it better come with some impressive offers to rival Jio phone!!

  • Aakash Prajapati

    Aap Kis Base Par Keh Sakhte Ho Not Other Use Apps JIO Phone? Any Proof?
    Chalo Apka Phone Liya To Usme Sari App Chal Sakti Hain? – Uski Kya Garrente Hain?
    When I;m Purchase Idea It’s Volte Right. Than I Can Run JIO Sim.