The Jio 4G launch has completely changed how the Indians consume mobile internet. It even changed the smartphone industry by creating the demand for the 4G VoLTE enable smartphone. Since the feature phone still holds a commendable market share in India, Jio tried to offer its VoLTE only services by launching a 4G VoLTE enabled feature phone. Even a few others manufacturers came up with their own 4G VoLTE enabled feature phones.
There are few partnerships made with the service providers to offer cashbacks on using the device for a certain period of time. Let’s exempt that when talking about the pricing of the devices.
Below is the list of all the VoLTE supported feature phones launched in India:
• Lava Connect M1 4G
Lava has beaten Reliance Jio to launch the first ever 4G VoLTE enabled feature phone. The Lava 4G Connect M1 feature phone was launched way back in February this year. It costs Rs. 3,333 and runs on forked Android OS called Mocordroid. The phone comes with a 2.4-inch display and is powered by a 1.2GHz Spreadtrum quad-core processor. It includes 512 MB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There is also a MicroSD card slot on this device for storage expansion. The 4G Connect M1 also supports dual SIM, but lacks the Wi-Fi connectivity. Though there is no Play Store, the user can sideload the Android APK files.
With the JioPhone, Reliance Jio has introduced the smart features on a feature phone. The device runs on custom KaiOS and lacks the much-needed support for at least basic apps like WhatsApp or PayTM. However, the device is priced at just Rs. 1,500 and there is also a special plan of Rs. 169 with unlimited voice calls and 0.5GB of 4G data per day. The device also includes a voice assistant that works with English and Hindi. Unlike other feature phones, the JioPhone is locked only to the Jio 4G network. It also supports NFC payment but only using the JioMoney app.
• Intex Turbo+ 4G
Just after the JioPhone launch, Intex came up with its own 4G VoLTE enabled feature phone called as Intex Turbo+ 4G. The device also runs on the KaiOS and comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display. It is powered by an unspecified dual-core processor and includes 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Talking about the cameras, the Intex Turbo+ 4G comes with a 2MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. It is backed by a 2000mAh battery and supports dual SIM. unlike JioPhone, the Intex Turbo+ 4G can be used with any network.
• Micromax Bharat One
Micromax and BSNL partnered to launch Bharat 1 4G VoLTE feature phones in India. It is priced at Rs. 2,200 and can be used with any network. However, BSNL has announced a special monthly plan with unlimited voice calls and unlimited high-speed data for Rs. 97. The device also supports 22 Indian regional languages. Under the hood, the Bharat 1 houses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 processor along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. There is a 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, and a 2000mAh battery. This device also runs on the forked version of the Android.
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