Jio Bharat 4G feature phones to garner 100 million users in 2-3 years, analysts predict

Highlights
  • Jio Bharat 4G feature phones were launched earlier this month.
  • They come with support for UPI payments, Jio apps, and more. 
  • The Jio Bharat phones are predicted to amass around 100 million users in the next 2-3 years. 

Reliance Jio launched a few 4G feature phones earlier this month. These phones are based on the ‘Jio Bharat’ platform and they come with access to 4G internet, support for UPI, Jio apps, and more. With Jio Bharat phones, Reliance aims to empower the existing 250 million feature phone users with access to the internet. According to a research note by BoFa securities, the Jio Bharat phones could amass around 100 million users in the next two to three years.

Jio Bharat 4G feature phones predicted to have 100 million users

Jio has partnered with other brands to launch 4G feature phones on the Jio Bharat platform. The first brand to join Jio’s mission is Karbonn, so more entry-level Jio Bharat phones can be developed. 

“If RIL/Karbonn are able to scale up production of these phones, then we see the phone to have potential and could garner around 100 million users in the next 2-3 years. We find both VIL (Vodafone Idea) & Bharti (Airtel) feature phones users vulnerable and see upside risks to Jio net adds,” said BoFa securities in its research note (via ET)

Another analysis from Jefferies says that Reliance could gain around 60 to 65 million users with the Jio Bharat phone annually. This would also lead to around 55 million subscribers for Jio by March 2026.

The telco started beta trials for the first 1 million Jio Bharat phones from July 7th onwards. The trial run is being conducted in 6,500 tehsils in India. The phones come bundled with Jio Bharat plans starting at Rs 123 for 28 days. With this recharge plan, you get unlimited voice calls and 0.5/GB of data per day. There’s a Jio Bharat annual plan as well, and it’s priced at Rs 1,234. This plan offers 0.5/GB per day and unlimited voice calls.

Jio Bharat phone features

  • With the Jio Bharat phone, you can make UPI payments through the JioPay app.
  • It also comes with the Jio Cinema app so you can actually watch movies and TV shows on the go. 
  • The Jio Bharat phone features the JioSaavn app which gives you access to over 8 crore songs. 
  • You also get other basic features such as FM radio and a torchlight on the Jio Bharat Phone.

Key Specs

Reliance Jio Bharat
| 512 MBProcessor
1.77 inches (4.5 cm) Display
0.3 MPRear camera
1000 mAh Battery
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