When Reliance announced the JioPhone that came with an effective price tag of Rs. 0 everyone was excited. The terms and conditions were not known at that time, but still the Reliance JioPhone is a good bet (if you are not using too many Jio SIM’s) once you understand how the scheme works. 

Here is the Reliance JioPhone review that will give you a better idea. The Reliance JioPhone is a simple feature phone that comes packed with almost all of the Jio features that you get on a smartphone. This handset comes with alphanumeric keypad and houses a 2000 mAh battery.

Build and finishing is good considering the price, it’s using a non-touch screen display and overall performance was satisfactory. The best part is you can watch movies / live TV’s, music etc on this feature phone. Reliance JioPhone supports 4G with VoLTE and that is required to work with Jio.

Reliance JioPhone review

Reliance JioPhone features and specifications

Inside the box (unboxing the JioPhone) : Handset, 2000 mAh battery, nano SIM inside the phone and travel charger
Screen : 2.4 inches TFT, QVGA resolution, this is non-touch screen not that good but good enough for the price
RAM : 512MB
ROM : 4GB
Micro SD : 128GB
SIM Type : Single (nano) SIM + micro SD card slot
OS : KiaOS
Rear camera : 2MP
Front camera : VGA
Other features : Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC
Battery : 2000 mAh (removable)

Reliance JioPhone back

The process and JioPhone Terms

Once I got the SMS that I can collect the JioPhone from nearest Jio Store. I visited the store, do note you will need your Aadhaar card and carry the phone, the number that you used to book the JioPhone cause the store personal will punch in your number that you used to book the JioPhone and immediately you will get a SMS with OTP code you will need to provide the OTP code to the personal.

I paid Rs. 1,153 – Rs. 1000 for the handset and Rs. 153 for the plan. There is a nano SIM inside the handset and it will be activated with 153 plan.

Reliance JioPhone quality

The terms and conditions is that you need to recharge this new SIM that you get inside the JioPhone every month with Rs. 153 plan, you get free voice calls, and 500MB 4G data per day after that 128kbps speed until the next day cycle.

The Rs. 1,500 you spent on the handset is refundable provided you surrender the phone after 3 years. There is also news that Reliance may stop manufacturing this JioPhone and might come up with a smartphone.

Performance

This handset is running KiaOS, performance is good. You can watch live TV, screen quality is not that great but this is what you get on a feature phone. The cameras on the handset is no good. You can make video calls too. Battery life is good, depends how you are using it.

It takes up to 3 hours to charge the handset and on a full charge you get around 1 to 2 days of battery life (based on your usage), as a back up phone hardly used it will last for 3 to 4 days.

Do  note

You can use any Jio SIM on that handset, it will work but you need to recharge the new SIM with Rs. 153 plan every month, even if you are already using a Jio SIM.

The handset is locked, you can only use it with Jio SIM – any Jio SIM will do.

There is no Wi-Fi Hotspot option, you can use JioStore to download apps.

WhatsApp missing and no option to install Whatsapp.

Verdict

This is a good phone but then you get a SIM with the handset that you need to keep recharging every month. The Reliance JioPhone is like a phone on rent, you just pay the plan charges and after 3 years return the phone in working conditions and get the Rs. 1,500 refund back.

JioPhone is a good backup option and many users that I met at the Jio Store bought it for the same very purpose.

Rating 3 out of 5

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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  1. Does it have auto call recording option in call settings ??

    Let me know, its urgent

    Thanks

  2. I want to buy Jio Media adapter TV cable and Jio phone together
    Anyone know anything about Jio Phone TV cable??
    Gujarat.

  3. I want to buy Jio Media adapter TV cable and Jio phone together
    Anyone know anything about Jio Phone TV cable??
    Gujarat.

  4. Gogi bhai, can we use the phone without activating the sim… And used another old jio sim with another plan instead of the sim that came with?????

      1. Gogi,
        I came to know that the SIM can be activated with a diff. number as well. Thus can only be possible when they port their number to Jio network. While porting itself, they will activate the new number with ₹153 plan.
        How this helps

    1. No you cannot buy without sim because it’s sealed with sim in it.
      You can use other jio sim in it after buying it. Also u can use the sim inside phone in another.
      You can buy the phone with any plan u like. But minimum 153.

      1. You cannot use the Jio sim with 153 in any other phone, i tried, didn’t work. Was not able to make calls.

  5. Gogi bhai, can we use the phone without activating the sim… And used another old jio sim with another plan instead of the sim that came with?????

      1. Gogi,
        I came to know that the SIM can be activated with a diff. number as well. Thus can only be possible when they port their number to Jio network. While porting itself, they will activate the new number with ₹153 plan.
        How this helps

    1. No you cannot buy without sim because it’s sealed with sim in it.
      You can use other jio sim in it after buying it. Also u can use the sim inside phone in another.
      You can buy the phone with any plan u like. But minimum 153.

      1. You cannot use the Jio sim with 153 in any other phone, i tried, didn’t work. Was not able to make calls.

  6. Even the rounded phones have different models, my phone looks almost similar, but do not have the wifi like symbol in the rear and my front camera is on the right and the speaker grill on the front is aligned to the top edge (near the top bezel), whereas gogiji’s phone has the front camera on right and the speaker grill is aligned to the center.

  7. I had this pH. Since last week , built quality and sound output superb , WiFi and NFC ARE CHERRY ON THE CAKE but there are some issues first no dual sim I’m not able to use even my other Jio sim bcoz it requires a new RS 153/- recharge 2nd battery looks very impressive on paper ie 2000mah but if you use it extensively it will withstand a whole day or a bit more than that only, third mazor and very important issue which every one faced as I seen some reviews and my own experience is network speed , it’s buffering every time when ever u want to watch any online video till now this is my experience hot spot is not there but voice quality during call is good , video call to other volte set not possible as of now I don’t know is there any way for this or not . Thanks

    1. video call is possible through jio chat. but both apps should be opened before making video call.

  8. Gogi Dear,

    Some users got square shape phone model and you got rounded shape model ??

    even you check over net, there are 2 variants of jio phone different in blue box and red box ?

    which box you have received ??

    1. Use “Jio Video chat* app.
      Note: In order to make a video call, the other party also need to have this app!!!!

  9. Even the rounded phones have different models, my phone looks almost similar, but do not have the wifi like symbol in the rear and my front camera is on the right and the speaker grill on the front is aligned to the top edge (near the top bezel), whereas gogiji’s phone has the front camera on right and the speaker grill is aligned to the center.

  10. In you tube reviews of jio phone they were showing WiFi Hotspot tethering option but Here the reality comes that it doesn’t have .Jio cheated many of the customers who were looking for Wifi hotspot option .

  11. I had this pH. Since last week , built quality and sound output superb , WiFi and NFC ARE CHERRY ON THE CAKE but there are some issues first no dual sim I’m not able to use even my other Jio sim bcoz it requires a new RS 153/- recharge 2nd battery looks very impressive on paper ie 2000mah but if you use it extensively it will withstand a whole day or a bit more than that only, third mazor and very important issue which every one faced as I seen some reviews and my own experience is network speed , it’s buffering every time when ever u want to watch any online video till now this is my experience hot spot is not there but voice quality during call is good , video call to other volte set not possible as of now I don’t know is there any way for this or not . Thanks

    1. video call is possible through jio chat. but both apps should be opened before making video call.

  12. Gogi Dear,

    Some users got square shape phone model and you got rounded shape model ??

    even you check over net, there are 2 variants of jio phone different in blue box and red box ?

    which box you have received ??

    1. Use “Jio Video chat* app.
      Note: In order to make a video call, the other party also need to have this app!!!!

    1. no need to wait for sms. go to near reliance digital and get it.
      I’m in bangalore i didn’t get sms.
      I went reliance digital and got it.

  13. In you tube reviews of jio phone they were showing WiFi Hotspot tethering option but Here the reality comes that it doesn’t have .Jio cheated many of the customers who were looking for Wifi hotspot option .

  14. Hi Gogi
    When did you get this phone , I booked two phones but not received till now

    Thanks

    1. no need to wait for sms. go to near reliance digital and get it.
      I’m in bangalore i didn’t get sms.
      I went reliance digital and got it.

  15. Pathetic Internet speed deepite making numerous complaints, if they cannot rectify speed issue at Juhu Lane Andheri West, I dont know what to say, we are going to throw three sims shortly

  16. Gogi, can you please confirm if this supports ViLTE(4G video calling) as well? I have booked 2 of them but haven’t collected since a month.
    Reasons being,
    1. Uncertainty of ViLTE
    2. No Wi-Fi tethering
    3. High battery condition on data
    4. Buffering while streaming

    1. There is no video calling option from contact but there is a app called jiovideochat, am still figuring out how it works. Buffering happens in case of net issues.

      1. That was the main deal breaker for me.
        I came to know that, we have to use Jio Video app to make video calls(even the other party has to have it). This is very difficult for elders/parents to understand.
        It will be great if they can provide native video calling, as it will not require any data.

  17. i am all ready diposited the sum of rs. 500 .2month after… But how i found my jio feature phone….

      1. There is no option to cancel the Jiophone booking.
        I had the same doubt so called their customer care and they said thier is no option to cancel jiophone.

        1. This is ridiculous!!
          Is this mentioned anywhere in the terms and conditions at the time of booking??
          If not, then Jio has started cheating the customers.

    1. No you can’t, the money is non-refundable, however you can transfer the voucher to someone else through my Jio app.

  18. I also got this model, got it two weeks back, but I don’t have the WiFi like symbol in the middle. I don’t like this rounded model though, there is another model with square edges, that’s good.

    1. yes, square model is very good. it may be in blue box. i think they again cheated by showing demo piece.

    2. so which to choose square model or rounded model ?? what is difference between these two ?

      1. You wont be able to select a model, it’s what your nearest dealer has in stock. What you can do is, go and check with the dealer, red box contains this rounded model which is a little thicker as well and looks odd. Blue box contains the square one, go and check with the dealer and wait till they get the bluebox. Specifications wont be different though. Processor details are still unknown, which one uses snapdragon, which one uses spreadtrum or both of them use the same processor.

        1. Yes true and they have the same in a big box. The mobile I was getting had bar code issue so the shop personal, put the box in another big box and took out another box, that is when I saw all the boxes were red color.

          1. Gogi dear,

            There is really a big unknown issue between red and blue boxes ??

            Many users were reported earlier about square shape phones.

  19. Hi Gogi,
    The Jio Music App is not working in my featured-Phone . There is no option to reinstall or get it fixed.
    The Phone reset option didnt help either ., can you suggest any other options .

  20. The CC confimed that your 500 deposit amount can be utilise after few months also.or you can transfer it to your family or friends As Jio might come with Android Version later. Is it advisable to wait?

    Cons
    No tethering, Media Cable is costly , Minimum Recharge of 1500/ per year for 3 year.

  21. Pathetic Internet speed deepite making numerous complaints, if they cannot rectify speed issue at Juhu Lane Andheri West, I dont know what to say, we are going to throw three sims shortly

  22. Gogi, can you please confirm if this supports ViLTE(4G video calling) as well? I have booked 2 of them but haven’t collected since a month.
    Reasons being,
    1. Uncertainty of ViLTE
    2. No Wi-Fi tethering
    3. High battery condition on data
    4. Buffering while streaming

    1. There is no video calling option from contact but there is a app called jiovideochat, am still figuring out how it works. Buffering happens in case of net issues.

      1. That was the main deal breaker for me.
        I came to know that, we have to use Jio Video app to make video calls(even the other party has to have it). This is very difficult for elders/parents to understand.
        It will be great if they can provide native video calling, as it will not require any data.

  23. i am all ready diposited the sum of rs. 500 .2month after… But how i found my jio feature phone….

      1. There is no option to cancel the Jiophone booking.
        I had the same doubt so called their customer care and they said thier is no option to cancel jiophone.

        1. This is ridiculous!!
          Is this mentioned anywhere in the terms and conditions at the time of booking??
          If not, then Jio has started cheating the customers.

    1. No you can’t, the money is non-refundable, however you can transfer the voucher to someone else through my Jio app.

  24. I also got this model, got it two weeks back, but I don’t have the WiFi like symbol in the middle. I don’t like this rounded model though, there is another model with square edges, that’s good.

    1. yes, square model is very good. it may be in blue box. i think they again cheated by showing demo piece.

    2. so which to choose square model or rounded model ?? what is difference between these two ?

      1. You wont be able to select a model, it’s what your nearest dealer has in stock. What you can do is, go and check with the dealer, red box contains this rounded model which is a little thicker as well and looks odd. Blue box contains the square one, go and check with the dealer and wait till they get the bluebox. Specifications wont be different though. Processor details are still unknown, which one uses snapdragon, which one uses spreadtrum or both of them use the same processor.

        1. Yes true and they have the same in a big box. The mobile I was getting had bar code issue so the shop personal, put the box in another big box and took out another box, that is when I saw all the boxes were red color.

          1. Gogi dear,

            There is really a big unknown issue between red and blue boxes ??

            Many users were reported earlier about square shape phones.

  25. Hi Gogi,
    The Jio Music App is not working in my featured-Phone . There is no option to reinstall or get it fixed.
    The Phone reset option didnt help either ., can you suggest any other options .

  26. The CC confimed that your 500 deposit amount can be utilise after few months also.or you can transfer it to your family or friends As Jio might come with Android Version later. Is it advisable to wait?

    Cons
    No tethering, Media Cable is costly , Minimum Recharge of 1500/ per year for 3 year.