Friday, 2 September 2016

Reliance Jio Opens 4G Services to the Public via Employee Referral Program


  • Reliance has not yet made an announcement about this referral program.
  • The offer comes with 10GB of free voice and data for three months.
  • It also offers unlimited access for 90 days to the Digital Life package.
Reliance Jio's 4G services haven't been officially rolled out yet, but the launch seems imminent, considering that an employee referral program is now under way.
While Reliance has yet to make an official announcement around this referral program, its employees have posted on Facebook, recruiting friends with the offer of 10GB free voice and data for the next three months. The program is on an invite-only model, where employees send users a unique code that needs to be presented at any Reliance Digital or Digital Express store.
"All you have to do is give me your mail ID and I shall send you an invite with a unique code. You can take a print of the same go to any Reliance Digital or Digital Express store... Buy 4G Volte LYF handset and avail this offer," writes Vijay Kumar, an Assistant Manager at Reliance Jio Infocomm in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
The referral program offers unlimited access for 90 days to its Digital Life package, which includes voice calls, HD video, high speed data, and SMS. The bundle also provides access to eight premium applications - which provide live TV, movies, TV shows, magazines, newspapers, news, and cloud storage. The offer also comes with coupons worth Rs. 15,000 in JioMoney. Users will be able to avail the offer by purchasing any Lyf-branded smartphone, which starts at Rs. 5,499.
Reliance Digital is retailing five 4G smartphones under its Lyf Brand - Lyf Flame 1 is the entry-level smartphone, priced at Rs. 5,499; Lyf Wind 6 is priced at Rs. 6,499; Lyf Water 1 is priced at Rs. 14,599; Lyf Water 2 is priced at Rs. 14,690; and the Lyf Earth 1 is priced at Rs. 19,399 - on its website.

Reliance JioFi Plans, Price, How to Buy, and Everything You Need to Know


  • Anyone can buy a Reliance Jio JioFi
  • It is priced at Rs. 1,999
  • It's a great way of getting started with Jio without a VoLTE phone
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard by now about Reliance Jio and want to know if
getting on the network is worth it. Reliance is giving away free SIM cards to everyone with unlimited
free usage of the network until December 31, and unlimited use of Jio's different services, which
include news, music, and video on demand. However, your phone may not be compatible with the
network and one device that could help bring your whole house online is the Reliance Jio JioFi.
Given how cheap calling is in India, the reason most people are interested in Jio right now is to access 
free, fast, and unlimited data. As of now, mobile data in India is still pretty expensive - for example, a 
1GB pack in Karnataka from Vodafone will set you back by Rs. 265. Reliance Jio has changed all that 
with data as low as Rs. 25 per GB.
As we write this before everyone gets access to the Reliance Jio network from Monday, the speeds are
great and there are no FUPs. Consuming 10GB of mobile data on another network would be
inconceivable, but many people are consuming that much in a single day with Jio, and that's likely to
continue at least during the preview offer.
Many people are just getting a Jio SIM and then switching on the Wi-Fi hotspot on their phones. The
problem with this is that it drains the phone's battery, and thus limits the usefulness. That's where the
JioFi comes into the picture.

What is Reliance Jio JioFi
The JioFi is a personal hotspot - the kind of thing you've seen some all mobile carriers. 
The Reliance JioFi is a small device that will fit into your pocket, and acts as a bridge between the 4G network and a local Wi-Fi network that it creates, which your phone, 
laptop, and other devices can connect to. It's a very simple way of getting your home 
online, and it comes with a rechargable battery - that means that you can plug it in at 
home, or put it in your pocket and take your connection with you when you head 

Interestingly, you can use the Jio Join app on your phone to place calls or send messages
through the JioFi. This means that even if your phone does not support 4G, you can make
full use of Reliance Jio's network thanks to the JioFi.
The Reliance JioFi comes with a Reliance Jio SIM that, once activated, can be used to
connect to the network. You can of course use SIM cards of other operators in the JioFi if
needed, though obviously you will need to pay for usage on that network.
How to buy a Reliance JioFi?
Just walk into the nearest Reliance Digital/ Reliance Digital Xpress Mini store and purchase
a JioFi. You'll need to carry a passport photo, one photo ID, and an address proof. Once you
fill out the
forms the number will be activated, and you'll have to call 180089011977 for televerification -
the exact steps
are given on the package and it's pretty straightforward.
The store executives say that the process should happen within four hours, though in our
experience with getting two Reliance Jio connections activated, it took more than a day each
Reliance JioFi Price and tariff plans
The JioFi is priced at Rs. 1,999, down from its earlier price of Rs. 2,899 and data is free to
use until December 31. As of now, the company has made no statement about what the
plans will be post that date, though they are likely to be similar, if not better, than what's
being offered to other Jio SIM card holders.
That's all you need to know in order to get a Reliance Jio JioFi. Stay tuned for a detailed
review of the JioFi and Reliance Jio network.
(Also seeHow to Get a Reliance Jio SIM for Free without a LYF phone)

How to Get Reliance Jio Sim Without Lyf Phone


  • Reliance Jio is still offering free SIMs to 'test' its network
  • Commercial launch is a few months away, says Mukesh Ambani
  • Users get free access for 3 months, maybe longer if the launch is delayed
Reliance Jio is still not at the point of a commercial rollout, so it's too early to say what the actual
 user experience will be like on the network. Even the actual pricing has to be announced - as of now,
not much is clear really about the network. But you can sign up for Jio and enjoy high-speed
connectivity without paying a paisa, and free hai to acha hai, right? That's right, each Reliance Jio
SIM comes with at least three months of free, unlimited data usage, voice calls, SMS, and access to
Jio services like JioOnDemand.
The commercial rollout of Jio will no doubt affect speeds, network availability, and could lead to
call drops as well - while other networks, which stand to lose customers in the process, might actually
 see some improvement in their services. That's all hypothetical though - but for now, we are really
 enjoying using our Jio account, and would recommend that you try and get one too.
There are a few different ways in which you can get a Reliance Jio SIM. The network works on 4G,
and uses VoLTE for calls, but the latter is not available on old phones. There is an app called JioJoin
that Reliance offers which works around this through VoIP calling, in case your phone doesn't support
VoLTE, so it isn't a very big problem. The easiest way to get your hands a Reliance Jio SIM is to buy a
 Lyf phone by Reliance Retail.

Reliance Retail's Lyf range of phones hasn't been getting the most spectacular reviews, but it's the
easiest way to get a new Reliance Jio SIM right now. Just walk into a Reliance Digital Store, ask for
 a new Lyf phone, and you're live on Reliance Jio. You can get a phone for as little as Rs. 3,000, and
you'll get three months of free, unlimited Internet access and calling along with it.

We can inform you that buying a phone like this, turning on the Wi-Fi hotspot, and using 4G
 to power your entire home's Internet access, works just fine, and the speed and reliability
(at the moment) is better than most broadband connections at home.
This gives you free, unlimited data, calling, and access to all of Reliance Jio's apps for three
months, or until the commercial launch of Reliance Jio, whichever is later. But if you don't
want to carry around an extra handset everywhere you go, or don't want to buy another
 phone just to get a Reliance Jio SIM there are other options.
If you have a 4G compatible phone, you can get started with Jio, here's what you need to do
to get a Reliance Jio SIM:
1) Make friends with someone working for Reliance
The easiest way to get a Jio SIM is to know someone who works with Reliance. The company
allows employees to refer a certain number of people to get Jio SIMs that can be used in your
 phone. Most Reliance employees are probably used to getting friend requests on Facebook
from people that just want a SIM, so you might want to try one of the other methods instead.
2) The Reliance Jio SIM Preview offer
The partner offer is the easiest way of getting a Reliance Jio SIM if you have any of the eligible
phones. As of writing this report, the Jio Preview offer has been extended to smartphones by
 Samsung, HTC, Micromax, Sony, Vivo, Intex, Lava, Gionee, Panasonic, Asus, Xolo, LG,
 Karbonn, Videocon, YU, Sansui, Alcatel, and TCL.
The complete list of smartphones is as follows:
Samsung phones
Grand Prime 4G, Galaxy J1, Galaxy J2, Galaxy J7, Galaxy J5, Galaxy S5 Plus, Galaxy A5,
Galaxy A7, Galaxy Core Prime 4G, Galaxy S6, Galaxy J3 (2016), ON7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy S6
Edge, ON5, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note
4 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 Duos, Galaxy S5 Neo, S7, Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2016), S7
 Edge, A8 VE, J5 (2016), J7 (2016), ON5 Pro, ON7 Pro, Galaxy J2 (2016), J Max, Galaxy A9,
 Galaxy A9 Pro, Galaxy C5, Galaxy C7, Galaxy J2 Pro, Galaxy Note 7.
LG phones
K332 (K7 LTE), K520DY (Stylus 2), K520DY, H860 (LG G5), K500I (X Screen), K535D
(Stylus 2 Plus), LGH630D (G4 Stylus 4G) & LGH 442 (LGC70 Spirit LTE)

Micromax phones
Bolt Selfie, Canvas 5, Canvas 5 Lite, Canvas 5 Lite Special Edition, Canvas 6, Canvas 6 Pro,
Canvas Amaze 4G, Canvas Blaze 4G, Canvas Blaze 4G Plus, Canvas Evok, Canvas Fire 4G,
 Canvas Fire 4G plus, Canvas Fire 6, Canvas Juice 4G, Canvas Knight 2, Canvas Mega 2,
Canvas Mega 4G, Canvas Nitro 4G, Canvas Pace 4G, Canvas Play 4G, Canvas Pulse 4G,
Canvas Sliver 5, Canvas Tab, Canvas Unite 4, Canvas Xpress 4G, Unite 4 Plus, Unite 4 Pro
Yu phones
Yu Yureka, Yu Yutopia, YU Note, Yu Yuphoria, Yunicorn, Yunique, Yuphoria, Yureka Plus,
 Yureka S
Asus phones
ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL), Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML), Zenfone Max (ZC550KL), Zenfone 2
Laser 5.0 (ZE500KL), Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML), Zenfone Selfie( ZD551KL), Zenfone 2 Laser
(ZE601KL), Zenfone Zoom(ZX551ML), Zenfone Go 5.0 LTE (T500), Zenfone 3 ZE552KL,
Zenfone 3 Laser( ZC551KL), Zenfone 3( ZE520KL), Zenfone 3( ZS570KL), Zenfone 3
( ZU680KL)
Gionee phones
E8, F103 Pro, F103(1GB), F103(2GB), F103(3GB), M4, M5, M5 Lite, M5 Lite CDMA, M5 Plus,
 P5L, S Plus, S6, S6s, S7, V6L
Karbonn phones
Aura 1, Aura Power, Quattro L45 IPS, Quattro L50 HD, Quattro L51 HD, Quattro L52 VR,
Quattro L55 HD
Lava phones
A71, A72, A76, A76 Plus, A88, A89, A97, Ivory s 4g, Lava V5 M, Pixel V2, V2s, X10, X11,
X12, X17, X28, X38, X41, X41 Plus, X46, X50, X50 Plus, X81
Xolo phones
Black-1X M, era 1X, era 2X, era 4G, era 4K, era X
Panasonic phones
ELUGA L, ELUGA Switch, ELUGA Icon, T45, ELUGA I2 ( 1GB ), ELUGA L2, ELUGA Mark,
ELUGA A2, ELUGA Note, P55 Novo 4G, ELUGA Arc 2, P77
TCL phones
FIT 5.5, Pride T500L, TCL 560, TCL 562
Alcatel phones
OneTouch X1, Pixi 4 -5, POP Star, POP3, POP4
Sony smartphones
Xperia X A, Xperia X A Ultra, Xperia X(F5122), Xperia Z5 Dual(E6883), Xperia Z5 Premium
Videocon smartphones
Graphite1 V45ED, Krypton 3 V50JG, Q1, V50FA3, V50FG6
Sansui smartphones
S50 FD45S
HTC smartphone
Desire 626 dual SIM, Desire 628, Desire 630, Desire 728 Dual SIM, Desire 820, Desire 820Q,
 Desire 820S Dual SIM, Desire 825, Desire 826, Desire 826 DS, Desire 828 DS, Desire 830,
Desire Eye, HTC 10, HTC 10 Life style, One A9, One E9 S dual SIM, One E9+ Dual SIM,
One M8, One M8 Eye, One M9 Plus, One M9e, One ME Dual SIM, One X9

Vivo smartphones
vivo V3, vivo V3Max, vivo Y21L, vivo Y51L
Intex smartphones
Aqua 4G, Aqua 4G Star, Aqua 4G Strong, Aqua 4G+, Aqua Ace, Aqua Ace 2, Aqua Ace Mini,
 Aqua Craze, Aqua Eco 4G, Aqua GenX, Aqua Music, Aqua Power 4G, Aqua Raze, Aqua S7,
Aqua Secure, Aqua Shine 4G, Aqua Strong 5.1, Aqua Super, Aqua Trend, Aqua Turbo 4G,
Aqua View, Aqua Wing, Cloud 4G Smart, Cloud 4G Star, Cloud Crystal 2.5D, Cloud Fame 4G,
 Cloud Flash, Cloud Glory 4G, Cloud Jewel, Cloud String HD, Cloud String V2.0, Cloud Swift
Just follow these steps on a qualifying smartphone:
  1. Download & Open MyJio App from Play Store
  2. Tap on Get Jio SIM on the Banner
  3. Tap on Agree & Get Jio offer
  4. Select your location from the drop down
  5. Read through the steps and click on Next
  6. Offer Code can be viewed on the screen. Note down your offer code.
Once that's done, you will get a bar code that you need to take to a Reliance Digital where
you have to show your phone and you'll get a SIM. Remember to carry a photograph for the
form, and your photo ID, and the staff will do the rest. Quick tip: in our experience - and what
many other people online are also telling us - the Reliance Digital Xpress Mini Stores are
much more efficient about this process than the larger Reliance Digital stores.
Note that though only a few phones qualify for the Reliance Jio SIM under this offer, you can
still use this SIM on other phones if you want.
3) Get a JioFi Portable Wi-Fi hotspot
Jio is also keen to go after users at home, taking on broadband providers and not just other
phone networks. One of the easiest ways to get a Reliance Jio SIM is to get the JioFi router.
Launched first for HP customers, anyone can now get the JioFi router, with three months of
free 4G data, although you have to pay Rs. 2,899 for the wireless compact router. That still
works out to less than Rs. 1,000 a month for free, unlimited, fast data, so it's a pretty good
deal considering that unfair FUPs are the norm on all other networks.

The JioFi is a small Mi-Fi device that can create a Wi-Fi zone that up to 31 devices can
connect to SIMultaneously; great for taking your phone, laptop, and tablet online all at once.
It takes three hours to charge, and can be used to broadcast a signal for six hours on battery,
so you can use it at home or on the go. To buy the router, you just need to get it from a
Reliance Digital store. You'll need the same documents you need for a SIM card, and you'll
have to televerify in the same manner, but then you're up and running.
4) Ask nicely at your local Reliance Digital
Owners of any 4G smartphone can walk in to select Reliance Digital and Xpress Mini stores 
and get their hands on a Reliance Jio SIM, complete with the Jio Preview offer. The catch is 
that the offer is only available in select outlets, which can offer Jio SIM cards to customers at 
their discretion. You can try asking nicely at your local outlet... and if that doesn't work, try at 
a few other stores as well until someone feels bad and gives you the SIM.
All these methods can help you get a Jio connection right away, before the actual consumer
launch in the "coming months". Have you got a Reliance Jio SIM? What's your experience
been like? Tell us via the comments.