What is Reliance Jio services and Jio 4G SIM? Why is everyone is talking about it?
There seems to be a lot of interest in the new Reliance Jio services that is offering ultra fast download speed and super cheap data rates. When I heard about the download speed (it was about 28 mbps) from my friend I could not believe it. I thought that he is lying since Reliance has not launched these services commercially and since its in preview mode so there might be some kind of network issues with these services. But when I saw and used his Lyf Flame 6 Mobile myself I was quite surprised. The speed that I experienced was 26 mbps for downloading and 18mbps for uploading.
My Experience of getting the 4G SIM and Lyf Smartphone.
I decided to buy the Lyf phone and a Reliance Jio Sim. I went to near by Reliance Digital Store and saw people are buying Lyf smartphones and Wi-Fi hubs to experience the high-speed internet. Most people were there to get the Reliance Jio 4G Sim and people were submitting their KYC documents and filling the forms. I purchased a Lyf Flame 6 to experience the service first-hand. Based on this experience, I tell you how you can buy and activate a Reliance Jio SIM.
Lyf Flame 6 costs Rs 2,890, and the SIM I got along with this was FREE. You need to submit a valid photo ID as well as new passport size photograph of yours to get the SIM. You will need to fill an application form as well as to sign the xerox copies of the IDs you have submitted. Ensure that the signatures on the form and on your IDs match.
After that I asked the sales representative about the time it will take to activate the sim, he told me that since there’s been a lot of people coming in to get the Reliance Jio 4G SIM since the company has announced that customers with Samsung or LG 4G smartphones will be able to preview their services, so it might take a week also and you can try other Store and confirm the activation time and if they tell you that it will be done in a day or 2 then you can buy from there. Since I had already purchased the phone and SIM so I had no other option left.
So I bought this SIM on 14th August 2016, I got the SMS on my registered mobile (Airtel No.) on 22 August 2016 to tele-verify my details.
On the call you will be asked to key in your RJio number, which is available on the SIM pack. Next you will need to give the last four digits of your ID document, in our case an Adhaar card.
And the SIM was already active by the time the tele-verification was done.
Initially, Jio 4G was only available to those who bought the company’s branded Lyf phones which start from as low as Rs 2,999. But after partnering with Samsung, and offering its JioFi mobile router, there are now more people eligible for the preview offer that offers 90 days of free data and voice calls (across all network and even on roaming).
Mobiles that Comes with Jio Preview Offer
- Samsung – All 4G phones from Samsung, including the recently launched Tizen Z2
- LG – All 4G phones like the K7, K10 and going up to the LG G5
- Micromax – All existing 4G compatible phones and the new models.
- YU Televenture
If you have any of the above Phones and you wanted to avail the preview offer
How to Get the Reliance Jio 4G SIM only
- Users need to download the MyJio app on your phone
- Generate the code on the app
- Take it to a nearby Reliance Digital, Xpress Digital Mini store
- Submit ID documents with one passport size photo
- Get the Jio 4G SIM
- Wait for the verification which takes up to 4 hours
- Tele-verify once your number is up and running
What About Others?
If you don’t have any of these phones, that doesn’t mean you can’t avail the Jio 4G SIM. As we found out, the Jio 4G SIM bundled with brands mentioned above are unlocked, which means they can be used on any 4G phone. But you need to ask any of your friend who has the Eligible phone to generate the code on the MyJio App for you. And take it to thenearby Reliance Digital, Xpress Digital Mini store, Submit ID documents with one passport size photo and get the SIM.