Jio Phone gets competitor: Vodafone Launches 4G Smartphone at Rs. 999

Vodafone has chipped into the fray with its own most-affordable 4G phone priced at an ‘effective price’ of Rs. 999 and is looking forward to give a strong competition to Jio phone.

The company says the phones will be made available from November. Notably, Micromax tied up with BSNL last week to launch the Bharat-1 4G-enabled feature phone. The entry-level 4G phone segment is lately receiving all the eyeballs thanks to the launch of Jio Phone, a feature phone.

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Airtel recently tried to take on the competition with a smartphone rival priced at an ‘effective price’ of Rs. 1,399. Much like the Airtel 4G smartphone where the company tied with Karbonn, Vodafone has tied up with Micromax for the Bharat-2 Ultra.

Under the Vodafone and Micromax partnership, interested users on Vodafone network or even new customers can buy the new Bharat-2 Ultra 4G smartphone at Rs. 2,899, and will have to recharge it with at least Rs. 150 per month for the next 36 months. Vodafone says that the recharges can be of any denomination totalling to a minimum of Rs. 150 per month.

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The company at the end of 18 months will offer cashback of Rs. 900, and additional cash back of Rs. 1,000 after another 18 months. Though, users will receive the cash back in their Vodafone M-Pesa wallets which can be utilised for transacting digitally or withdraw cash as per user convenience. The deal is very similar to Airtel’s, with the same downpayment but a smaller Rs. 1,500 cashback over three years.