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Jio: A tale of altering promises

siliconreview Jio: A tale of altering promises

Reliance industries have always strived to make fine living affordable to the weaker sections of the society. This was reiterated to us a year back when Reliance launched the Jio sim and provided free calls and data upto 1 GB per day for seven months. Following this period of free service, the tariff introduced by Jio was so lucrative that over 109 million people remained hooked to the network.

Walking its way into the second year, it is interesting to know about one of the most popular myths surrounding it. Most people are of the belief that Jio offers its subscribers unlimited free calls. This is far from being true. In order to prevent exploitation of the network, Reliance Jio has limited voice calls to 300 minutes per day. The limitation is such that you can make 6 calls to 6 different users with each call being an hour long. However you cannot talk to a single subscriber for a minute more than 5 hours.

This is similar to Jio’s earlier move of limiting the 4G data use. At the time of launch, Jio offered high speed unlimited data usage to its subscribers. Within a few months, this had to be capped at 1GB per day as users were found to download GBs of data every day. However a major difference between the two is that while the earlier move affected all subscribers, whereas this will affect only those customers who are found to be misusing the network. How those customers will be identified, is something that only time will tell.

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