August 13, 2016 1:39:05 pm
Reliance Jio 4G service is yet to roll out for commercial use but that doesn’t mean you can’t get hold of company’s 4G SIM card. The easiest way to get a Reliance Jio 4G SIM card right now is buy a Reliance LYF smartphone. The company is giving away its 4G-ready SIM cards with 3 months of free unlimited data and voice services with LYF handsets. And given that LYF smartphones start at a price as low as Rs 2,999; this isn’t a bad deal at all. We’re saying this because we conducted a Reliance Jio 4G speed test in Delhi, and the service was way faster than the competition. While shooting the video of the speedtest we hit the best speeds of 22Mbps. We could download 95 per cent of a 86MB game in under one minute, which is way faster than what other telecom operators offer right now. In East Delhi, the speeds were in the range of 14Mbps for download and 6.90Mbps for uploads, which is almost double of what most other 4G services offer right now.
Later, we bought a Reliance LYF Flame 6 smartphone that costs Rs 2,999, along with which we got a Reliance Jio 4G SIM card free. This has given us access to 90 days of free unlimited data and voice services. We noted, the biggest advantage with the Jio SIM is that as a backup, it is doing much more than a good job. It’s doing a great job of keeping us connected, at speeds which are better than what more of the competition offers. However, apart from Reliance LYF Flame 6, there’s more budget options like LYF Flame 8, Flame 3, Flame 4, Wind 3 etc which will help you get a Reliance Jio 4G SIM free along with the handsets.
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Interestingly, the Reliance Jio 4G SIM offer was also extended for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launched in India on August 11. The flagship smartphone costs 59,900 and will go on sale from September 2. There are rumours doing rounds that Reliance Jio will open up its 4G services for other smartphones as well, including Apple devices, in the coming months. We’ll have to wait for the company to make an official announcement on this. However, if you don’t want to spend a bomb on a smartphone to get the Reliance Jio 4G SIM, here are the cheapest LYF handset options:
Reliance LYF Flame 6
Reliance LYF Flame 6 is priced at Rs 3,999. The device supports 4G VoLTE and is available in black colour variant. Reliance LYF Flame 6 features a 4-inch (480×800 pixels) display with a pixel density of 218ppi. It comes with Asahi Dragontrail Glass for protection. Reliance LYF Flame 6 is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card).
The device sports a 2MP rear camera with LED flash. The front camera is also 2MP. Reliance LYF Flame 6 is backed by a 1,750 mAh battery. It supports WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G, LTE and GPS.
Other Reliance LYF smartphones in the Flame series – Flame 3, Flame 4 and Flame 5 – are are also priced at Rs 2,999. These smartphones come with similar specifications and free Reliance Jio 4G SIM card as well.
Reliance LYF Flame 8
Reliance LYF Flame 8 is also available on Flipkart. The handset comes with Reliance Jio preview offer and is listed for Rs 4,199 and EMI starts at Rs 204 per month. Reliance LYF Flame 8 features a 4.5-inch FWVGA display and comes with 1 GB RAM + 8 GB ROM. The memory is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card. It is powered by 1.1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor. The front camera is 5 MP, while the rear camera is 8MP. It comes with a 2,000 mAh battery and runs Android Lollipop.
Reliance LYF Wind 3
Reliance LYF Wind 3 is listed at Rs 6,999 on Flipkart. The smartphone comes with Jio preview offer. It has a 5.5-inch display, protected by an Asahi Glass and pixel density of 267ppi. The Wind 3 is powered by 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8916 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card).
Reliance LYF Wind 3 sports an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and supports auto focus, touch focus, face detection, manual HDR and panorama. The front 2MP camera supports up to 6X digital zoom. The Wind 3 is backed by a non-removable 2,920mAh battery. The smartphone runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and supports 4G LTE bands in both TDD and FDD categories.
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