The first batch of Jio Phone units are now available as beta trials of the 4G feature phone have commenced, a little over three weeks after it was unveiled at the Reliance Industries AGM 2017. This, of course, does not mean the handset has been released in the market, only that Reliance Jio has made it available to a select group of users to test it out before its public release in September. The handset is being beta tested by Jio employees for now.
The Jio Phone beta trials will allow the company to identify and iron out software and hardware issues before it goes in the hands of consumers in September. Jio Phone has several feature that have not been commonly seen on feature phones, such as 4G VoLTE Internet, compatibility with multimedia apps, and option to mirror content to television sets via a proprietary cable.
While the 4G feature phone will not be available to use for consumers till September, bookings for the device will begin both online and offline on August 24.