This year has become a huge war time between telecommunication companies after the arrival of new Reliance Jio. Telecomm Company Jio is a major breakthrough in the field of communication service and has reached its success within 6 months from its launching (March 2016). Company’s Chairman Mukesh Ambani has launched a 4G connectivity network all over India with some cool and unbelievable services in Jio which are:

  • Free 4G Internet service till 31st December 2016 (for non Lyf Handsets)
  • Free Video and Voice calls through VoLTE.
  • No National roaming charges. Etc.

Jio’s a new network, but its reach is already pretty wide – according to Ambani, the Reliance Jio network already covers 18,000 cities and towns, and over 2 lakh villages. It still has some ways to go to cover all of India, and the next target is to reach 90% of the population by March 2017 around 1.1268 billion people, Ambani added. Most important and unbelievable fact that the Jio sim is free of cost (which sounds very easy but it is not so easy to get it).However it requires a 4G enabled mobile and VoLTE. Reliance Jio is now in the process of rolling out Wi-Fi hotspots across India. By the middle of 2017, it plans to have 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, and it’s offering Wi-Fi data in the 4G plans.
With increase customers and demand, now Reliance Jio and state-owned operator BSNL have reportedly signed a pact for intra-circle roaming – that is to say, roaming within the same telecom circle. This means BSNL customers with a 4G-capable phone will be able to use Reliance Jio’s 4G services in roaming mode, while Reliance Jio’s customers will be able to use BSNL’s 2G network for making voice calls. This comes days after BSNL vowed to match Reliance Jio’s plans tariff-by-tariff.

What is LTE or 4G?

Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals. It is based on the GSM EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies, increasing the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements. LTE is commonly marketed as 4G LTE.

What is VoLTE?

Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals. It is based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network, with specific profiles for control and media planes of voice service on LTE. VoLTE has up to three times more voice and data capacity than 3G UMTS and up to six times more than 2G GSM. Furthermore, it frees up bandwidth because VoLTE’s packets headers are smaller than those of unoptimized VoIP/LTE.

What is KYC?
KYC, or Know Your Customer, is a process of a business verifying the identity of its clients – eKYC means taking the process online, doing away with manual paper checks, and thus ideally speeding up the process so that there is greater convenience for the users, and greater efficiency for the businesses.

How I got the Jio SIM:

Despite all the cool and attractive services it may sound to give but, here is some ground level review of getting Mukesh Ambani’s beloved Jio SIM.

As I heard all over the news about how much Jio is getting popularity with its free 4G internet service, I could not wait longer to get it. I thought it will be a piece of cake. I thought I will just walk into Reliance Digital Express store and ask the seller to give me the Jio sim and use seamless internet however; the scenario was way different as it seems (Nothing you could get so easily in India if it is free). People were inside the store in a huge crowd and the queue was way too long. I stand there asked people what are the things that I require to claim the SIM (You require a bar code generated in MyJio app and your Aadhaar card). Since the queue was loo long, thinking about the time for my turn, I went home. Then I went again to the store and the seller informed me that he was running out of SIM and told me to come next week.

After few days, my friend called me and informed me that some different shop vendors were distributing the Jio SIM for free and told me to come soon. I gathered my courage to face the crowd which I obviously expect. I saw the same damn thing again huge crowd in front of Vivo retail shop which was odd because only Reliance Digital stores were distributing them. Later I found out that Reliance dealers were involved in them and now the registration and activation of SIM was through eKYC.

So, your Jio SIM can easily be activated within few minutes. Furthermore in the story, I joined in the queue with my friend waiting to get the sim. After standing for 3 hours the vendor said he was all out of SIM and new SIMs were on their way and would reach within half hour. I started to wonder, where its source was and funnily enough found out that they had already in their shop. Now there was a problem with new batch of SIM that they were not registered with TRAI (Telecomm Regulatory Authority of India) and due to connectivity problem they weren’t able to register them. So he told us to go somewhere else because it may not be possible that day to register the SIM.

Frustrated and tired, me and my friend thought to give another shot and try in another shop. We went to different shop where scenario was different. (Token system) People who had submitted their Aadhaar card photocopy were called one by one serially and were given activated Jio SIM. We used all our efforts to let the vendor accept our Aadhaar card photocopies and then we were asked to come and get our SIM at around 7 pm. When we arrived at 7 pm, seller told us that all the SIMs are distributed and finished, which made me even more frustrated and angry.

At 8 pm after all day effort finally the seller asked for my unique bar code generated through MyJio app, scanned my aadhar card and took my digital finger prints. Actually vendor was giving me the registered Jio sim which came in the offer with new Reliance Lyf mobiles, so it was not free for me I paid him Rs.300 which I think was worthy otherwise I would have to come next day and go through all the process again.

Finally after the activation and all day effort (say hard work) my Reliance Jio sim was ready and then I finally relaxed.

Ground Reality:

Later I started to analyse the market situation of getting Jio SIM card. There were three types of Jio SIM available in the market:

  1. SIMs which are abundantly stored in bags but they are neither registered with TRAI nor activated. They are just pieces of plastic and silicon. Most users have such SIM as they are sold in black and easily available but they are worthless.

  2. SIMs which are registered with TRAI but not activated. According to TRAI it is registering 50,000 SIMs per day. Some users have such SIMs and are waiting for more than a week for activation (also worthless).

  3. Finally SIMs which are registered and activated through eKYC and are in use. Jio 4G internet speed is really fast, awesome, and has seamless downloading and browsing. Of course, net speed varies w.r.t time (less in night and more in day) and place.

Here are some other user problems Reliance Jio not working.After using Reliance Jio 4G, I tested its internet speed. Here is a speed test in my local area. Speed Test.tarriff

Other Jio services:

    • Reliance WiPod: Reliance introduces Wi-Pod devices which makes Wi-Fi free home in plug and play mode with speed of up to 14.7MBPS. In early 2015 the company launched reliance 3 (max 3.1mbps speed) and pro 3 (max 14.4mbps speed) dongles with unlimited data pack for a month plan. This Wi-Pod modem will definitely compete with the MTS MBlaze Ultra Wi-Fi and Tata Photon Wi-max. Hereafter no need of extra space in your internet connectivity table to create Wi-Fi hotspot using any WI-FI router devices.

    • Reliance Jio Fibre broadband: According to Phone Radar, Reliance Jio will first start testing its FTTH broadband service in Delhi and Mumbai. It also says that the service is now open under Welcome Offer for 90 days, similar to Jio’s Welcome Offer for 4G on mobile. The report says that after the 90 days Reliance Jio will launch its data plans starting at Rs. 500.

The Reliance Jio Fibre broadband service will offer data plans under three different categories: Silver, Gold and Platinum. The report doesn’t specify how these three plans will work. But it says that tariffs will be based on speed, volume and price.


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Credited to: Akash Bhatt and Umesh Bhatt