Reliance Jio, a leading telecom operator in India, might soon launch a 5G smartphone at Rs 5,000, reports PTI. The company plans to gradually reduce the price of the smartphone in the range of Rs 2,500- 3000 per unit once the company scales up its operation, said a company official.
With the new and affordable 5G smartphones, the company plans to target 20-30 crore mobile phone users who have a 2G connection at present. Back in July 2020 at RIL’s 43rd AGM, Mukesh Ambani had announced that Reliance Jio is focusing on 5G technology and wants to accelerate the adoption of affordable 5G smartphones for a ‘2G-Mukt’ Bharat.
There have also been reports that Reliance Jio entered into a commercial pact with the tech giant Google to together develop entry-level affordable 4G smartphones. The goal with this pact is to make India free of 2G.
RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani had also urged the government to step up the efforts when it comes to ditching 2G since millions of users in India who are still using feature phones are not able to enjoy even the most basic internet services while there are others in different parts of the world who are embracing the 5G technology. He said this prevents users from taking advantage of the digital revolution.
If you look at the 5G smartphones market right now in India, the smartphones fall somewhere between the mid and the flagship range. This is not the price range that everyone can easily afford in India, especially considering the rural areas where it’s hard to even invest in a mobile device.
So, the fact that Reliance Jio is focusing on plans to launch 5G smartphones at such an affordable price (entry-level range) might just be what India needs to give up 2G and relish the digital revolution.