Amassing 52 million subscribers in less than three months, Reliance Jio chief Mukesh Ambani today announced extension of free voice and data offer for existing and new consumers till March 31.
Reliance Jio, he said, is the fastest-growing technology company in the world.
“In the first 3 months, Jio has grown faster than Facebook, WhatsApp or Skype,” Ambani said.
“Starting December 4, 2016, every new Jio user will get Jio’s data, voice, video and the full bouquet of Jio applications absolutely free till March 31, 2017,” he said, adding that the ‘Jio Happy New Year Offer’ will also be extended to existing customers on current SIMs.
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Ambani, Reliance Industries Chairman, in September, had stormed into the telecom business announcing free voice and data till December-end.
On an average, a Jio customer is using 25 times more data than the average Indian broadband user, he said, adding that Jio has signed up over 6 lakh customers every single day for the past 3 months.
Ambani has accused incumbent operators like Bharti Airtel of anti-competitive behaviour by delaying providing points of interconnection that had led to blocking of nearly 900 crore voice calls from Jio to other networks.
“Benefits of Jio’s superior technology have been denied to customers due to anti-competitive behaviour of incumbent operators,” he said further, adding that the call block rate has come down to nearly 20 per cent as of yesterday from over 90 per cent.
Buoyed by Reliance Jio growing faster than Facebook and WhatsApp in first three months of launch to reach 52 million customer base, India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani today announced extension of free domestic voice calls and data till March 31.
With over 52 million customers taking Jio’s free voice and data since its launch on September 4, he announced ‘Jio Happy New Year Offer’ of free data, voice, video and applications till March 31 for new users joining from December 4 as well as the existing ones.
However, the plan will come with a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) which will cap data for Reliance Jio customers at around 1 GB per day.
A service to home delivery of Reliance Jio SIM cards was also announced.
Ambani, 59, also announced a rollout of Jio Money Merchant Solutions, a mobile payment application, for enabling digital payment for small merchants at their various points of transactions.
“Jio has become the fastest growing technology company, not only in India, but in the history of the world! In the first three months since its birth, Jio has grown faster than Facebook, WhatsApp or Skype,” he said.
Jio has crossed 50 million customers in first 83 days (user base now is over 52 million).
“Starting 4th of December, 2016, every new Jio user will get Jio’s data, voice, video and the full bouquet of Jio applications and content, absolutely free till March 31, 2017,” he said, adding that the benefit will also be extended to the existing users.
Ambani, who had more than a decade ago left the telecom business to younger brother Anil when the Reliance empire their father had created was split, formally re-entered the sector in September, offering free voice call for life and free data till December 31.
After that, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd was to offer data for Rs 50 per GB and a monthly plan for as low as Rs 149.
Justifying the change in FUP, he said 20 per cent of users consuming disproportionately high amount of data, leading to congestion in network.
“During this period, Jio customers will also be able to test-drive Jio’s digital recharge and billing experience, especially using the JioMoney wallet,” he said.
According to Ambani, Jio has already crossed 50 million customers in the three months since launch on September 1.