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Is the Reliance Jio’s JioPhone really free?

The latest entrant to India's telecom market, Reliance Jio, has announced an unprecedented offer -- a 4G enabled phone with support for apps and videocalling for free.According to Mukesh Ambani, customers do not have to pay anything for the phone as the cost of the phone will be returned to

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WATCH HERE: Mukesh Ambani speech on Reliance Jio at AGM today

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio will make a 'significant announcement' about the 4G wireless service provider's offerings at 11 AM on Friday while delivering his annual speech at its parent's annual general meeting.A live webcast of Mukesh Ambani's speech at the AGM, at which he is expected to

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BSNL halves 2Mbps unlimited plan to Rs 599 from 1,199

Faced with a slowdown due to the emergence of the pan-India competitor Reliance Jio, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has halved the price of its unlimited 2 Mbps DSL broadband plan to 599 per month.The player was earlier offering unlimited 2 Mbps for Rs 1,199.Though cheap by the company's standards,

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SpiceJet enters offline retail, offers free tickets to Goa, Bangkok

Airline SpiceJet said it has opened its first physical store under its new ‘SpiceStyle’ retail brand at Galleria Mall in Gurgaon, near Delhi.The launch of its first physical store marks SpiceStyle’s entry into the offline segment besides its ecommerce portal and a brand store launched in association with

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Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi offer free hotel stay to boost tourism

In an effort to boost tourism in its home town of Abu Dhabi, government-controlled Etihad Airways announced a set of freebies and packages for passengers transiting through the Gulf city.The biggest freebies are for first class passengers. They will get two free nights at any of the 60 hotels

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SpiceJet enters e-commerce business with Amazon

SpiceJet, arguably the most aggressive low-cost carrier in India, has entered the e-commerce business with a new venture named 'SpiceStyle!' and also tied up with online giant Amazon.Products from the company will be available via the eponymous website, as well as on Amazon.The unit has been created as a subsidiary

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Reliance Jio launches Dhan Dhana Dhan offer with three times validity as Summer Surprise

Reliance Jio is all set to relaunch its earlier 303 and 499 plan, but with three-times the earlier validity, according to sources.This would help it side-step issues around continuing with free services.UPDATE: The new offer will be called Dhan Dhana Dhan and will have slightly different recharge values. The 303

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Reliance Jio allows ‘queuing’ of 303, 499 recharges for 1 year

With on four more days remaining before the start of paid services on Reliance Jio, India's largest telecom operator by volume, the company has urged its sales agents to promote the idea of 'queuing' up recharges for a year."We have been told to encourage users to do recharges for multiple

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BSNL announces new postpaid plans with more data, unlimited calling

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the publicly owned telecom services provider, announced liberalization of its plans for postpaid customers, a month after doing so for prepaid subscribers.While it offers 1 GB data plus unlimited calling to prepaid subscribers for Rs 339, for pospaid, the cost of the unlimited calling pack has

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Reliance Jio Prime registrations run into server hassles

Reliance Jio's much anticipated 'Prime Recharge' has created consternation on day 1 as the company faced an unexpected rush of users eager to seize the offer.Many users are facing problems activating the offer and have taken to social media with their complaints.The offer, which needs to be availed before the end

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Bharti Airtel offers 0.5 GB/day at Rs 149 to counter Reliance Jio’s 303 plan

Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator by revenue, has increased the data allocation on its unlimited plan to 0.5 GB per day from 4 GB per month.First noted by Credit Suisse, the schemes have been rolled out since Reliance Jio unveiled a 1 GB/day scheme last week.Airtel had, a couple

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SpiceJet starts Kolkata-Dhaka flight, more to follow

SpiceJet said it will start daily flights to Dhaka from Kolkata on Mar 23, its first to the Bangladeshi capital, and said it plans to introduce more international flights soon.With the Dhaka service, the total number of international destinations served by the company has reached seven.Last month, the airline announced

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Bharti Airtel likely to counter Reliance Jio’s 303 plan shortly

Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom company, is likely to match Reliance Jio's one-year promotional 4G tariff of Rs 303 per month, according to industry and analyst sources."They have been maintaining that they will match once Jio starts charging for customers," said a stock analyst based in Mumbai. "That time has

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