As reported earlier about a Jio Phone competitor from Airtel, comes the Karbonn A40 which is in partnership launching their cheapest VoLTE smartphone. This is promising as Airtel has started rolling out VoLTE network across India starting with Mumbai. Airtel is claiming and showcasing the Karbonn A40 to be priced at Rs. 1399 but it is priced at Rs. 2899. There is a catch which will be explained after the specifications are seen. (the case with Airtel always).
Apart from being 4G VoLTE supported, it comes with a 4-inch display having 280 x 800 pixels resolution. The device comes with a MediaTek quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage space. The device surprisingly runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box. As it is an Indian centric device it supports 22 local languages to cater to all the population.
The Karbonn A40 is powered by a 1400mAh battery. The design is simple and nothing exciting or strange, decent candy bar design with a rear and front facing camera (details will be updated). The Karbonn A40 partnering with Airtel is priced at Rs. 2899 to purchase the device and there are certain cash backs etc given.
Airtel 4G VoLTE smartphone pricing details:
To purchase the Airtel 4G VoLTE phone you need to pay Rs. 2899. Airtel has mentioned that to get a cashback of Rs. 500 after 18 months (yes you heard it right) you need to do recharges worth Rs. 3000 for the duration. To get Rs. 1000 cashback after next 18 months you need to again do recharges worth Rs. 3000 for the 18 months duration. So you will be spending Rs. 6000 in terms of recharges for 36 months to get a cashback of Rs. 1500 which seems quite foolish and complicated.
To reach the Rs. 6000 limit of recharges you need to do constant monthly recharges of minimum Rs. 166 every month. To make users reach this limit, Airtel has included a Plan of Rs. 169 which gives you Unlimited calls with 0.5GB/day 4G data having a validity of 28 days.
What is the Airtel 4G Plan with VoLTE smartphone:
For Rs. 169 you will be getting unlimited calls for 28 days along with 0.5GB/day or 15GB of 4G data.