As reported earlier Airtel has launched a second 4G VoLTE smartphone in partnership with Celkon to launch Celkon Smart 4G to compete with the Jio Phone. Earlier Airtel tied up with Karbonn to launch the A40 which was priced similarly. The price of the smartphone was advertised as Rs. 1,349 but there are many hidden recharges which need to be done to get the cashback after 18 months or one and a half year later. Will be explaining the pricing of the device in detail. Coming to the specifications of the Celkon Smart 4G, it sports a 4-inch WVGA touch screen display having resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor having 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal storage space which is expandable up to 32GB using microSD card. It comes with Dual SIM option and has a 3.2MP rear camera with LED flash along with a 2MP front facing camera. The Celkon Smart 4G smartphone comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS software out of the box. It comes with 3.5mm audio jack and has FM Radio. It comes with a 1500mAh battery.
Pricing of Celkon Smart 4G with Airtel:
You need to pay Rs. 2,849 upfront and need to do recharge of Rs. 169 for 36 months continuously.
You will get a cashback or Refund of Rs. 500 after 18 months and Rs. 1,000 after 36 months, this is will give you a total refund of Rs. 1,500 after 36 months or 3 years.
What do you get for Rs. 169 plan in Celkon Smart 4G with Airtel pack?
You will be getting unlimited calling for 28 days along with 0.5GB or 500MB of 4G data every day for 28 days.
Practically speaking, paying 2,849 upfront and then recharging for Rs. 169 every month for 18 months brings the total to 2849 + 3042 – 5891 which you will be paying to get a cashback of Rs. 500 after 18 months. After 36 months or 3 years – 2849 + 6084 = 8933 which will give you a cashback of Rs. 1,000. Having a life of three years for a smartphone these days is quite rare and one with 1GB of RAM and the specs which are given is quite low. So if you feel that you will be using the free calling option and 0.5 GB of data is sufficient for you, it is a decent offer.
Note: If you forget to recharge even for a month, the cashback offer will be void.