Reliance has launched their 4G mobile network Jio which is not yet officially launched but is creating quite a stir in the mobile network segment with the mind blowing offers and freebies which are being given away, setting up a huge user base even before it is launched in the country. The competition which is being created by Reliance Jio 4G can be seen and is being felt by other network providers like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, etc who have almost doubled the amount of data they have been providing as compared to earlier for the same price.
Reliance Jio VoLTE support has been provided with a free Preview offer initially for any LYF smartphone buyer and later extended to Samsung smartphone users – List of Samsung smartphones supporting Reliance Jio SIM. It is being rumored that the company is also planning to include OnePlus devices as well as iPhone’s under the list of device to support the Jio SIM card and the free 3 months unlimited 4G Data and calls offer. So if you are looking to try out the amazing Reliance Jio 4G free preview offer, you need to check out the following most commonly asked doubts and questions which I have compiled from my readers.
What are the Devices which support or are eligible to get the Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE SIM card and free preview offer?
Reliance has at the moment only announced Samsung devices to get the 4G SIM card along with their own LYF smartphones all of which are eligible. Many users have tried their luck by using other 4G VoLTE enabled devices to get the code and get a SIM card which was successful to some users but lately Reliance has tightened it up and other devices apart from the Samsung and LYF devices are not getting the code or verification.
Which is the cheapest smartphone which is eligible to get the Reliance Jio SIM card?
Reliance has launched their own LYF smartphones, which are directly eligible to receive the JIO SIM card and they have some very affordable smartphones starting from Rs. 2,999. The device are LYF Flame 3, Flame 4, Flame 5 and Flame 6 all of which are priced at Rs. 2,999 and are basic smartphones which can act as secondary devices or can be used as a hotspot to use the amazing speeds which Jio is capable of. If you look at Samsung devices the cheapest smartphone to be eligible for Jio SIM card activation is the Samsung Galaxy J2 which is priced higher round Rs. 7,500.
What are the LTE Bands which Reliance Jio will be supporting?
Devices which come with support for the following LTE Bands will be able to run Jio SIM card – 1800 MHz band 3, 850 MHz 5 and 2300 MHz band 40. Reliance Jio is capable of operating in bands ranging from 800 MHz and 1800 MHz and the company has the license to operate on 2300 MHz spectrum across India.
If you want to check whether your phone supports Reliance Jio or note make sure to check in the specifications of your smartphone if any of the above mentioned bands are present in the specs list.
How to get a Reliance Jio SIM and get it activated?
So now comes with most important question which everyone is worried about, how to get a Reliance Jio SIM and is your smartphone compatible or eligible to get the preview offer?. As the Reliance Jio network is not launched officially everyone cannot get the SIM cards like other network providers but there are some restrictions to get a Reliance Jio SIM card and the free three months preview offer.
At the moment LYF smartphones are eligible to get the Jio SIM card and the preview offer – List of LYF smartphones eligible to get Jio 4G SIM card. Along with the LYF devices only the Samsung smartphones which support VoLTE are eligible to receive the SIM card and get the preview offer activated – List of Samsung devices to get Jio SIM. So to get your hands on the SIM before the official launch of Jio you need to have any of the above two devices or need to wait for the official launch of the service which is expected to be in the month of August.
How to apply for Relaince Jio SIM from Samsung and LYF devices?
For getting the Jio SIM card with any LYF smartphone which you buy, you can ask for the details with the dealer from where you are buying the device. But if you are trying to get the SIM card from an existing or new Samsung smartphone you need to follow the steps mentioned here – Get Jio SIM with Samsung devices.
How much time does it take for the Jio SIM to get activated?
There are many steps which are needed to get your Jio SIM activated and once you get the SIM you need to get it verified with after a verification call, which will be coming to your other number which should be given in the application. Frankly speaking the time taken for activation is varying from user to user, for some it is as fast as a few hours and for some it is taking days which is quite frustrating for many.
So do not have any high hopes to get your Jio SIM activated in hours as the huge number of incoming applications is making it difficult for the centers which are accepting these forms to get through each one swiftly.
How is the Reliance Jio Data Speeds, Call and Reach in all areas?
As for now after using the Reliance Jio SIM for close to a week my experience is mixed. The speeds received with the free 4G Preview offer is sometimes staggering clocking around 30-40 Mbps and for some it is going up to 65Mbps which seems to be the highest recorded, but at times the speeds are not going more than 2 Mbps it is not clear why this is happening. At times I have noticed that there was sufficient network available but the data connectivity was down.
But being in a pre launch or beta stage we cannot expect it to run as smoothly as a post launch service and although with the hiccups faced, Reliance Jio 4G LTE free data and the free calls offer is taking the cellular network segment by storm giving nightmares to its competitors.
Can I get Jio SIM with other phones apart from Samsung and LYF devices?
It was possible a week ago but after the update which was released by Reliance, other devices do not seem to get the Code and even if the code is generated, the SIM cards are not get activated. I have seen friends with OnePlus 3, Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 2 etc get the SIM earlier before the update and using it till date but when I tired recently with the LeMax 2 it was not generating the code. So try your luck if you need to.