Airtel, Karbonn join hands for low-priced 4G smartphone

Airtel partners with Karbonn to roll out 4G enabled feature phone; here's how much it costs

Bharti Airtel and Karbonn Mobiles on Wednesday announced their partnership to bring affordable 4G smartphones to the market, effectively at the price of a feature phone, a joint statement said. Airtel, he said, plans to partner with multiple manufacturers to bring affordable smartphone options to the market and build an "open ecosystem" of low cost devices. We are delighted to partner with Karbonn to remove barriers to smartphone adoption and enable millions of Indians to leapfrog to a full touchscreen smartphone experience. Airtel has said that it is only the first of the several partnerships planned with handset makers to manufacture bundled 4G smartphones.

Airtel-Karbonn comes up with a new 4G smartphone to compete with Reliance JioPhone.

Airtel said that the 4G phone - Karbonn A40 Indian, at a viable cost of Rs 1,399, will come packaged with a month to month revive pack of Rs 169. Those making the 36 recharge will get a refund of Rs 500 after the first 18 months and a further Rs 1,000 refund after the next 18 months.

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Following the footsteps of Reliance Jio, Airtel today brought out a bundled data offer combining it with a smartphone at an effective cost of Rs 1399.


What do you think about this offering from Airtel and Karbonn?

The Karbonn A40 Indian runs Android 7.0 Nougat which means you have access to all the apps that are available on the Google Play Store including YouTube, Facebook, and most importantly, WhatsApp. "This is yet another step in our ongoing journey to deeply understand customers and bring innovation that delights them", Raj Pudipeddi, director, Consumer Business & CMO, Bharti Airtel said. On many fronts, the Airtel-Karbonn collaboration is beating Reliance JioPhone in its game. Similar to the JioPhone, the price tag of Rs 1,399 is the effective price. The camera on the back of the device sits beside the flash light and the speakers has been placed on the bottom part on the rear panel of the smartphone. For the left Rs 1000, he will have to make another Rs 3000 recharge for the next 18 months. Whereas Airtel is offering its Rs 169 special plan only for the prepaid users.

The dual-SIM device has 8GB memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Global Positioning System. The device also features a MicroSD card slot which can handle cards of up to 32GB.

You can do any desired recharge you want, but to get the refund, you have stick to the 169 plan.

Unlike JioPhone, the users won't need to return the handset to Airtel or Karbonn in order to claim the cash benefit. However, to claim the cash refund benefit, recharges worth Rs3,000 must be done within the first 18 months to claim the first refund instalment of Rs500 and recharges worth another Rs3,000 over the next 18 months to claim the second refund instalment of Rs1,000.

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