Are calls really free from Reliance Jio? Data charges Applicable!!

Reliance Jio has set a new benchmark in Indian Telecom Industry.  Everyone was expecting relatively cheaper calls and Data but Jio went way forward and made calls free.\r\n\r\nThey were able to do so because Jio is all about Data. It’s a data network and calls made via them transmits on Data bandwidth.  So when one makes or receives a call via Jio, he is using his data.\r\n\r\nBut now comes a twist. Calls are free on Reliance but data is not. So will the Data used by calls be charged from you Data pack?\r\n\r\nNo, Jio recently made it all clear that they will not charge Data consumed by calls from your Data pack. Not just the confirmation, the company added this to their website. Here is a snap of the same:-\r\n\r\nJio Calls\r\n\r\nSorry for the poor Quality. \r\n\r\nSo that is now something really exciting. You will not pay for calls at all. Moreover, Reliance is already giving 4 GB 4G data daily as a welcome offer to all the new and old customers and will keep this on until the end of this year.\r\n\r\nBut before you jump off your place run to buy a Jio SIM card read this.  There is a huge demand of Jio.  Actually because of its Data offering and Jio is not able to fulfill this demand. Supply of SIM cards is low and that is resulting into long waiting. You might have to wait days for that and even stand in queues for hours.  So before visiting Jio center or Digital xpress, keep your documents ready and also pack your things to eat during those long queues.

Reliance Jio preview offer extends for HP users but with a condition

India’s Most awaited Telecom company Reliance Jio is yet to see a commercial launch but its popularity is at peak. While a few people still think it’s the same of Reliance Communication with a 4G service but many of us know that this Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio is here to stay.\r\n\r\nPeople started experiencing Jio 3 months ago with the purchase of a LYF device and then it was extended to Samsung high-end device users a few weeks ago.\r\n\r\nThere was a bug in the app which gave access to many other smartphone users too but Jio sorted that out soon.\r\n\r\nNow HP customers are allowed to use Jio SIM with Jio preview offer. But this is not like earlier offers. User of any HP laptop will get a code via SMS and he needs to walk to Reliance Digital and purchase a JioFi device. Yes, you need to buy a JioFi device worth Rs. 2899 to get access to the Unlimited 4G of Reliance Jio.\r\n\r\nAlso, you will not be able to use HP Jio preview sim in any device apart from the JioFi device.\r\n\r\nOn a practical side, this offer brings you unlimited 4G at a cost of Rs 1000 per month.\r\n\r\nSince RJIL is all set to launch themselves in full swing with a month or two, expecting that this 3-month offer will get extended is not fair.\r\n\r\nWe have used a Jio MiFi and it was an easy thing to operate  along with the ability to make calls with JioJoin app on a phone connected to that WiFi hotspot.\r\n\r\nSome users reported that Reliance Digital is asking for the Bill of the HP product you purchased but it is not really required. You can try at some other digital store in such case.

Reliance Jionet 4G Wifi hotspot in Jaipur

Reliance Jio 4G is having WiFi hotspot in many cities in Rajasthan. In Jaipur itself, there is approx 20 WiFi hotspot where you can go and enjoy free WiFi at amazing speed.\r\n\r\nHere is a list of all those Hotspot along with the address.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot in Civil Lines

\r\nAddress:- Near CM house, Civil Lines, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot in C Scheme

\r\nAddress:- Near Swasthya Bhawan, Tilak Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot at MI road

\r\nAddress:- Opposite Anand Bhawan, Sansar Chandra road, Government Hostel, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot at Collectorate Circle

\r\nAddress:- Near Traffic Police Chowki, Collectorate Circle, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot in Vidhyadhar Nagar

\r\nAddress:- Tiraha, Near Biyani Girls College, Khaitan Hospital road, Jaipur.\r\n\r\nAddress:- Central Spine, Vidhyadhar Nagar, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot at Badi Choupad

\r\nAddress:- Manak Chowk, Badi Choupad, Johri Bazar, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot at Bhawani Singh road

\r\nAddress:- Bhawani singh road, near Rambagh circle, Jaipur\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot in Vaishali Nagar

\r\nAddress:- Near Daily Booth 4382, Opp Nursery park, Vaishali nagar, Jaipur.\r\n\r\nAddress:- Near Kanha Restaurant, Queens Road, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot at Ajmer road

\r\nAddress:- Near Jio Center, Prince road, Vidhyut Nagar, Jaipur\r\n\r\nAddress:- Elements Mall, Ajmer road, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot in Shyam Nagar, Sodala

\r\nAddress:- Dana Pani Restaurant, Nirman nagar road, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot at Gujjar ki thadi, Gopalpura Bypass

\r\nAddress:- Near Taluka Furniture, Gurjar ki thadi, Gopalpura Bypass, Jaipur.\r\n\r\nAddress:- Main Gopalpura Bypass, Near Mahesh Nagar police Station, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot at Gandhinagar Railway station

\r\nAddress:- Opposite Satnam honda, Near Gandhinagar Railway station second gate, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot at Jawahar Circle

\r\nAddress: Opposite Jawahar circle gate, Near Sulabh complex, JLN marg, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot in Murlipura

\r\nAddress:- Kedia Place, Murlipura scheme, Opposite Shree Ram apartment, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot in Jhotwara

\r\nAddress: Near Shanti Marriage garden, 80 ft road, Brijmandal colony, Jaipur.\r\n\r\nAddress: Joshi marg crossing, Sanjay nagar, Jhotwara, Japiur\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot in Vishwakarma Area

\r\nAddress:- Sun N Mall, Road No. 1, Vishwakarma Area, Jaipur.\r\n

Jionet WiFi Hotspot at Agra Road

\r\nAddress: Cambay Golf resort, Agra Road, Jaipur.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThese are all the Jio network sites having free 4G speed WiFi hotspot. All you need to do is Visit the location as near as 10-15 meters to tower and check for “Jionet” wifi in mobile or laptop. Then connect to it. Enter your number and then OTP which you will get on mobile. It is done, enjoy super fast internet.\r\n\r\nIf you see that any site is missing here please help with its address in Comment section below.\r\n\r\n 

Reliance Jio 4G Long term review with LYF device

India’s most awaited Jio 4G is now about to open to the public, very soon. Jio is owned by Reliance Industries limited, a Mukesh Ambani company. Company started acquiring spectrum 6 years back and did that in the last auction too. It is by far the only company in the world with such huge investment even before launch.\r\n\r\nMany of the Indian consumers are now waiting for JIO 4G to announce their launch for public. There is a hype too as JIO has a target to provide excellent Internet at most affordable rate. It also keeps Idea of Digital India in mainstream whenever asked about the intentions.\r\n\r\nWe thankfully got our Hands on JIO 4G a month back, now after very extreme tests and taking data from 10 Indian Telecom circles, we are in the state to comment and review the Reliance JIO.\r\n\r\nJust in case you want to know the name of states we have covered with JIO connection, here they are :  Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (Uttrakhand too) , Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Andhra pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.\r\n

How is Internet speed on Reliance JIO 4G?

\r\nAll the time I was traveling I was being asked this question again and again. What is the Internet speed? How fast Reliance JIO 4G is?  Is reliance JIO 4G faster than Airtel? etc.    Reliance JIO 4G has to be fast and it was obviously faster than Airtel 4G but this does not mean that Airtel is knocked out.  I, or for this matter, no one can yet say that Reliance JIO washes out Airtel 4G. We must see the fact that JIO 4G users are just too limited as of now. Only Reliance employees and a few other guys have JIO connection. In my travel, I have been to places where I could feel that I was the only user of JIO network. Speeds were as fast as 60-70 Mbps all the time.\r\n\r\nJio 4G Speedtest \r\n\r\nReliance JIO 4G is definitely having that speed which is capable of defeating its rivals. But how that goes post launch is a major thing and we are yet to see that. But Yes, it will definitely give you the joy of having super fast Internet.\r\n\r\nRemember there in no 2G and 3G in the game, Reliance Jio is all about 4G.\r\n

How is call Quality on Reliance JIO 4G?

\r\nThe question of call quality would not be there if Jio was doing same old school voice call. But, Jio opts for calls via Voice over LTE (VoLTE). HD voice is the new thing that you may love in coming years.\r\n\r\nThough I was not able to test much of HD voice experience as there was a lack of other JIO numbers but in the limited time which I got, I could easily notice that Call quality was a bit different. There was this enhanced voice kind of thing which makes you feel that the other person has sent you some sort of recorded voice with some high-quality Audio mic.\r\n\r\nOne more amazing thing that I noticed was time taken in connecting the call. From a Jio  to Jio the call gets connected like in 1 or 2 seconds. That is really really fast. Even while calling some non Jio number you will notice that time taken in connecting was less.\r\n

How about Video call on Reliance JIO 4G?

\r\nVideo call will be another big thing once you find yourself in the ecosystem of Reliance JIO. Just like the normal calls you can make Video calls too. This can be done right from the phone dialer and it is so neat and sharp.  Though you might feel that you have done better Quality calls with Skype etc over High-speed line but still on a daily Basis Jio has better quality.\r\n\r\nI will blame poor LYF devices here for giving that shitty slow performance. So unless you get an open or unlocked Jio SIM and use it in Good devices, you must not expect big in Video Calls at least.\r\n

How is Signal Strenght or Coverage of Reliance JIO 4G?

\r\nFrankly speaking, Signal Strenght and Coverage reminded me of Reliance Communications. They both were as bad as RCom had. RCom was however not having bad strength but Reliance JIO is bad there too.\r\n\r\nBut WAIT. Before you reach to any conclusion, let me tell you something. Delay in Reliance Jio’s full swing launch is credited to this reason.  Reliance JIO, to increase its signal strength and expand its coverage, partnered with RCom and will use their 850 MHz band to provide that long stretch connectivity.  This makes sense as 850 MHz band can travel more distance than any other higher bands.\r\n\r\nIn our tests, we were having no option to wait till this merger happens so we kept reviewing the already available things. There were a few major problems due to this signal strength issue. Data speed was varying way more than expected. With a drop of like just 5% of Signal, the Data speed falls 30-35% and with the loss of 15-20% signal you are left with just 35-40% of the speed you can get. This is never observed on other Telecom operator.\r\n\r\nI will update this section once I get my hands on to the new merged network of Reliance JIO. \r\n

What are reviews of JIO Apps like Jio Chat, Jio Beats, Jio Mags, Jio Money etc?

\r\nReliance Jio not only wants to bring in telecom company but also wants to create a JIO ecosystem and is leading towards that even before launch.  Apps like Jio Money, Jio Chat, Jio Beats etc are available to public from a long time now and they are getting regular updates which keep on increasing their worth. Though they are almost fully functional but we still have to wait if masses are ready to accept this new ecosystem and how they react to things.\r\n\r\nJio Play app Jio 4G Apps\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWith Jio Money having a lot of partners and Jio Beats having a lot of Music stuff they are in a position to take on their competitors but apps like Jio Play is just outstanding. It stands out of any of the existing live TV app and clearly wins the battle.\r\n

What are the Prepaid and Postpaid plans of Reliance JIO?

\r\nThis is a question still unanswered. There is no comment by any official or nowhere Plans are written as of now. All the customers having a reliance Jio connection are enjoying everything for free as of now. Free 4G, Free Calls, Free roaming, Free SMS and even the Jio apps are free.\r\n\r\nYes, there will be both Prepaid and Postpaid connection types but as of now everyone is on a prepaid connection.\r\n\r\nAll the testing I have done was performed with a LYF device. At present, you need to have LYF device to use JIO connection. Here is a video explaining my experience with LYF Wind 4 and JIO. \r\n\r\n\r\nIf you have any doubt or want to ask anything which is not covered above please let me know in comments section below. I will revert ASAP.

Airtel’s Open Network campaign is actually useful

Airtel’s new Open network campaign which is actually a part of already active project leap is turning useful for many Airtel and even non-airtel users.\r\n\r\nWith “Open Network” program Airtel is now allowing everyone to check out their network site’a location, all over India. One can check the nearest network site or can even see coverage of a particular location. There is a filter which let you select between 2G and 3G/4G coverage. You can also see if there is a requirement of Network site near you and above that you can help Airtel to deploy network site there.\r\n\r\nOpen Network\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThis Program is a part of Airtel’s revolutionary Project Leap, which has got a target of investing Rs 60,000 crore in building a robust network nationwide.\r\n\r\nYou can easily check coverage in your Area by clicking here or in your My Airtel mobile application. However on the app, you can not directly see the map but request for an email having snapshot of your location.\r\n\r\nAirtel is at present the leading Telecom company of India and well aware of the fact that robust network all over India along with improved Data speed is the only thing that can help one to retain and gain consumers at present and will keep the revenue coming in future.\r\n\r\nThough upcoming Reliance Jio is more focused on data but still they will have a hard time to even compete with strong Airtel Network. With even growing Domestic network Airtel is also expanding Internationally. Their recent partnership with a Gulf company has extended their reach in few gulf countries.

Airtel revised their 50% night Cashback offer

Airtel Last year launched an offer for all its prepaid customers where all the Data consumed by an Airtel user between 12am to 6am will be tracked and 50% of that will be credited back to user’s account.\r\n\r\nThis was free for all the prepaid users and they needed to activate that via a simple SMS or Miss call to 55555. This was then valid for one month and the customer can always reactivate that with the same process.\r\n\r\nLast month Airtel revised this plans and added a more feature to it. Now the user will also get Night cashback of call he made in that time. (12am to 6am)\r\n\r\nBut the voice cashback of 50% will be given as free Airtel to Airtel Local seconds. Still it’s a welcome move and for all the night birds it is useful and gives them one more reason to love Airtel .\r\n\r\nIf you are yet not aware of this free offer by Airtel, you must not miss it.\r\n

Here are the steps to activate 50% Night cashback offer of Airtel:-

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  • Send NIGHT to 121.
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  • You will get the confirmation shortly along with the expiry date.
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\r\nCashback will be given for any of you data plan speed. No matter its 2G or 3G or 4G. But if you are using a night plan of Airtel then cashback will not be given.\r\n\r\nThis is all about it and if you like this plan the mention your experience with it in comments. Also, You can ask your doubts here.

Reliance Communications shuts down CDMA operations partially

India’s largest CDMA player RCom with 5 million CDMA users recently announced that they are now shutting CDMA operations and by the end of may, CDMA will all be out of the market from 17 circles and later from remaining 4 circles too.  Since the may is over now, we have seen that users who were not upgraded or ported are not getting signals.\r\n\r\nMany users of Reliance CDMA reported to PlanDekho that they are having signal bars and getting SMS but Calls are not going through. Sometimes they get the call but it gets disconnected before they pick it up.\r\n\r\nReliance Communications in march asked the customers who were using CDMA connections to switch to their upcoming 4G GSM service so that they do not lose the number. This upgrade was aggressive in 17 circles as RCom there has a tie up with Upcoming Telecom Giant Reliance JIO for 4G services.\r\n\r\nRajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka were 4 circles where this shutdown was not much expected but users from Rajasthan are already reporting no Signal bars.\r\n\r\nIf you are among the existing reliance customers then we suggest you port out or upgrade to 4G of reliance to continue your service.\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you have any doubts or question regarding Reliance CDMA getting closed then you can comment down below and expect a reply at the earliest.

Airtel Unlimited incoming International roaming plans

Airtel users who travel frequently out of country especially to USA, UK, Thailand, UAE and Singapore have news to cheer. Airtel has launched new International roaming plans with amazing benefits.\r\n

Airtel’s Unlimited incoming international Roaming plan for USA

\r\nIf you are traveling to United states of America, activate a plan of Rs 4999 and enjoy unlimited incoming for 30 days. Along with the free incoming, you get access to 3 GB data and 399 free calls to India.\r\n

Airtel’s limited incoming international Roaming plan for UAE (Dubai)

\r\nIf you are traveling to UAE, activate a plan of Rs 3999 and enjoy 100 Minutes incoming free for 30 days. Along with the free incoming, you get access to 3 GB data and 399 free calls to India.\r\n

Airtel’s Unlimited incoming international Roaming plan for UK (England, etc)

\r\nIf you are traveling to United Kingdom, activate a plan of Rs 4999 and enjoy unlimited incoming for 30 days. Along with the free incoming, you get access to 3 GB data and 399 free calls to India.\r\n

Airtel’s Unlimited incoming international Roaming plan for Thailand (Bangkok)

\r\nIf you are traveling to India, activate a plan of Rs 2499 and enjoy unlimited incoming for 30 days. Along with the free incoming, you get access to 1 GB data and 299 free calls to India.\r\n

Airtel’s Unlimited incoming international Roaming plan for Singapore

\r\nIf you are traveling to Singapore, activate a plan of Rs 2499 and enjoy unlimited incoming for 30 days. Along with the free incoming, you get access to 1 GB data and 299 free calls to India.\r\n

How to activate International roaming pack in Airtel?

\r\nInternational roaming pack in Airtel can be activated as follows for Postpaid customers:-\r\n

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  • Among boosters, find out desired International roaming pack and activate.
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\r\nNOTE- Plan will be active for 180 Days once selected. It will be activated once you connect your SIM card to partner network in foreign country. \r\n\r\nCurrently, this is only available for Postpaid customers. Prepaid customers need to recharge with appropriate plan after asking Customer care executive.

Is BSNL 20 GB 3G data in Rs 50 a Hoax?

Largest state-owned telecom service provider BSNL reportedly launched a special promotion offer for all its users across India. BSNL is operating in 20 circles of India and has 3G network all across country.\r\n\r\nBSNL is highly criticized for having a poor network in rural areas and slow network speed in congested city areas. But recently a news surfaced online on social media as well as print media that BSNL has launched new plan which gives 20 GB of whopping 3G data in just Rs 50. Not just the huge Data but news also claimed that one can share that data with 4 other people.\r\n\r\nIt took no time to get this viral but looks like there in no offer like that. Several BSNL authorities denied this and even said that this is someone trying to create hoax and destroy BSNL’s public image.\r\n\r\nBSNL Self care\r\n\r\nNews claimed that customer needs to activate this from BSNL’s self care portal.  But the link of self-care which surfaced was of a Broadband portal. So there are high chances that no such offer exist.\r\n\r\nWe have drafted a mail to a senior authority in BSNL and waiting for revert. Lets hope for something good.

Steps to activate One day Internet pack in Airtel

The leading teleco of India, Airtel is having the largest customer base in country. They are now serving all the 3 generation of telephony  i.e.  2G, 3G and 4G. But yet there need is a long way for them to go in Data sector.\r\n\r\nThis post is about the simple steps telling how can one activate a one day Internet pack from his account balance. This daily data pack is also known as Rs 5 internet pack.\r\n

Activate One day Internet pack in Airtel from Account Balance

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  • Open Dialer and dial *222#.
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  • After 5 seconds a message will flash which will be having certain options.
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  • Reply that message with number written there.
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  • On the next screen you will be asked to replay with 1 to activate that.
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  • Open Dialer and Dial *222*5#.
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  • You will see a message flashing on screen then asking to proceed.
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  • Press 1 to confirm and activate the One day Internet pack.
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\r\nAvsHx0jHOhxcGIlsK9V3_FCj5tIs3hA6H1N3HNMccFjr Av2F2LKZkUjjWtD4z_O8vr-EGj0YwHIEfSXOfycvP6gI\r\n\r\nNOTE:- This plan is not Auto renewal so you will not be charged again automatically. This will be applicable till 11:59 pm of same day. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe above given codes work for all Airtel number in all the Indian states and Telecom circles. If any one of you face any difficulty in this or know any other way to activate such Daily packs, do inform us via comments below or mail us.