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Airtel offers 4G smartphone at Rs 1399

Airtel offers 4G smartphone at Rs 1399

Late last month, we heard about Airtel launching its 4G smartphone in India for under ₹2000, and now today, the company has announced its partnership with Indian smartphone brand Karbonn to bring you the Karbonn A40 Indian - an affordable 4G smartphone. The launch is part of the Airtel's Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone and the company will now partner with various smartphone manufacturers and will create an eco-system of affordable 4G phones. It ships with a 1400 mAh battery which Karbonn claims can offer standby time of 200 hours and talk-time of up to 4 hours. Under this agreement, Airtel will provide 4G smartphones for customers in just Rs 1,399. You'd then have to make at least Rs 3000 worth of recharges for the first 18 months to receive a Rs 500 cashback, followed up by another Rs 3000 spread over 18 months to get Rs 1000 as cashback.

Please enter your email. Effectively, you are going to spend about Rs. 6000 extra after purchasing the phone only to get Rs. 1500 back from Airtel.

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

The Karbonn A40 features a full-touch 4 inch screen, dual SIM slots and comes loaded with the Google Play Store which gives it access to millions of Android apps including WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube. "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. The partnership, which is clearly meant to rival RIL's much-ambitious JioPhone, is part of Airtel's Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone initiative.

Just like the JioPhone, a customer needs to make a down payment of Rs 2,899 for the 4G smartphone. Users who get the monthly recharge will get unlimited voice calls, video calls, SMS and 500MB data per day. It offers 8 GB of storage with an option to expand storage up to 32GB.

In comparison, the JioPhone only comes with lower speed dual-core processor that 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage that's expandable up to 128GB.

In terms of camera capability, the device offers a 5 MP rear-facing camera with a single tone single LED flash and a 0.3 MP front-facing selfie camera. 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.

However, if you don't like this bundled offer, one can go with any of the recharge plans, which should sum up to INR 3,000 in the first 18 months of the actual purchase. The Airtel smartphone runs on a custom version of Android Nougat 7.0, which is also an added advantage.

This is a comparison between Airtel smartphone and Reliance Jio Phone based on specifications and features.


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