Reliance Jio has expanded its free 90-day unlimited calls and high-speed mobile broadband trial offer to users of 4G smartphones of Gionee, Karbonn and Lava, taking its total reach to about 60 per cent of potential 4G customers in the country.
"Jio Preview Offer is now open to customers of all 4G smartphones from Gionee, Karbonn & Lava," an industry trade source told PTI.
The free Jio service is also available on 4G handsets of Samsung, LG, Micromax, Panasonic, TCL, Alcatel and Asus.
The owner of 4G-compliant handset from any of these brands needs to carry it to Reliance Digital stores, including Digital Xpress and Digital Xpress Mini, and other retail stores for a free SIM.
At the store, he will have to share the code generated on his phone with the help of a Jio mobile app. He can then get the Jio SIM, subject to submission of KYC documents.
As per Counterpoint Research, two out of every three smartphones shipped in April-June 2016 in India were LTE (4G) compatible.
As per the research agency, Samsung, Micromax and LYF, on which Jio service is already available, jointly accounted for about 46 per cent of smartphone market share.
"If you exclude Chinese brands Lenovo, Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi LeEco and Indian brand Intex on which Jio service is not available, the rest of the brands with this service accounts for about 15 per cent market share. This takes Jio reach to about 60 per cent 4G smartphones in India," the source said.
As per the offer, customers can enjoy unlimited access to Jio services for 90 days from activation of Jio SIM.
Jio's 4G services include unlimited voice calls and video calls, unlimited SMS, unlimited 4G mobile broadband and applications like JioOnDemand (for movies), JioLive (for live TV shows), JioXpressNews and the like.