MUMBAI, Aug 28: Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has suspended the pre-booking of its newly launched 4G VoLTE feature phone, JioPhone after high demand as 5 million people booked the phone within a week.
“The customers can, however, register their details but we are not taking any pre-booking as of now”, said a person familiar with the matter.
A message on Jio’s website uploaded on Sunday that the customers will be informed when the company restarts pre-booking.
The Mukesh Ambani-led firm had also offered customers the option of booking the device through the offline channels through Jio retailers and other retailers including the Reliance Digital stores network.
The booking with a Rs 500 crossed the 3 million mark within couple of hours.
The device which was unveiled at the Reliance Industries AGM, is effectively priced zero where customers will be required to pay a one-time deposit of Rs 1,500 for the handset, to be refunded after three years on return of the handset.
With voice free for life, a JioPhone user will get unlimited SMS services and half a GB of data a day for Rs 153 a month – about one-thirtieth the price of data in the market – and access to various Jio apps on music and movies among others, besides YouTube and Facebook.
Jio is targeting 500 million Indians through the phone.