Reliance Jio today announced a partnership with Apple to offer iPhone customers in India a number of offers, including a year of complimentary Jio service worth Rs. 18,000 for retail customers and a 25 percent discount for enterprise customers.
Those who buy a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus as well as the existing iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone SE from a Reliance retail store or Apple authorized store will be eligible for the offer. All Jio users currently benefit from free service under the Reliance Jio Welcome Offer, so the one year of free service kicks in as soon as that offer expires, on December 31 2016. That means those who buy now will get almost 15 months of free service.
In particular, users will get the benefits of Jio's Rs. 1499 monthly plan: unlimited local, STD and national roaming voice calls, 20GB of 4G data, unlimited 4G data usage at night, 40GB of Wi-Fi data at Jio hotspots, unlimited SMS, and subscription to Jio's apps. Reliance pegs the value of all this at Rs. 18,000.
Enterprise customers will be eligible for a 25 percent discount and a special tariff plan, but further details of this offer are not available yet. The discount will be upfront rather than implemented as a cashback offer, sources told Gadgets 360. Details will be made available on Jio's website in a few days' time.
Sources also indicated that iPhones will not be locked to the Jio network in any way, and that customers are free to use other service providers if they do not want to take advantage of the free service. However, stocks of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are running low, and those who haven't pre-booked might not find their preferred colour and capacity available.