HighlightsReliance Jio is still offering free SIMs to ‘test’ its network Commercial launch is a few months away, says Mukesh Ambani Users get free access for 3 months, maybe longer if the launch is delayed
Reliance Jio has introduced the Jio Happy New Year Offer, extending all the free services introduced with the Jio Welcome Offer till March 31, 2017. While the Jio Welcome Offer customers will automatically be moved to the Happy New Year Offer, new customers will have to buy a Jio SIM in order to enjoy free data, voice calls and other services that the company is providing.
(Also see: How to Buy and Activate a Reliance Jio SIM Card)
There are a few different ways in which you can get a Reliance Jio SIM to avail the Jio Happy New Year Offer. The network works on 4G, and uses VoLTE for calls, but the latter is not available on old phones. There is an app called JioJoin that Reliance offers which works around this through VoIP calling, in case your phone doesn’t support VoLTE, so it isn’t a very big problem. The easiest way to get your hands a Reliance Jio SIM is to buy a Lyf phone by Reliance Retail.
Reliance Retail’s Lyf range of phones hasn’t been getting the most spectacular reviews, but it’s the easiest way to get a new Reliance Jio SIM right now. Just walk into a Reliance Digital Store, ask for a new Lyf phone, and you’re live on Reliance Jio. You can get a phone for as little as Rs. 3,000, and you’ll get three months of free, unlimited Internet access and calling along with it.
We can inform you that buying a phone like this, turning on the Wi-Fi hotspot, and using 4G to power your entire home’s Internet access, works well. This gives you free, unlimited data, calling, and access to all of Reliance Jio’s apps for three months, or until the commercial launch of Reliance Jio, whichever is later. But if you don’t want to carry around an extra handset everywhere you go, or don’t want to buy another phone just to get a Reliance Jio SIM there are other options.
If you have a 4G compatible phone, you can get started with Jio, here’s what you need to do to get a Reliance Jio SIM:
1) Make friends with someone working for Reliance
The easiest way to get a Jio SIM is to know someone who works with Reliance. The company allows employees to refer a certain number of people to get Jio SIMs that can be used in your phone. Most Reliance employees are probably used to getting friend requests on Facebook from people that just want a SIM, so you might want to try one of the other methods instead.
2) The Reliance Jio SIM Preview offer
The partner offer is the easiest way of getting a Reliance Jio SIM if you have any of the eligible phones. As of writing this report, the Jio Preview offer has been extended to smartphones by Samsung, HTC, Micromax, Sony, Vivo, Intex, Lava, Gionee, Panasonic, Asus, Xolo, LG, Karbonn, Videocon, YU, Sansui, Alcatel, and TCL.
The complete list of smartphones is as follows:
Grand Prime 4G, Galaxy J1, Galaxy J2, Galaxy J7, Galaxy J5, Galaxy S5 Plus, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy Core Prime 4G, Galaxy S6, Galaxy J3 (2016), ON7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy S6 Edge, ON5, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Note 4 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 Duos, Galaxy S5 Neo, S7, Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2016), S7 Edge, A8 VE, J5 (2016), J7 (2016), ON5 Pro, ON7 Pro, Galaxy J2 (2016), J Max, Galaxy A9, Galaxy A9 Pro, Galaxy C5, Galaxy C7, Galaxy J2 Pro, Galaxy Note 7.
K332 (K7 LTE), K520DY (Stylus 2), K520DY, H860 (LG G5), K500I (X Screen), K535D (Stylus 2 Plus), LGH630D (G4 Stylus 4G) & LGH 442 (LGC70 Spirit LTE)
Bolt Selfie, Canvas 5, Canvas 5 Lite, Canvas 5 Lite Special Edition, Canvas 6, Canvas 6 Pro, Canvas Amaze 4G, Canvas Blaze 4G, Canvas Blaze 4G Plus, Canvas Evok, Canvas Fire 4G, Canvas Fire 4G plus, Canvas Fire 6, Canvas Juice 4G, Canvas Knight 2, Canvas Mega 2, Canvas Mega 4G, Canvas Nitro 4G, Canvas Pace 4G, Canvas Play 4G, Canvas Pulse 4G, Canvas Sliver 5, Canvas Tab, Canvas Unite 4, Canvas Xpress 4G, Unite 4 Plus, Unite 4 Pro
Yu Yureka, Yu Yutopia, YU Note, Yu Yuphoria, Yunicorn, Yunique, Yuphoria, Yureka Plus, Yureka S
ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL), Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML), Zenfone Max (ZC550KL), Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 (ZE500KL), Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML), Zenfone Selfie( ZD551KL), Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE601KL), Zenfone Zoom(ZX551ML), Zenfone Go 5.0 LTE (T500), Zenfone 3 ZE552KL, Zenfone 3 Laser( ZC551KL), Zenfone 3( ZE520KL), Zenfone 3( ZS570KL), Zenfone 3( ZU680KL)
E8, F103 Pro, F103(1GB), F103(2GB), F103(3GB), M4, M5, M5 Lite, M5 Lite CDMA, M5 Plus, P5L, S Plus, S6, S6s, S7, V6L
Aura 1, Aura Power, Quattro L45 IPS, Quattro L50 HD, Quattro L51 HD, Quattro L52 VR, Quattro L55 HD
A71, A72, A76, A76 Plus, A88, A89, A97, Ivory s 4g, Lava V5 M, Pixel V2, V2s, X10, X11, X12, X17, X28, X38, X41, X41 Plus, X46, X50, X50 Plus, X81
Black-1X M, era 1X, era 2X, era 4G, era 4K, era X
ELUGA L, ELUGA Switch, ELUGA Icon, T45, ELUGA I2 ( 1GB ), ELUGA L2, ELUGA Mark, ELUGA Turbo, ELUGA Arc, ELUGA I2 2GB, ELUGA I2 3GB, ELUGA I3, ELUGA Icon 2, ELUGA A2, ELUGA Note, P55 Novo 4G, ELUGA Arc 2, P77
FIT 5.5, Pride T500L, TCL 560, TCL 562
OneTouch X1, Pixi 4 -5, POP Star, POP3, POP4
Xperia X A, Xperia X A Ultra, Xperia X(F5122), Xperia Z5 Dual(E6883), Xperia Z5 Premium Dual
Graphite1 V45ED, Krypton 3 V50JG, Q1, V50FA3, V50FG6
Desire 626 dual SIM, Desire 628, Desire 630, Desire 728 Dual SIM, Desire 820, Desire 820Q, Desire 820S Dual SIM, Desire 825, Desire 826, Desire 826 DS, Desire 828 DS, Desire 830, Desire Eye, HTC 10, HTC 10 Life style, One A9, One E9 S dual SIM, One E9+ Dual SIM, One M8, One M8 Eye, One M9 Plus, One M9e, One ME Dual SIM, One X9
vivo V3, vivo V3Max, vivo Y21L, vivo Y51L
Aqua 4G, Aqua 4G Star, Aqua 4G Strong, Aqua 4G+, Aqua Ace, Aqua Ace 2, Aqua Ace Mini, Aqua Craze, Aqua Eco 4G, Aqua GenX, Aqua Music, Aqua Power 4G, Aqua Raze, Aqua S7, Aqua Secure, Aqua Shine 4G, Aqua Strong 5.1, Aqua Super, Aqua Trend, Aqua Turbo 4G, Aqua View, Aqua Wing, Cloud 4G Smart, Cloud 4G Star, Cloud Crystal 2.5D, Cloud Fame 4G, Cloud Flash, Cloud Glory 4G, Cloud Jewel, Cloud String HD, Cloud String V2.0, Cloud Swift
Just follow these steps on a qualifying smartphone:
Download & Open MyJio App from Play StoreTap on Get Jio SIM on the BannerTap on Agree & Get Jio offerSelect your location from the drop downRead through the steps and click on NextOffer Code can be viewed on the screen. Note down your offer code.
Once that’s done, you will get a bar code that you need to take to a Reliance Digital where you have to show your phone and you’ll get a SIM. Remember to carry a photograph for the form, and your photo ID, and the staff will do the rest. Quick tip: in our experience – and what many other people online are also telling us – the Reliance Digital Xpress Mini Stores are much more efficient about this process than the larger Reliance Digital stores.
Note that though only a few phones qualify for the Reliance Jio SIM under this offer, you can still use this SIM on other phones if you want.
3) Get a JioFi Portable Wi-Fi hotspot
Jio is also keen to go after users at home, taking on broadband providers and not just other phone networks. One of the easiest ways to get a Reliance Jio SIM is to get the JioFi router. Launched first for HP customers, anyone can now get the JioFi router, with three months of free 4G data, although you have to pay Rs. 2,899 for the wireless compact router. That still works out to less than Rs. 1,000 a month for free, unlimited, fast data, so it’s a pretty good deal considering that unfair FUPs are the norm on all other networks.
The JioFi is a small Mi-Fi device that can create a Wi-Fi zone that up to 31 devices can connect to SIMultaneously; great for taking your phone, laptop, and tablet online all at once. It takes three hours to charge, and can be used to broadcast a signal for six hours on battery, so you can use it at home or on the go. To buy the router, you just need to get it from a Reliance Digital store. You’ll need the same documents you need for a SIM card, and you’ll have to televerify in the same manner, but then you’re up and running.
4) Ask nicely at your local Reliance Digital
Owners of any 4G smartphone can walk in to select Reliance Digital and Xpress Mini stores and get their hands on a Reliance Jio SIM, complete with the Jio Preview offer. The catch is that the offer is only available in select outlets, which can offer Jio SIM cards to customers at their discretion. You can try asking nicely at your local outlet… and if that doesn’t work, try at a few other stores as well until someone feels bad and gives you the SIM.
All these methods can help you get a Jio connection right away, before the actual consumer launch in the “coming months”. Have you got a Reliance Jio SIM? What’s your experience been like? Tell us via the comments.