However, it's worth noting that while the JioPhone is a 4G feature phone, the A40 Indian is a 4G smartphone. While the JioPhone effectively costs Rs. 0 after three years of usage, the Airtel 4G Phone will be costing Rs. 1,399.
Customers can make a down payment of Rs 2,899 for the 4G smartphone and make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169. The alliance between Airtel and Karbonn is part of Airtel?s Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone initiative, and more handset makers will be added to the program in due course.
In places like the USA, a subscriber is prevented from "running away" or "jailbreaking" the subsidized phone as doing so will impact his or her credit rating, which is required to take any kind of loans in the future. Called the Karbonn A40, the smartphone is available for an "effective price" of Rs 1,399. It has got a 1400 mAh battery and runs on Android Nougat OS.
After sales support for the devices will be provided by the handset manufacturers through their service network, said the company.
In terms of hardware, the Karbonn A40 Indian comes with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The device also features a MicroSD card slot which can handle cards of up to 32GB. The first fruit of these partnerships is with Karbonn Mobiles, with the Karbonn A40 Indian said to now be available at an "effective price" of Rs. 1,399.
Airtel has also launched a new Rs. 169 plan for this phone.
Another notable aspect of the new Karbonn A40 Indian is that it comes with dual-SIM slots offering consumers the freedom to choose the network of their choice, whereas the JioPhone users have no other option than Reliance Jio. 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 first cashback of Rs. 500 comes when you recharge the Airtel SIM for 18 months with a total amount of Rs. 3,000 or more. However, to claim the cash refund benefit, recharges worth Rs 3,000 must be done within the first 18 months (to claim the first refund installment of Rs 500) and another Rs 3,000 over the next 18 months (to claim the second refund installment of Rs 1,000).
He said, "We plan to partner with multiple manufacturers to bring affordable smartphone options to the market and build an "open ecosystem" of low-priced devices".
Consumer Business & CMO, Bharti Airtel said, "As the market leader and pioneer of 4G services in India, Airtel's aspiration is to digitally empower every Indian with high-speed data access".
The Karbonn A40 Indian also supports VoLTE, and, comes with features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Global Positioning System. "This is yet another step in our ongoing journey to deeply understand customers and bring innovation that delights them".