However, Bharti Airtel and Celkon partnership will allow the customers to enjoy unlimited voice calling facility and 500MB 4G data per day at just Rs. 169 per month.
But the cash refund benefit will accrue only when recharges worth Rs 3,000 are made in the initial 18 months - to claim the first refund instalment of Rs 500 - and another Rs 3,000 in subsequent 18 months - for second refund instalment of Rs 1,000 - it explained. Airtel and Celkon have launched Celkon Smart 4G smartphone for an effective price of Rs. 1349. A few days ago, Micromax in a collaboration with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) also launched a new 4G VoLTE feature phone, "Micromax Bharat 1" in the Indian market at Rs. 2,200. The smartphone also supports all regional languages including 24 major Indian languages. Earlier this month, the Sunil Mittal company had tied up with Karbonn Mobiles to bring 4G smartphone at an effective cost of Rs1,399.
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The Celkon Smart 4G meanwhile comes with a 4-inch display, a 1.3 Ghz processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 32GB via micro-SD card. It will come preloaded with MyAirtel, Wynk Music, and Airtel TV apps.
Like the Airtel-Karbonn offer, in case the customer thinks that the Rs. 169 plan doesn't fulfil his requirements, then she/he has the flexibility of recharging another plan of Airtel as per individual requirements.
According to Airtel, the smartphone, which normally costs at Rs 3,500, will be available ar a price of a feature phone.
The cash refund of Rs 500 can be availed after 18 months and an additional Rs 1,000 after 36 months - adding up to a total Rs 1,500 cash benefit.
Airtel has partnered with domestic phone maker Celkon to bring down the effective price of the Smart 4G Android phone to Rs. 1,349. Further, users will have to make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169. The smartphone comes equipped 4G/3G/2G with Airtel VoLTE support along with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and dual SIM slot. There's a 3.2MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front snapper and a 1,500mAh battery.