"The era of paying for voice calls is ending," Ambani told the 39th Annual General Meeting of the company, post its listing. "No Jio customer will ever have to pay for voice calls again." he added, devoting around an hour of his 90 minute speech to Jio.

In effect, the announcements on Thursday point to a commercial launch from January 1 next year even though no specific mention was made in this regard. This was also keenly awited since Reliance Industries has invested as much as $21 billion on Jio -- its largest ever capital expenditure on a single project.

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Ambani also announced a 'free welcome offer' for Jio customers from September 5 till December 31. R Jio will offer users data services free for four months, after which it will offer 10 tariff plans starting at Rs 19 a day for occasional users, Rs 149 a month for low data users and Rs 4,999 a month for heavy data users.

Now every Indian can do datagiri

Ambani said Jio is targeting 100 million users in shortest possible time. The company also announced "super-affordable" handsets under the LYF brand starting at Rs 2999.  

"Customers should pay for only one service, voice or data not both.... Worldwide operators charge only for data, and voice and messages are free... All voice calls for Jio customer will be absolutely free... The era of paying for voice calls is ending. Jio will usher India into the new era, " Ambani added.

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He said roaming charges will also be nil across India for Jio customers. Stating that the data must be "affordable", he said Jio's base rate will be one-tenth of the prevailing data rates. "In our data plans, the effective rates will be 5p per MB or Rs 50 per GB... The more data you use, the lower will be the rate," he said.

"We Indians have come to appreciate and applaud Gandhigiri. Now, we can all do 'Data-giri', which is an opportunity for every Indian to do unlimited good things with unlimited data."

During the speech, Mukesh Ambani also appealed to incumbent operators not to block Jio calls and ensure adequate points of interconnect. "In the last week alone, Jio customers suffered over five crore call failures to other networks because of insufficient interconnect capacity provided by incumbents."

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Differentiating Jio's 4G services from others in the market, he said that pricing strategy should be "simple" for every India. "There are 22,000 telecom tariffs across country. Jio's pricing strategy only has 10 main plans," he said promising that Jio users would also not face any blackout days such as Diwali and New Year when operators tend to charge double.

Ambani also announced a discount offer for students under which they will get 25 per cent more data on Jio's tariffs. Under the free welcome offer, which Ambani termed as the largest introductory offer anywhere in the world, the company is offering free data, voice and video "to everyone absolutely free" starting September 5 till December 31, 2016.

Major Highlights of Jio:

  • All Voice Calls For Jio Customers Will Be Absolutely Free, Announces Mukesh Ambani
  •  Reliance Jio announces lowest data rates in the world at Rs 50 per GB
  • No more blackout days. When you need to send a message on Diwali (or other holidays) operators charge double the rate.
  • You'll see your bill in real time. Don't have to wait till the end of the month
  • "More data you use, lower the rates"
  • "Pricing structure should be simple for every Indian to understand."
  • No Jio customer will ever pay for voice calls to any network in India; roaming charges will also be zero: Mukesh Ambani.
  • Jio's app booking for an annual subscription, will be available free for all active Jio customers till Dec 31st, says Mukesh Ambani
  • Data is oxygen of digital life; data should not be unaffordable to anyone, says RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani.

  • Reliance Jio will move India from data shortage to data abundance: Mukesh Ambani on his telecom venture.
  • "Jio is dedicated to our PM Modi's vision for 1.2 billion people," Ambani said.
  • "Indians can't be left behind as the world enters a new era. Give the youth the right environment and they will surprise us," Ambani   said.

  • "Now every Indian can do datagiri," Ambani declared.  
  • Ambani announces 'free welcome offer' for Jio customers from September 5 till December 31, 2016; targets 100 million customers in shortest possible time.
  • Jio's base data tariff will cost one-tenth of existing rates being charged currently; we will charge Rs 50 per GB, Rs 149 a month for light data users; Students to get 25% more data: Ambani.

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