Reliance Jio Phone is a single SIM mobile, but will you be restricted to a Jio number? Find out

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Reliance Jio Phone has been confirmed to be a single SIM 4G feature phone. In a report on Gadgets360, it was confirmed, and later a Jio representative told The Indian Express that the new Reliance Jio mobile will not be a dual SIM device. Meanwhile, there is no surety on whether Reliance will stick with the single SIM variant or if there is a dual SIM phone on the cards. However, a report on The Mobile Indian had claimed that users may soon see a JioPhone with dual-SIM capacity and that it will arrive in October. It must be noted that Reliance Jio has not officially announced the dual SIM model of the 4G feature phone. Meanwhile, most of the interested buyers have this question, will the SIM be locked on the Reliance Jio Phone? The JioPhone SIM will technically not be locked, IE report said. But in the Reliance JioPhone, only a SIM in Jio’s network can be used. So, if you already have a Jio SIM and are using it, you can also use it with the Jio Phone.

JioPhone SIM and Data Plans: If you use an older SIM, you will have to recharge with the Rs 153 prepaid pack. This tariff plan is exclusive for the JioPhone. Also, the Jio SIM on this JioPhone can later be put on a different 4G VoLTE smartphone. However, once again you will have to upgrade the packs. The next question which users have is whether they can use SIM from other networks in the Jio Phone. The IE report said that Reliance Jio has confirmed no other SIM can be used in the JioPhone. So, if you a SIM from Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL, etc, you cannot use them on this device. So if you buy the JioPhone as your primary device, then you’ll have to use Jio SIM as your primary number.

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When will Jio Phone’s dual-SIM model launch? The company has not officially announced this or even confirmed if they will launch a dual-SIM variant. For now, JioPhone means you will be restricted to the Reliance Jio network. As already pointed out, Jio is launching this device to gain all those 2G feature phone users who could not access the company’s service. Reliance Jio is an entirely 4G VoLTE network, and there are no 2G or 3G bands on this, unlike with other players. Airtel has confirmed it is testing 4G VoLTE but as mentioned earlier, other SIMs from different networks cannot be used on this phone.

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Meanwhile, here’s how can you book the Reliance JioPhone: Reliance JioPhone’s pre-bookings will start from August 24, but the public beta testing officially starts on August 15. The phone will go on sale from September. Interested users can to go the Jio website and register for the JioPhone.