Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Airtel launches affordable 4G smartphone with Karbonn Mobiles

Airtel launches affordable 4G smartphone with Karbonn Mobiles

As a promotional "Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone" offer, Karbonn A40 Indian, which costs Rs. 3,499 (MRP), is being offered at an effective price of Rs. 1,499 and will come with lucrative Airtel 4G data bundle and also additional packs with prices starting at just Rs. 169. Customers will need to make a down payment of Rs. 2,899 for smartphone, and then make a minimum amount of recharges over the course of three years to receive cashbacks totaling Rs. 1,500.

If the user continues to do the recharge for a period of 18 months, they'll get a refund of Rs 500.

- In case the customer does not wish to opt for the Rs 169 bundled plan, they have the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements. Another Rs 1000 will be refunded when people recharge worth Rs 3000 over the next 18 months. The device also comes pre-loaded with MyAirtel, Airtel TV, and Wynk apps.

This is a comparison between Airtel smartphone and Reliance Jio Phone based on pricing and offers.

The Karbonn A40 Indian has a market price of ₹3499, however, with Airtel's bundled offers, it's effective price turns becomes ₹1399. 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.

Honor 7X with specs identical to the Huawei Maimang 6 launched
Besides, the smartphone offers Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G with VoLTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1 and Global Positioning System . It is further backed by a 3,340 mAh battery with support for Huawei's in-house SuperCharge fast charging technology.

Airtel's taking Reliance Jio head-on with a new low-priced 4G smartphone to rival the latter's Rs 0 JioPhone. Reliance Jio has 130 million 4G subscribers.

In places like the U.S., 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.

The Karbonn features a 4.0-inch WVGA IPS LCD display, paired with 2.5D curved tempered glass.

State-run telecom operator BSNL earlier this week revealed plans to partner with handset companies to launch affordable phones bundled with data benefits from the telco. It has 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. While Jio 4G user has to get a new SIM card with the JioPhone, the Airtel 4G phone users can continue using their old SIM card.

Raj Pudipeddi, Director - 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 storage can be expanded additionally up to 32GB via a MicroSD card slot. It ships with a 1400 mAh battery which Karbonn claims can offer standby time of 200 hours and talk-time of up to 4 hours. We are delighted to partner with Karbonn to remove barriers to smartphone adoption and enable millions of Indians to leapfrog to a full touchscreen smartphone experience.

Like this: