Reliance Jio’s 4G internet service is due to launch on commercially by the end of 2016, but the company has rolled out the service partially. Customers who buy the Reliance Lyf brand handset can get an early preview of the Reliance Jio 4G experience.
Reliance Jio is an awaited launch in India’s 4G services because the company holds a pan-India license in the 4G spectrum, and will be offering only 4G LTE connectivity. Reliance’s total investment is nearly Rs 34,000 crores in this venture, and no doubt there’s a lot riding for the company with Jio.
For now, the Jio 4G service is available on a limited preview only. Users can buy a Reliance Lyf brand smartphone, but before that you need to register on Reliance Jio website (jio.com), and you’ll get a code delivered to your email for Jio service. The code is what you’ll need to go the SIM along with a Lyf smartphone. Reliance Digital Stores and Digital Xpress mini stores are where you’ll get these Lyf branded smartphones.
The code is non-transferrable, and you will need to carry your own ID and address proof to get the same. Do note the codes come with an expiry date, and so you need to buy the SIM and phone before validity expires. We’ve had a chance to test out Reliance Jio speeds and these are pretty solid. The RJio SIM we tested offered us a minimum download speed of over 8Mbps. However, the average speeds were double this at over 18Mbps.
The download speeds came in the range of 6Mbps to 10Mbps, which is way above what you get from other players now. But like any network in India, the speeds are not consistent across a city or even one location. Then this service is still in Beta.
We’ve also tried out the Reliance JioNet WiFi service, which was made live at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in March this year ahead of the IPL. The speeds we got ranged at peaks of 65 Mbps for download and 71 Mbps for uploads.