Largest Telecom PSU BSNL has announced the launch of new feature phone with 4G VoLTE in association with Micromax at Rs.2200 to rival the Reliance Jio phone.

State run Telecom Company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to introduce its 4G smartpone B-1 to compete its telecom rival Reliance Jio Phone in India mobile market.

As per latest information, BSNL and Micromax have partnered to launch the Bharat-1 a feature phone with 4G VoLTE capability at Rs.2200 which offers Unlimited data and voice calls at Rs.97 per month. B-One phone supports over 22 Indian languages and powered by entry level Snapdragon processor having 2000mAh battery capacity with 2-megapixel rear and VGA camera.

In a statement Micromax Co-founder Rahul Sharma said that, ‘The Bharat-1 will cost less than Jio Phone over time, given the lower cost of running it and have access to over 100 live TV channels, alongside hours of songs and videos’.

While launching the service Telecom Minister Shri Manoj Sinha said, ‘I am glad that BSNL has come with 2 new schemes. This will not only increase BSNL subscribers but also strengthen their financial position. On monthly recharge of Rs.97, BSNL will provided Unlimited calling and data on Bharat Phone. I believe that BSNL will get a special spot in the ongoing competition in the sector. I am announcing that the digital education service will be free for first 15 days’.

BSNL at present providing high-speed 3G services and is planning to upgrade it for 4G services from January, 2017. BSNL will offer 4G services in spectrum that it presently uses for 3G services. The company is also working to start 4G services in broadband spectrum that it acrquired 2010.

BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava said, ‘We are proud that we are partnering with Micromax, a home-grown player on the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras. This will connect the unconnected masses in rural area at a very affordable rate. We are in process to start 4G services in January’.

Key Specifications of BSNL 4G Bharat Phone
  • 2.4 inch screen
  • Powered by Qualcomms 4G chipset
  • 2 megapixel rear and VGA camera on the front
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory
  • Dual SIM card slot
  • Supports 4G VoLTE, 22 Indian languages and covers 100 live TV channels
  • 2000mAh battery capacity
  • Phone available at Rs.2200/-
Plan Voucher 97 Tariff and FAQ details On purchase of BSNL Bharat phone Micromax buyers will get Unlimited data and calls at Rs.97/- per month.

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