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Jio 5G Welcome Offer announced: How to get the invite?

India Today 06-10-2022 Abhik Sengupta

Reliance Jio's 5G services are rolling out in four cities, days after Airtel launched its 5G network in India. While Reliance claims that users can enjoy true 5G in India due to its investment in standalone (SA) technology, there's still a lot of confusion regarding availability and pricing. That's because of its new "welcome offer" that technically brings 5G to customers on a trial basis.

This raises more questions about who is eligible and how to avail the Jio 5G welcome offer. Currently, more clarity from Jio is awaited, but we have an idea about availability and eligibility.

Where is Jio 5G available: Reliance Jio said its 5G started rolling out in four cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi on October 5, on the occasion of Dussehra. The company clarified that this is its "beta trial" phase of its "true-5G". It means that not all users (even in these four cities) are eligible in the initial phase and 5G will arrive to select users on an invite basis.

Once it is widely available in these four cities, Jio will start rolling out services in more cities. The company has said it aims to cover all districts by December 2023.

Who is eligible for Jio 5G welcome offer, how to get: Let's start with the obvious. Only phones compatible with 5G will get the fast-internet connectivity option.

To check whether your phone supports the technology, find the model number and go to the official manufacturers' website to see the specifications. If there's nothing on 5G for the specific smartphone, your phone does not have the option.

Secondly, Jio has not opened any dedicated channels to sign up for its 5G services. It is likely that the company will select customers in these four cities and automatically upgrade their 4G plan to 5G. It also means users won't be required to upgrade their SIM cards.

To recall, when Jio launched its 4G services in India, it announced a similar welcome offer that allowed users to enjoy services for 90 days for free. A similar scheme is expected with the latest iteration of the 5G welcome offer.

Select Jio customers will automatically be updated to the 5G network for free. Following that, more users will get to use the benefits.

Jio 5G cost: Currently, the company has not clarified Jio 5G tariffs. Jio has repeatedly said its 5G services will be aggressively priced to make India a 2G-Mukt (2G free) country. The company also highlights that 5G services will bring "transformational changes across Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Skill Development, Small, Medium, and Large enterprises, IoT, Smart homes, and Gaming, impacting 1.4 billion Indians".

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