Airtel, Karbonn launch 4G smartphone at Rs 1399: Here are the details

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Bharti Airtel, India's number 1 telecom company is set to collaborate with Karbonn mobile phones to introduce the cheapest 4G smartphone in India with a cost of 1399 INR.

"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", said Raj Pudipeddi, Director - Consumer Business and CMO, Bharti Airtel. 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.

The buyer will have to make a down payment of 2,899 rupees for the smartphone, from which 500 rupees would be refunded after 18 months and the remaining 1,000 rupees after three years.

Please enter your email. The phone will come bundled with Airtel apps like MyAirtel, Airtel TV, and Wynk Music.

Like Reliance Jio that has started delivery of its JioPhone last month, Airtel also promises cashback to its customers. The Airtel phone offers access to all apps on Google Play Store, including YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. Such types of partnerships can be seen in the future as well, Airtel said.

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Only if they do this, the customers will be eligible to get a refund of Rs 1500, making the effective cost of the phone to be Rs 1399 or (Rs 2899-1500).

In a related development, British telecom giant Vodafone and India's Idea, in their bid to consolidate their market share with the advent of Reliance Jio are merging into a single brand and also planning to bring Airtel Karbonn A40 Indian-like budget smartphone to take on the Reliance JioPhone. Rs 169 will give the customer unlimited calling along with 500MB of data per day and is valid for 28 days. The customer will get a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1,000 after 36 months, taking the total cash benefit to Rs 1,500, ' said the statement.

Users can also go for other recharges if the Rs 169 pack does not fit their requirements.

Coming with the 4G VoLTE connectivity, the Karbonn A40 Indian has a quad-core processor, possibly from MediaTek and along with that is 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. The memory is further expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card.

Unlike JioPhone, the users won't need to return the handset to Airtel or Karbonn in order to claim the cash benefit. It has 2-megapixel camera on the rear and a 0.3-megapixel camera on the front. 91mobiles broke the exclusive news last month that the device will be priced below Rs 2,000, and rightly so, as the first device that the telco is offering in partnership with Karbonn will cost you Rs 1,399, albeit with a catch. A step beyond the living is giving the 4G smartphone at the expense of the Airtel feature phone.

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