Reliance Industries AGM highlights: ‘Free’ JioPhone pre-booking from Aug 24, Mukesh Ambani’s RIL announces bonus shares

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries on Friday launched India’s first 4G feature phone. At an effective cost of Rs 0, JioPhone will be available from pre-booking August 24.
Mukesh Ambani at RIL AGM in Mumbai.(ANI)
Mukesh Ambani at RIL AGM in Mumbai.(ANI)
Updated on Jul 21, 2017 01:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Suchetana Ray and Ramani Ranjan Mohapatra

Putting speculations to rest, Reliance Industries launched a low-cost phone with 4G-enabled features on Friday in a bid to woo tens of millions of low-income users to its upstart telecoms venture Jio’s service.

The launch was widely anticipated as Ambani, India’s richest man, uses the company’s annual meeting to make key launch announcements that have in the past disrupted sectors.

Here are the highlights of the launch:

12:57 pm: Jio will become India’s largest data provider. It is the jewel among the assets of RIL, says Mukesh Ambani.

12:51 pm: India in the next 10 years should aspire to become one of the largest economies of the world and RIL after 10 years will become one of the 50 top companies in the world.

12:42 pm: Every minute 8 smartphones are sold at Reliance Digital, its growth was 90%.

12:32 pm: RIL board has decided for a bonus issue of 1:1 share. The largest bonus issue by any Indian company so far.

12:30 pm: By paying Rs 8,800 crore in income taxes, Reliance Industries is the largest tax payer in the private sector, says Ambani.

12:29 pm: RIL’s net profit is the highest in the private sector.

12:24 pm: Data is the new oil and Jio is the new future of Reliance Industries.

12:13 am: RIL stocks up 28 points in trade, says Mukesh Ambani.

12:02 pm: From the last quarter of this year JioPhones will be made in India.

12 pm: Free of cost JioPhone will be available for pre-booking from August 24.

11:57 am: One time security deposit of Rs 1500 for every JioPhone will be charges. Refund for using JioPhone for 36 months.

11:55 am: JioPhone will effectively cost Rs 0.

11:52 am: Weekly plan of Rs 54 and 2-day plans at Rs 24 to be launched.

11:50 am: JioPhone will have TV cable for casting programmes on any TV set.

11:48 am: Jio will give access to unlimited data on its feature phone at Rs 153/ month, says Ambani.

11:46 am: JioPhone will have free voice services, it will enable internet access.

11:45 am: JioPhone supports 22 major Indian languages.

11:36 am: Isha and Akash Ambani launch JioPhone, a 4G feature phone.

11:31 am: An entry level smartphone costs around Rs 3000-Rs 4500. To bridge digital divide Jio will provide ‘Jio Phone’, an intelligent smartphone: Mukesh Ambani

11:30 am : Jio to ingrate with all major e-commerce majors. We will have 10,000 Jio offices in all parts of India by September: Mukesh Ambani

11:29 am: Because of Jio, India’s 4G coverage will be more that 2G coverage: Ambani

11:27 am: Jio is 4G network leader in coverage, speed and connectivity. In the 12 months Jio will cover 99% of India’s population: Ambani

Kokilaben Ambani breaks down as Mukesh Ambani pays tribute to Dhirubhai Ambani at the 40th AGM of RIL. (ANI)
Kokilaben Ambani breaks down as Mukesh Ambani pays tribute to Dhirubhai Ambani at the 40th AGM of RIL. (ANI)

11:26 am: There are 78 crore mobile users in India. But a large part of them are not smartphone users: Ambani

11:25 am: Jio prime members will continue to get tariff incentives: Mukesh Ambani

11:24 am: Starting March 2017, Jio successfully undertook the largest migration of customers from free service to paid users: Mukesh Ambani

11:23 am: India is number one in mobile data penetration from 155th position a year ago: Mukesh Ambani

11:21 am: In just 6 months since Jio’s launch data consumption in India went from 20 crore GB to 120 crore GB every month. India has overtaken US and China in mobile data usage: Ambani

11:20 am: Jio adds 7 customers every second: Ambani

11:19 am: Mukesh Ambani: Jio has acquired 100 million customers in 170 days.

11:17 am: It has been an incredible 10 months for Jio. We have acquired enough customers to justify our Rs 2 lakh crore investment: Mukesh Ambani

11:15 am: Mukesh Ambani: I want to dedicate all achievements by RIL to Dhirubhai Ambani.

11:10 am: RIL’s turnover is now Rs 3.3 lakh crore: Mukesh Ambani

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