As the much awaited day of revelation of Reliance Jio‘s launch draws close, the enthusiasm is intense among the Mumbaikars. Dealers are stating massive queries after Mukesh Ambani proclaimed free voice calls and data services on its network starting from September 5 onwards till December 31.
The demand for Jio seems tremendously high that Jio sim cards are now selling in the black market for Rs 500 and above. And it’s not just sim cards, even the application forms for the same are selling at Rs 100.
“I have a dual-slim handset and I wanted Jio as my secondary number, but I couldn’t get it as the store ran out of stock. I don’t mind paying Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 for the sim card as the ‘Jio Welcome Offer‘ is really alluring,” said Roshni, a chartered accountant. “Even Rs 1000 for a sim is nothing for the four months of free services,” she added. Otherwise, a sim is priced at Rs 10-20
Reliance Jio working its magic on the youth the most
Youths between the ages of 15 and 20 have shown lot of interest for Jio, a dealer said. “I want to switch to Jio but I can’t port my number. That option is not available,” complained Neil, a second year BA student. In order to avail the launch scheme, people will have to altogether opt for new connections.
Nonetheless, not everyone is as keen on opting for Jio as some prefer to wait and watch as to how the new launch unfolds. Customers are already expecting existing operators including Vodafone, Airtel and Idea to come up with offers as interesting as Jio or maybe even better than Jio.
“My number is covered by the company’s corporate plan and so for me, it doesn’t matter if the service provider is Vodafone or Jio as the company pays the bills,” said Ashish Goyal, a marketing executive with a leading corporate.
Even though Jio’s offer is suitable for customers, it is not that favourable for all dealers and distributors. “If all pre-paid customers opt for Jio, we will have no business for four months. We won’t get any commissions on recharges,” grumbled a Vodafone distributor.