Fans have been lining up outside of stores across India to get the free Reliance Jio SIM card.
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(CCM) — Customers in India have been lining up outside of Reliance Jio retail stores to get their hands on a SIM card since the company announced that it would provide free voice calls, SMS, and unlimited 4G internet for three months. The lines have sprouted up despite the fact that the plan has yet to receive an official launch date from the company. This is partially thanks to the mobile data offering, which normally costs around 250 rupees per 1 GB of 3G/4G with leading operators, like Vodafone and Airtel. It is the main reason behind the huge turnout to snatch up the deal — one that has not been matched since the midnight launch of the iPhone 6s in India. The move has already upset other big players in the Indian telecom market, where, in order for a customer to acquire a SIM card, they have to submit basic identification documents.
The plan's network testing is in its final stages, and the company is likely to roll it out commercially in the "coming months," according to Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries Limited's Chairman. (He has reportedly met with India's Telecom Secretary, JS Deepak, to discuss the dates for the official rollout of Jio services.) So far, the company has not released information regarding charges for voice calls, SMS, or even what it would cost a user to go over the data allowance after the free subscription ends.
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