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Reliance Jio Welcome Offer May Be Extended Until March 2017


Ever since its launch Reliance Jio has been offering its services completely free as part of its Welcome Offer to test out the network before launching commercial operations. This offer was supposed to end on December 31, 2016, but recent reports suggest that Reliance Jio will extend the offer for even more time. Business paper Mint reported Jio’s head of Strategy and Planning as saying that it would be unfair to charge customers until Jio management is fully satisfied with the quality of service. Analysts are now suggesting that Jio will extend its Welcome Offer until March 2017; an additional three months.

Jio has called out existing operators such as Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea, for not providing enough points of interconnect – which allow users from one network to speak to users on the other networks – and its Chairman, Mukesh Ambani described the situation as “the newbie being ragged by the big boys”. It just got a green signal from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for it’s free-calls-for-life plans, but Trai also stated that Jio’s Welcome Offer had to end on December 3.