Airtel announces 4G smarthphone for an effective price of ₹1399

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Karbonn A40 Indian has a full touchscreen plus dual SIM slots, and offers access to all apps on Google Play Store, including YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. This plan offers unlimited calling and 0.5GB 4G data per day for 28 days.

Under "Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone" initiative, Karbonn A40 Indian model, which is now priced at Rs3,499, will be available for Rs1,399. "The customer needs to make a down-payment of Rs 2,899 for the 4G smartphone and make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169". However, to claim the cash refund benefit, recharges worth Rs 3,000 must be done within the first 18 months (to claim the first refund instalment of Rs 500) and another Rs 3,000 over the next 18 months (to claim the second refund instalment of Rs 1,000), the company said.

If you do not wish to opt for the Rs 169 bundled plan, you can get recharges of any value. However, they'll have to a recharge their device with a minimum of Rs 3,000 in the first 18 months to claim the refund.

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It also comes with Dual SIM slots and support for VoLTE.

Monthly recharges at the end of three years plus the initial down payment takes the total to Rs 8983.

You'll thus get Rs 1500 back and render the effective price of the A40 Indian to be Rs 1399.

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Further, the smartphone will be available at leading mobile stores across the country.

Airtel India has partnered with Karbonn to launch a budget 4G VoLTE smartphone, and this also indicates that the network provider has stepped into the VoLTE segment.

As already expected, Airtel has finally launched a cheap smartphone to compete with JioPhone.

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With the new partnership, Airtel made a killer deal which we believe will give the new Reliance JioPhone a run for its money. The A40 Indian has 8 GB of on-board storage with the external storage expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card. The model is Karbonn A40 India which is a 4 inch device and comes with 1.3 Ghz processor. Whereas in Airtel 4G phone plan, there are extra charges for SMS usage and for extra data beyond 500 MB. The real strength of our consumer base being an Indian smartphone brand is towards empowering every Indian with smart telephony and through this association, we want to bring to our customer's full-blown smartphone experience at a price of just Rs 1399. The device extracts power from a 1,400mAh battery. The partnership between Airtel and Karbonn is part of Airtel's "Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone" initiative and the company has announced that it will partner with multiple mobile handset manufacturers to create an "open ecosystem" of affordable 4G smartphones. "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", Raj Pudipeddi, Director - Consumer Business and CMO, Bharti Airtel said.

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