Airtel partners with Intex for Rs.1649-smartphone


Now coming to the newly launched phone - Intex Aqua Lions N1, this 4G smartphone looks much similar to that of the previously announced phone that Airtel launched in partnership with Karbonn, aka Karbonn A40. Now, Airtel has partnered with Intex to offer a cashback of Rs. 1,500 on Intex smartphones.

That's about the Airtel, Intex Aqua Lions N1 4G smartphone. With the Rs. 1,500 cashback, the effective price of the Aqua S3 drops to Rs. 4,379 and the Aqua A4 costs Rs. 1,999. Rs 3000 partitioned by 18 is Rs 166, and this is the reason Airtel suggested Rs 169 recharge each month for 18 months. However, Airtel users can get the phone at an effective price of Rs 1,649.

To sum things up: To own the Intex Aqua Lion N1 at an effective price of Rs 1,649 you'll have to spend a total of Rs 7,733 over a period of three years, while to own the JioPhone at an effective price of Rs "zero" you'll have shell out Rs 5,503 for the same period.

For the Aqua LIONS N1, Aqua A4 and Aqua S3 (originally costing Rs. 3,799, 4,999 and 6,649), you need to pay make down payments of Rs. 3,149, Rs. 3,499 and Rs. 5,879.

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The customer is required to make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169 from Airtel. A recharge of no less than Rs 3,000 is also mandatory for another 18 months to receive the remaining Rs 1,000 bringing total cashback to Rs 1,500.

In case the customer does not wish to opt for the Rs 169 plan, they can recharge as per their requirements.

However, to claim the cash refund benefit, customers would need recharges worth ₹ 3,000 within the first 18 months to claim the first refund (₹500) and another ₹3,000 over the next 18 months for the second refund of ₹ 1,000. The cashback will be deposited to Airtel Money.

The Intex Aqua A4 also has a full touch 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen of 800x480p display resolution. On the camera front, there is a 2-megapixel rear camera and VGA front camera. Its other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 5MP/2MP cameras, dual-SIM slots and VoLTE.

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The Intex Aqua Lions N1 runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 1400mAh removable battery.

All the three devices are Android-powered and offer full access to all apps on Google Play Store, including YouTube, Facebook, and WhatsApp. The smartphones come pre-loaded with MyAirtel App, Airtel TV and Wynk Music.

Ajai Puri, Chief Operating Officer (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, "We are really pleased to see the continued positive response to our "Mera Pehla Smartphone" initiative from customers as well as smartphone manufacturers. We are delighted to have Intex on board as a partner and their brand familiarity plus distribution reach will add to our affordable smartphone proposition and offer more choice to our customers". JioPhone excels at the feature phone segment, while Intex Aqua Lions N1 leads - more or less - in the 4G smartphone segment.

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