Reliance Jio is continuing to upend the telecom industry, and this week made an announcement that it’s free services will continue till March 2017, instead of stopping on January 1 as it had initially announced. Promotional offers have a three month limit, but Reliance announced a new offer, the Happy New Year Offer, which will be for new subscribers. The company added that all users who are getting free data right now as part of the Welcome Offer will also automatically get the Happy New Year Offer. TRAI has announced that it will be looking into this offer, and give its response at an “appropriate” time.
A lot’s been happening this week – demonetisation troubles continue, but also some pretty interesting phone launches, and apart from the Happy New Year Offer, Jio also announced it’s intention to take on wallets next, announcing Jio Money and stating that it will bring 10 million offline merchants aboard very shortly – making it real competition to the various wallet brands in India. Here’s a look at all the news that you need to catch up with this week.
On Friday, the much anticipated OnePlus 3T (First Impressions) with 6GB RAM and a Snapdragon 821 SoC launched in India, replacing the original OnePlus 3 (Review), which was powered by the Snapdragon 820. The new phone also packs a slightly bigger battery, but with a price difference of just Rs. 2,000, it’s a very appealing option if you’re in the market for a new phone. The original OnePlus 3 will continue to be available in India for now, and the new phone will be manufactured here from January, the company says.
Netflix announced a new feature this week that should be popular in India – you can now download videos on Netflix, and watch them offline. If you’ve got a flight to catch, you could save your favourite show to watch on the way, or you could make use of cheaper nighttime data, or even the office Wi-Fi, to download shows to watch later. Not all content can be downloaded, and there are a few other caveats to know, but it sounds like a great idea.