Bharti Airtel launches 4G smartphone at Rs 1399, partners with Karbonn

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India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel is likely to see an impact in the range

Under this partnership, Karbonn A40 Indian smartphone will be available at an effective price of Rs 1,399 as opposed to Rs 3,499.

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio first took the Indian telecom sector by storm with its aggressively priced 4G plans, and then later in July, the company surprised everyone with the launch of JioPhone - it's first 4G VoLTE enabled feature phone.

"This is the first of several partnerships that Airtel plans to have with mobile handset manufacturers to bring highly affordable bundled 4G smartphone options to the market and fulfill the digital aspirations of millions of Indians", it said.

The telecom operator detailed just how the Karbonn A40 Indian, which was launched back in July and is said to now have a market price of Rs. 3,499, will be available at an "effective price" of Rs. 1,399.

The Karbonn A40 Indian runs Android 7.0 Nougat which means you have access to all the apps that are available on the Google Play Store including YouTube, Facebook, and most importantly, WhatsApp. Under the Rs. 169 offer from Airtel, you will get unlimited calls and 0.5GB data for 28 days. He will get a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1000 after 36 months, taking the total cash benefit to Rs 1500. Continue to recharge worth Rs. 3,000 for next 18 months.

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Commenting on the association with Airtel, Pardeep Jain, Managing Director, Karbonn Mobiles said, "Karbonn is proud to announce its association with Airtel in order to provide exciting offers through bundled services".

Airtel says the Karbonn A40 Indian smartphone will be "completely with the customer, and there is no need to return the device to Airtel/ Karbonn at any point to claim the cash benefit". Earlier the phone's market price was Rs 3499).

"In case the customer does not wish to opt for the Rs 169 bundled plan, she/he has the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements", Airtel said. The specifications of the Karbonn A40 Indian include a 4-inch display, rear and front cameras, quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The memory is further expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card.

The device even comes with a 2Megapixel primary camera and a 0.3Megapixel camera of the front panel. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Global Positioning System.

Another notable aspect of the new Karbonn A40 Indian is that it comes with dual-SIM slots offering consumers the freedom to choose the network of their choice, whereas the JioPhone users have no other option than Reliance Jio.

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