NEW DELHI:After Tim Cook’s meeting with Mukesh Ambani, Apple has widened its horizon for partnerships with new telco entrant Reliance Jio, and its sister arm Reliance Retail, and in the latest, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X will come with assured buyback if people buying the devices take up Jio connections of Rs 799 a month.
In a first, the partnership is being done for both online and offline by roping in ecommerce major Amazon. Reliance Digital and Amazon will officially sell the iPhones offering assured buyback value of 70% when people upgrade to the next iPhones that come up next year.
Apple will open the pre-booking for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in India from tomorrow (September 22). Meanwhile, Reliance is offering major buyback and cashback deals on the latest iPhones, via the Reliance Digital stores and Reliance Jio website. Recent reports suggest that Jio and Reliance Digital will offer a 70 percent buyback on the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus of buying the devices. However, the offer is valid for 1 year, and you will get the money back if you return the iPhones after a year. The offer is on the original price of the smartphones.
Interested buyers can pre-book the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus through channels like Reliance Digital offline stores, Amazon India website, www.jio.com, as well as Jio stores. It should be noted that the Apple iPhones will go on sale from September 29.
Jio iPhone 8 pre-order offers
Consumers who book iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus between September 22 and September 29 will be eligible for Rs. 10,000 cashback on the purchase. In order to claim the offer, they will need to make the purchase via Citibank credit card. This will bring down the effective price of the base 64GB iPhone 8 model to Rs. 54,000, while the 256GB model will drop to Rs. 67,000. Similarly, the effective prices of the 64GB and 256GB iPhone 8 Plus will become Rs. 63,000 and Rs. 76,000, respectively.
Apart from the cashback, consumers who purchase the new iPhone 8 models from Reliance Digital, Jio.com, Jio Store, and MyJio app will also get 70 percent cashback if they return the handset after a year. So someone who bought the iPhone 8 Plus 256GB for its full price of Rs. 86,000, they will get back Rs. 60,200 upon returning the phone after a year of using it. The only caveat is that the buyer will have to use a Jio SIM on the iPhone model for the period, and while returning it to claim the cashback.
Jio will also launch an exclusive tariff plan for the two Apple smartphones. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus buyers can opt for the upcoming Rs. 799 plan that provides 90GB of data, free SMSes, subscription to Jio apps, and free calls. The validity of the plan is 28 days for prepaid users, and one billing cycle for postpaid users.
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus features and specifications
The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus offer incremental improvements over the last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. They very much retain the same form factor and design, but there are a few noticeable changes including new colour options – Silver, Space Gray, and Gold Finish, improved display, 25 percent louder speakers, as well as glass front and back. Both the new iPhone models also support Qi wireless inductive charging, allowing people charge the iPhone without having to plug in a cable again, Phil Schiller, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Marketing said.
Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are powered by A11 Bionic SoC six-core processors and improved GPU, which is 30 percent more efficient than the GPUs in last year’s models. The new SoC and GPU are able to perform complex tasks such as video encoding at much faster rate.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also come with improved cameras, Apple said, adding that photos now have better detail, texture even as the iPhone 8 continues to have 12-megapixel camera, and the iPhone 8 Plus a duo of 12-megapixel camera sensors. Among other new capabilities, both the new iPhone models can shoot 1080p videos in 240 frames per second.