Reliance Jio, Airtel announce package offers for iPhone 7

Now that Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are officially available from authorised resellers in India (at a steep stand-alone price of Rs60,000-Rs72,000), the focus has turned to the bundled offers announced by telecoms market leader Bharti Airtel and brash new kid on the block Reliance Jio Infocomm.

Reliance Jio is offering an additional 12 months of Jio Digital Services complementary with purchase of all iPhone models. Jio says the offer is not limited to just limited to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but also extends to iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone SE.

In a statement, Reliance Jio sid, ''This offer will be available for new iPhone purchases across all Reliance Digital stores and select Apple Premium Resellers (APR) and Apple Authorized Resellers (AAR).''

Apple iPhones are already eligible for Reliance Jio's 'Free Welcome Offer' which gives free data and voice calls till 31 December 2016. After that period, Reliance Jio says iPhone users will be migrated to a 12 month complementary service under company's Rs1,499 plan. The plan offers unlimited free local and STD voice calls. The pack gives 20GB 4G data and unlimited data at night.

''Today's announcement brings together India's best premium 4G network with the incredible iPhone experience,'' said Mathew Oommen, president of Jio. ''Jio is India's 4G-only network, providing high-speed internet across India. The true power of iPhones can now be experienced by all Indian iPhone users on the Jio network.''

The pack also gives access to 40GB data usage over JioNet Hotspot and subscription to Jio Apps. Reliance says the whole complimentary package translates to a saving of Rs18,000.

With Airtel, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users can avail 10GB free 4G/3G data per month for one year with any Airtel Infinity Postpaid plan. Airtel says the free data benefit will be over and above the plan benefits.

''We are delighted to roll out this exciting data offer for our users to allow them to get the most out of the amazing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus,'' said Ajai Puri, director operations (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel. ''Customers can now enjoy the latest iPhone on India's leading mobile broadband network with bundles of data and unlimited voice calling with our Infinity plans.''

Airtel notes that over the duration of one year, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users can get 120GB additional 4G/3G data. Airtel's Infinity plan starts at Rs949 with 1GB data.