Airtel in order to save its dying market has launched a 4G android smartphone in partnership with Karbonn. Airtel, Karbonn A40 costs only Rs.1,399 and comes bundled with a pack of Rs.169 for a month providing unlimited free calls and 0.5GB data per day which is similar to that of Jio phone. They are planning to launch more smartphones in collaboration with Karbonn.
People have to pay Rs.2,899 upfront to get this phone and then make a monthly recharge of Rs.169 for 36 months continuously in order to enjoy cashback benefits. Customer gets a cashback of Rs.500 after 18 months and Rs.1,000 after 36 months (Total Rs.1,500). But if customer doesn’t continue with Rs.169 plan then they have to make a recharge of at least Rs.3,000 in first 18 months to get a cashback of Rs.500 and another recharge of Rs.3,000 in next 18 months to get a cashback of Rs.1,000.
Karbonn A40 is powered by a 1.3 GHz processor with 1GB RAM and a storage of 8GB ( expandable upto 32GB using SD card). It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and supports all Google Play apps. It comes pre-loaded with all Airtel apps like Wynk music , Airtel TV etc. Touch screen display of 4in and a short battery life of 1400 mAh. It supports dual sim slot. It features a 2MP rear camera and there’s a 0.3MP front shooter. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Pros And Cons:-
Pros are its cheap price, small compact size, cheaper plans, connectivity features at low price and good OS and processor. Cons are its low RAM, internal storage and expandable storage, poor cameras, cashback limitations. Personally, I think that this phone is awesome for middle-aged people specially businessman who have a rough and tough use, like small, compact and cheap phones and are not at all fond of selfies. But the extra Rs.1,500 charge or the cashback conditions can happen to be a huge obstacle in the way of its success as Airtel with this scheme isn’t trying to give best facilities to the customer, instead its trying to attract them and get them stuck with itself for next 3 years. This might kill its competence with jio phone.