Micromax ties up with BSNL to launch 4G VoLTE phone Bharat-1

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"Leveraging technology to provide affordable and innovative products and services, Bharat-1 from Micromax is a 4G phone that helps bridge the digital divide and provides users with unlimited calling and unlimited data offers from BSNL at an affordable cost of Rs 97 every month", it said.

This 4G feature phone will be available starting from October 20.

As reported earlier, the Bharat 1 handset is a dual-SIM handset and comes bundled with a BSNL SIM card and a suite of services from BSNL.

Like the JioPhone, the Bharat 1 is 4G VoLTE enable, however BSNL does not offer 4G VoLTE services as of yet.

Jio had in July announced a 4G feature phone for Rs 1,500, returnable at the end of three years for a full refund.

Micromax Bharat-1 has 3.4-inch QVGA display.

The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon's 205 mobile platform. On the photography front, it features a 2-megapixel rear facing camera and a VGA selfie snapper. The phone comes preloaded with "Micromax Entertainment" app which offers Live TV, music, movies and videos. Homegrown telecom operator BSNL plans to tap this market in partnership with Micromax. Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma said the "effective cost" of using the Micromax Bharat-1 will be Rs. 3,364 in the first year, compared to Rs. 3,336 on Jio Phone.

Having said that, the Micromax Bharat 1 4G VoLTE Feature Phone will compete with the likes of Reliance JioPhone and Airtel 4G Smartphone.

"Both Micromax and BSNL have been working with the aim of bringing the next wave of unconnected users on the Internet".

"Connecting the last mile - to the Internet and relevant information - is an important part of the strategy for both BSNL and Micromax". The dual-SIM phone is backed by a 2000mAh battery and supports 4G VoLTE connectivity.

Micromax Bharat 1 comes in a similar form factor as that of the JioPhone. "We will now take this vision forward with Bharat 1 and create a compelling proposition for the users that is a first in the category". There are no glaring advantages the Bharat-1 exercises over others especially if we consider Airtel's offering.

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