Airtel partners with Celkon to launch Celkon Smart 4G smartphone which supports VoLTE connectivity and has 24 Indian languages. It is the second smartphone by Airtel in partnership with smartphone brand after Karbonn. It will be coming for Rs. 1,349 and part of Airtel’s Mera Phela 4G Smartphone initiative. Airtel opens the door for multiple mobile manufacturers to join hands for this program, which will provide budget 4G smartphones at the price of feature phone.
It has the same plan of Rs. 169 which offers unlimited calling and 0.5GB 4G data per day for 28 days. Users have to continuous monthly recharge of Rs. 169 for 36 months and pay upfront amount of Rs. 2,849. Customers will get Rs. 500 cash back after 18 months and Rs, 1000 cash back after 36 months (which sums to Rs. 1500).
One more option available to the buyers if they don’t bundled the plan , they have to recharge of Rs. 3000 must be done in the first 18 months to claim Rs. 500 and another Rs. 3000 over the other 18 months to claim the rest Rs. 1000.
Raj Pudipeddi, Director – Consumer Business & CMO, Bharti Airtel said,
We are pleased to partner with Celkon in our endeavour to bring affordable smartphone options to the market and build an ‘open ecosystem’ of low cost devices. Celkon has strong brand affinity and deep distribution in southern Indian markets, and our partnership will enable us to serve a large set of customers with this affordable smartphone proposition. Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ proposition has received an extremely positive response from customers and we look forward to bringing more device partners on-board in the near future.
The Celkon Smart 4G will go sale through the mobile store and sales support will be taken care by Celkon through their service network.
Celkon Smart 4G specifications are
Processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core
Display: 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, 800×480 pixels
Memory: 8GB internal, expandable up to 32GB micro SD
Camera: Rear 3.2MP with LED flash/ Front 2MP
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS