Airtel, Celkon partner for 4G phone at Rs1,349 effective price

James Marshall
October 30, 2017

The first cash refund of Rs. 500/- will be done after 18 months. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, 3G/2G, dual-SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, microUSB 2.0 and FM Radio.

After Karbonn, Airtel has now joined hands with Hyderabad-based brand Celkon to offer a full-scale 4G smartphone - the Celkon Smart 4G for Rs 1,349 - "effectively at the price of a feature phone".

On the announcement, Raj Pudipeddi, Director, Consumer Business and Chief Marketing Officer, Bharti Airtel, said the partnership with Celkon forms part of the company's endeavour to bring affordable smartphone options to the market and build an "open ecosystem" of low-priced devices. While the Karbonn A40 Indian generally costs Rs 3,499, the Celkon Smart 4G is available for Rs 3,500.

After partnering with Karbonn, leading Indian telecom operator Airtel has entered into partnership with domestic smartphone maker Celkon to offer another 4G smartphone for the Indian market. To purchase this handset, customers need to make a down payment of Rs 2,849 and make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169. The Celkon 4G smartphone sports a 4 inch FWVGA display. As part of their collaboration with Airtel, however, potential buyers will be charged Rs 2,899 and Rs 2,849 - as down payment - for the A40 Indian and the Smart 4G.

Like the Airtel-Karbonn offer, in case the customer thinks that the Rs. 169 plan doesn't fulfil his requirements, then she/he has the flexibility of recharging another plan of Airtel as per individual requirements. Customers will have to first pay Rs. 2,849 to buy the smartphone, and Airtel will give a total cashback of Rs. 1,500 over the next 36 months, effectively bringing down the cost of the Celkon Smart 4G to Rs. 1,349. The smartphone comes with 8GB built-in storage and supports expandable storage up to 32GB.

It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card.

It's also worth noting that customers are not required to return their smartphone to Airtel or Celkon to claim their cash back rewards.

At an event held in Hyderabad today, India's leading telecom operator Airtel today announced the launch of Celkon Smart 4G smartphone.

The Celkon Smart 4G now has a market price of ₹3500, however, with Airtel's bundled offers, its effective price turns out to be ₹1349.

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