Reliance JioPhone website crashes as people throng to book Rs 500 4G phone – The site had not been restored at the time of writing its article
Reliance announced on Wednesday that the Rs 500 4G JioPhone would be available for pre-booking at 5.30 pm on Thursday. However, what the company probably did not take into consideration was the number of people logging into the website at the same time.
At 7.15 pm, when this article was being written, the website had still not been restored. The homepage took a while to load and when DNA tried logging into pre-book the phone, it let us enter our number and pincode.
However, once our numbers were entered, the site crashed.
The device was unveiled at the Reliance Industries AGM on July 21, 2017 is available to customers at an effective price of zero, that is, ‘effectively free’. Customers are required to pay a fully refundable, one-time, security deposit of Rs 1,500 against every JioPhone to avoid potential misuse. The JioPhone will be distributed on a ‘first come first serve’ basis to only those who pre-book starting 24thAugust, 2017.
“India Ka Smartphone is finally here! Pre-booking for Jio Phone starts today, August 24 at 5:30PM,” an SMS sent to a Jio customer read. A leading channel partner of Reliance Retail, which did not wish to be named, said the messages are being sent to all those who have registered their interest in Jio Phone.