Airtel, Intex team up to offer bundled 4G smartphones

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Airtel has partnered with Intex to roll out affordable 4G smartphones in India.

Along with this, Airtel and Intex has also launched Aqua A4 and Aqua S3 at an effective price of Rs 1,999/- and Rs 4,379/-, under the same offer.

All three phones come bundled with a monthly pack of Rs 169 from Airtel.

To sum things up: To own the Intex Aqua Lion N1 at an effective price of Rs 1,649 you'll have to spend a total of Rs 7,733 over a period of three years, while to own the JioPhone at an effective price of Rs "zero" you'll have shell out Rs 5,503 for the same period.

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Interestingly, Airtel bundles a cashback scheme on these smartphones similar to Vodafone-Micromax partnership. The rear camera is of 2-megapixel and a 0.3-megapixel camera on the front. The Rs 169 plan from Airtel offers 500MB of data per day, unlimited voice calls for 28 days. The Aqua Lions N1 has 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. "We look forward to working with them towards empowering every Indian with a 4G smartphone".

Aqua S3 will be available at an effective price of Rs 4,379 (compared to market price of Rs 6,649). Airtel on Wednesday partnered with homegrown smartphone manufacturer - Intex to launch three new 4G smartphones - Aqua Lions N1, Aqua A4 and Aqua S3 4G.

Airtel is aggressively expanding its partnership with domestic handset manufacturers to launch smartphones under 'Mera Pehla Smartphone' initiative.

Users need to make a down payment of Rs3,149 and get a Rs1,500 cashback from Airtel, subject to terms and conditions, which brings the effective cost of the smartphone down to Rs 1,649.

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The smartphone comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by 1.3GHz quad processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded by up to 64GB via a microSD card.

If the customers do not want to recharge with Rs. 169 plan, they have the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination.

However, to claim the cash refund benefit, customers would need recharges worth Rs 3,000 within the first 18 months to claim the first refund (Rs 500) and another Rs 3,000 over the next 18 months for the second refund of Rs 1,000. It is powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.1 GHz coupled with 1 GB RAM. A 2450mAh battery backs the entire package, and the smartphone rocks 8MP primary camera and a 5MP front shooter with flash for taking pictures in low-light.

This isn't the first time that Airtel has partnered with a smartphone maker to unveil a 4G smartphone. The smartphones come preloaded with MyAirtel App, Airtel TV and Wynk Music to offer a great self-serve and content experience to customers.

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