Vodafone partners with Micromax, launches 4G smartphone for INR 999

The 4G entry-level phone category is getting more and more options these days. Vodafone is the latest player to join the game with Jio (JioPhone), Airtel(Airtel smartphone), and BSNL(Micromax Bharat 1) which offers the most affordable 4G LTE enabled featurephone or smartphone. Just like BSNL, Vodafone IN has partnered with Micromax India to offer an affordable smartphone with carrier tie-up.

The Vodafone calls its smartphone as Micromax Bharat 2 Ultra and here are the entire tech specifications of the same with an insight on the plans offered by the telecom provider.

The plan offered by Vodafone In:

Just like most of these pre-paid plans, one has to pay an initial amount of INR 2,899 to receive the handset. Then the user can opt for an already existing or a new Vodafone pre-paid connections with a monthly recharge plan for INR 150 rupees. Currently, there is no official announcement regarding the benefits, but one can expect to receive at least 0.5 GB of 4G LTE data per day with free local and STD calls for a time frame of 28 days from the day of recharge.

One has to continuously recharge the sim card with the above-mentioned plan for 18 months to receive the first cash back of INR 900 and after 36 months the user will receive INR 1,000 cashback. So, if one uses the smartphone for a time frame of 3 years, then, the phone cost come to INR 999 (effectively). f we look at the overall pricing INR 999 + INR 150 * 36 = 5400, a user can enjoy limited data, free voice calls and text for three years for INR 6,400. Though this number sounds expensive, the benefits offered are worth the price tag.

Tech specifications for the Micromax Bharat Ultra 2:

In compare with the Airtel smartphone offering, this device offers bit outdated specifications. However, we don’t have anything to complain at this price tag. The smartphone features a full plastic unibody design with few shades like Black and Gold.

With respect to the display department, the device offers a standard 4.0-inch WVGA IPS LCD screen with a tempered glass protection on the top. Under the display, the device hosues an entry level Spreadtrum SC9832 SoC, paired with 512 MB LPDDR3 RAM and 4 GB onboard flash storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot (up to 32 GB).

Going through the camera department, the device offers a basic 2 MP rear-facing camera and a 0.3 MP front-facing selfie camera (for the namesake). The device is powered by a 1300 mAh Li-ion user replaceable battery with normal charging capability. Finally, the device runs on Android Marshmallow with custom UI on the top. Do not expect any software update or security updates what so ever.