Mukesh Ambani has announced Reliance Jio new offer on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Jio)

Reliance Jio Tricky Exchange Offer of Old Dongle Comes with Many Riders

For those who are planning to exchange their old dongle or wi-fi device for a new JioFi device on 100% cash back offer are in for a ride when they shell out Rs.1,999 for the device first and then get 10 top-up vouchers priced at Rs.201 each under the exchange offer, making it effectively a non-starter.

Reliance Jio exchange offer is only for those who buy a 4G JioFi device by exchanging their old dongle, router, 4G card of Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, Tata, MTS, RCOM, Micromax, D-Link, Huawei, iBall, ZTE, Lava, Intex, Netgear and BSNL. Jio claims that it is an “effective 100% cashback for the JioFi”, which means it is offered in the form of extra data on your new 4G JioFi device and no discount in buying the new JioFi device.

Even for those who do not have an old dongle or router to exchange, they are able to buy JioFi online and get five top-up vouchers of Rs 201, bringing the effective price of JioFi device to Rs.994. Under the new exchange offer, the user has to buy the device first paying full amount and benefit in the form extra data as monthly plan allows. If you are opting for Rs.309 plan, you benefit Rs.201 using these vouchers but after three months and the last date to use these benefits is March 31, 2018.

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To avail the exchange offer, visit online at and buy the device first. Then the procedure is like any other product of Jio at Reliance Jio Store or Digital Xpress outlet. You need to take the device, original bill (few can have or remember to keep the bill in hand), the JioFi box to the store. One has to pay Rs.99 Prime membership before paying for package such as Rs 309 or Rs 509 for the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer, which is valid for 84 days.

Other riders on JioFi or any other Jio subscription include Rs.149 minimum recharge every month to keep the device activated, irrespective of its usage or not. For this it is offering monthly voucher and the five Rs.201 vouchers will come of use during this period. The offer is applicable for both pre-paid and postpaid plans.

So, the exchange offer works only for those who wish to avail the long term JioFi plan but they have to forgo their old dongle and at the same time pay for JioFi device at Rs.1,999 and also pay for initial Prime membership and package price. You need to go through the usual process again submitting Proof of Address (POA), Proof of Identity (POI), and a passport size colour photograph to get the SIM for the JioFi device activated.

Unless you have the base plan, the validity of 1GB to 5GB data will not work. The device allows users to access 4G Data, make VoLTE calls even on 2G or 3G smartphones, and can connect up to 10 devices.

Here is a list of other riders for Jio Offers:

-Voice is truly free – no charge towards voice or the data used to make 4G voice calls.
-All customers can opt for Jio Prime membership and avail Prepaid or –Postpaid plan at payment of Rs. 99.
-For prepaid subscribers one month denotes 28 days and for Postpaid subscribers it denotes one bill cycle.
-The subscriber must have an active prepaid/Postpaid Plan to avail the additional benefits offered under Jio Prime.
-All Postpaid subscribers opting for Jio Prime are also required to opt for e-bill and autopay options.
-This Plan is not for misuse/ fraudulent use/ unauthorised telemarketing and commercial use.
-The voice benefits under voucher cannot be used for outgoing calls to premium numbers, IN numbers etc.
-Unlimited SMS will be capped at 100 free SMS per day.
-Talktime mentioned in the Top-up voucher refers to monetary value.
-Unutilized free benefits will be forfeited at the end of validity.

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