The Reliance JioPhone Next has a function that ensures consumers who pick the EMI option for the phone complete their payments on time. The Device Lock ‘feature’ is set to restrict user access to the JioPhone Next if payments are not made on time. Here’s a detailed look at the same and how it works.
- This includes banners across the interface that say “Device provided by the financer” and remind you that you need to make payments to keep using the phone.
- The banners will appear in many locations, and it appears that there is no way to remove them, even if you have been paying on-time payments.
The JioPhone Next is priced at Rs 6,499, but users can also purchase it via EMI by paying a Rs 1999 down payment along with Rs 501 convenience charges, following which they can choose from multiple EMI plans that are inclusive of voice and data services. This is not the first time phone makers have implemented preloaded measures to restrict access in case of payment defaults.