More phones to choose from, to be your first smartphone or ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone‘. India’s largest telecom operator Airtel has extended its partnership with Indian mobile vendor Karbonn to introduce two new smartphones to its 4G phone list. The two android smartphones are Karbonn A41 Power and Karbonn A1 Indian.
You can grab any one of the two smartphones, which shares identical specifications at an effective price of Rs 1,799 for A1 Indian and Rs 1,849 for A41 Power. Both smartphones will be available to purchase via Airtel stores across India. You can also purchase this smartphone online via Amazon India [Amazon.in/Karbonn].
The Rs 169 Mobile Pack
Airtel is bundling its special Rs 169 mobile pack with both new Karbonn 4G smartphones. Under this pack, you get unlimited local and STD voice calls to any network across India. For data benefits, you are getting 500MB of daily 4G/3G/2G data benefits with the plan. The validity of the mobile pack will be 28 days.
Airtel – Karbonn Cashback and Pricing
Before jumping to the hardware specification of phones, let’s see what’s Airtel has to offer with the Karbonn smartphones. Just like the Airtel’s Karbonn A40 Indian deal, you need to first make a down payment to actually purchase the device. You need to shell out Rs 3,299 for the A1 Indian and Rs 3,349 for the A41 Power.
Then you need to do a minimum monthly recharge of Rs 169, the Airtel special 4G mobile pack continuously for next 36 months. More like Reliance Jio’s JioPhone early return policy, Airtel will offer a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months. There is an another Rs 1000 cash refund after 36 months, taking the total cash refunds to Rs 1500. That’s how you end up seeing the effective price tag of Rs 1,799 for the A1 Indian and Rs 1,849 for A41 Power.
However, you are not restricted to use only the Airtel’s Rs 169 monthly plan. You get the flexibility to recharge with any other mobile plan, of your choice. However, to claim the first Rs 500 cash refund, a total of Rs 3000 worth recharge need to be done within 18 months of mobile purchase. Also, another Rs 3000 worth recharge needs to be done over the next 18 months for the Rs 1000 cash refund.
- Recharge for Rs 169 per month (or total worth Rs 3,000 within) for 18 months.
- Get cash refund of Rs 500 on your Airtel Payments Bank.
- Continue to recharge for Rs 169 per month (or total worth Rs 3,000 within) for next 18 months.
- Get additional cash refund of Rs 1000 to your Airtel Payments Bank.
Under the Airtel – Karbonn deal you won’t need to return the mobile to the telco or mobile vendor for getting the cash refund. You can keep using the mobile with Airtel’s special 4G plan.
Karbonn A41 Power and A1 Indian
Coming to the Karbonn A41 Power and A1 Indian specifications, they both have almost similar hardware specifications. Both the devices flaunt a 4-inch WVGA capacitive display. Under the hood, the Karbonn A41 Power is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, whereas the Karbonn A1 India get’s its power from a 1.1GHz quad-core processor. They both are paired with 1GB of RAM and carries 8GB of internal storage. You can further expand the storage using microSD card. Both these devices run on Android 7.0 Nougat OS with pre-installed Airtel apps. The phone also comes with support for 24 Indian regional languages.
The Karbonn A1 Indian sports a 3.2-megapixel back camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Whereas, the Karbonn A41 Power got a 2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front selfie camera. Both this device has dual SIM capability, so you could use a second SIM from another telecom operator. Coming to connectivity, the device supports 4G LTE network that works definitely works with Airtel’s 4G bands. You also get 4G VoLTE support for making HD voice and video calls. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and OTG support. Finally, the Karbonn A1 Indian is fueled by a 1,500mAh battery. Whereas the Karbonn A41 Power gets its fuel from a 2,300mAh battery.
Earlier this month, the telco has launched Smart 4G android smartphone in partnership with Celkon at an effective price of Rs 1,349. It also comes bundled with an Airtel 4G monthly pack of Rs 169, which offers unlimited voice calls and daily 4G data benefit.