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Reliance Jio's free service sparks mobile wars in India

It is offering free service for rest of 2016 for its 4G network; rivals slash prices by up to 80%

Customers have been queueing for hours and in the heat at Reliance stores for new Jio 4G SIM cards. The service is free for the rest of 2016, followed by vastly cheaper data plans and free voice calls for life.


OUTSIDE a tiny Reliance store in a trendy Mumbai neighbourhood, residents queued for hours this week for a new SIM card promising free data - and a dramatic reshaping of the Indian mobile landscape.

Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man, announced his long-awaited Reliance Jio