Reliance Communications announced a special scheme targeted towards the rural segment, named Gramada Phone which runs under the guidelines of Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).
Under the USOF programme, nine million people living in over 10,000 villages in parts of Kodagu, Mandya, Tumkur, Hassan, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Kolar, Chickkaballapur, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts will be covered.
The phone will be available for Rs.699 with 2 year free incoming service. Call charges have been fixed at 80 paise for three minutes for local calls to fixed lines and to any Reliance phone in Karnataka. Calls made to other mobile service providers’ phones will be charged 80 paise per minute.
Gramada phone contains patch-panel-Antenna (PPA) that will be fixed at every household in areas that have near zero or even zero phone penetration, which will help offer superior connectivity and voice clarity.