Apple is little late to the Jio game in India. Recently Reliance announced that the iPhone was officially supported on the Jio network and that the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, launched in India on October 7, would be available along with attractive bundled Jio offers. But before this announcement, even though the Jio SIM card worked on the Apple phones, a number of phone makers came forward and officially announced support for Jio in their phones. Apple, however, wasn’t one of them.
Thankfully, even if – officially – the iPhone joins the party late, it does so in a manner that makes it one of the best phones to pair with the Jio SIM card.
I have been using a Jio SIM with the iPhone 7 Plus for over a week now and the way the two work is flawless, or at least as flawless it can be at this stage when the Jio is facing some serious issues with its speed and performance. The issues that I faced with the Jio SIM card earlier on the Nexus 6P or the OnePlus 3 also persist on the iPhone 7 Plus.
The Jio network is just not that much stable. And the speed, the famed speed, that attracted consumers to it in the early days of its launch is almost gone now. In fact compared to the 4G from Airtel, at least in Delhi area, Jio is slower. But then in its favour you can say that it is also free, at least for another 3 months or so.
Depending on where you are and what you are doing on the phone, the Jio speed on the iPhone 7 Plus varies from 10Mbps to less than 1Mbps. App installs etc are usually fast but streaming videos on the YouTube etc aren’t. However, as noted earlier, the problem is not with the iPhone 7 Plus. It is with the Jio network.
Beyond the speed issues, the good news is that the compatibility between the Jio and the iPhone seems superb. The data works most of the time, albeit at varied speed, and the VoLTE calls can be made without Jio 4G Voice app. The call quality too is good and use the Jio network a user doesn’t have to tweak or change any settings.
In fact, the compatibility is so good that the iPhone 7 Plus is the first phone I have used that accurately shows network status. On other phones, for example on the Nexus 6P or the OnePlus 3, I would see all five bars and yet the apps won’t connect to web and network performance will be really bad. On the iPhone, the network status – showed with solid dots in the notification area – is mostly at three dots. It rarely reaches five dots and during travel often goes down to 2 dots, or even 1 dot.
Now this may not sound much of a big deal but it does save the user a bit of frustration. When you see 2 dots for network status, you expect poor connectivity and that is exactly what you get. You get what you see, which is different compared to how it works on the OnePlus 3 or the Nexus 6P.