Lately, there has been a wave of telecom operators and phone brands joining hands to offer more affordable 4G-enabled smartphones in the wake of the JioPhone. The home-bred handset maker itel recently tied up with Vodafone to offer a budget 4G smartphone called the itel A20. Priced at Rs 3,690, the device was being offered at an effective price of Rs 1,590 by Vodafone. Now, itel has tied up with Airtel to offer two more Android-powered smartphones – the A40 and A41 under the Mera Pehla Smartphone initiative.
The itel A40 and A41 come with price tag of Rs 4,599 and Rs 4,699 respectively and after a cashback of Rs 1,500 from Airtel, the effective price will come down to Rs 3,099 and Rs 3,199. While customers will need to pay the price of devices up front, the cashback benefit of Rs 1500 will be provided over a period of 36 months. They will need to recharge their numbers with Rs 3,000 in the first 18 months to get a cashback of Rs 500, and with another Rs 3,000 over the next 18 months for getting further Rs 1,000 cashback.