Airtel Karbonn A40 IndianAirtel today has launched a new affordable smartphone in partnership with Karbonn which shall be retailing at an effective price of ₹1,399. Taking on JioPhone, Airtel has partnered with 4G device manufacturers in India for its ‘Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone’ initiative. Being the first from the lot, Karbonn A40 Indian which is retailing in the market for ₹3,499 will be available at an effective price of ₹1,399 eventually. Customers will need to make a down payment of ₹2,899 for smartphone, and then make a minimum amount of recharges over the course of three years to receive cashback totaling ₹1,500. The cash refunds will be made in the form of payments to the user’s Airtel Payments Bank account.

Airtel partnered Karbonn A40 Indian vs JioPhone

Let’s have a look at Karbonn A40 Indian and how it compares to ₹1,500 JioPhone.

  • Karbonn A40 comes with 4-inch display with full touchscreen input instead of the numerical keypad of the JioPhone.
  • It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat supporting all Android applications whereas the JioPhone runs on KaiOS with limited app support.
  • Airtel phone has dual-SIM card slots unlike the JioPhone.
Airtel partnered Karbonn A40 Indian JioPhone 4G Feature Phone
Display 4.0-inch Display 2.4-inch Display
Processor 1.3GHz dual-core 1.2GHz dual-core
Storage 8GB 4GB
Camera 2MP (rear) 2MP (rear)
Battery 1400mAh 2000mAh
SIM Dual-SIM (unlocked) Single SIM (locked)


One can own a Karbonn A40 Indian smartphone by making a down-payment for ₹2,899 with no restrictions of lock-in period. The user needs to make specific set of recharges and he will be the sole owner of the handset. Comparing this with JioPhone’s pricing, the 4G feature phone will cost ₹1,500 at the end of three years which clearly states that the handset is in a lock-in period. Also, if one wishes to surrender the handset he/she can do so only after 36 months ie: 3 years. Well, both of them have their own pros and cons so if you are interested for any one of this, make sure to read the terms and conditions carefully.