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Indian firm to offer free phones

Contract-linked smartphones a bid to tap growing market

By VIDHI DOSHI THE WASHINGTON POST

This article was published August 7, 2017 at 1:57 a.m.

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Pedestrians use smartphones near advertising for the Jio mobile network at the Nehru Place IT Market in New Delhi in May.

NEW DELHI -- In a move to corner India's vast, untapped smartphone market and elbow out foreign competitors, Mukesh Ambani, the country's richest man and the multibillionaire owner of Reliance Industries Ltd., recently announced that he will start handing out effectively free cellphones.

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