WhatsApp Makes its Way to Reliance JioPhone Along With YouTube

By July 5th, 2018 AT 11:40 AM

At the 41st Annual General Meeting of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the company announced a lot of achievements of Reliance Jio in the last one year. The company has announced that WhatsApp will be making its way to the JioPhone, which is the company’s feature phone. Alongside WhatsApp, Jio also confirmed that YouTube and Facebook would also be made available in the JioPhone app store. It’s been a while we have been hearing rumours about WhatsApp working on a version of KaiOS, and it has now been confirmed by Reliance Jio. Last year, Google announced the rollout of Google Assistant to the platform and it has been loved by the JioPhone users. WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube will be available for the users to download from the app store from August 15.

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The JioPhone runs on KaiOS and it’s the reason behind the popularity of KaiOS in recent times. Even Google has recently invested $22 million in KaiOS, seeing the growth of the operating system in the last one year. And the entire credit goes to JioPhone itself.

Moving onto other details, Reliance Jio also announced that it sold over 25 million units of JioPhone so far and also announced an upgraded variant, dubbed JioPhone 2. Jio will be selling both the variants going forward.

Furthermore, Jio stated that the voice command is one of the best features of JioPhone. Users have issued over 20 crore voice commands on a monthly basis.

Reliance Jio is selling the JioPhone at free of cost, but a user has to pay Rs 1,500 while picking up the device. The Rs 1,500 amount will be refunded back to the customers after three years and they’ve to return the device as well. For the unaware, the JioPhone is a feature phone with 4G VoLTE support and Jio is calling it as ‘Smartest Feature Phone.’

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dragonmonk
dragonmonk

Great news for people who like feature phones for their simplicity and long battery life. KaiOS running WhatsApp implies we will see WhatsApp on Nokia 8110 4G and all other KaiOS devices!!

Esmail

The inclusion of WhatsApp on the Jio phone coupled with the exchange offer of old 2G handsets for new Jio phone for Rs.501 will ensure that 2G userbase of incumbent operators migrates to Jio, causing further financial stress to them.

Kirti Khurana
Kirti Khurana

Yep, now all Jio need is spread the news to the masses! Rs. 500 for 4G phone + 49/month for calling won’t hurt anybody BUT AVoId 😀

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

They need to match the tariffs or provide extra benefits than Jio at 98.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
Kiran Fernandes | Goa

Lol they need to match the tariffs at 49 as that’s what you get for a gig and unlimited calling per day. Really good plan. AVoId will have a hard time getting users back on 2g xD

Chetan Malhotra
Chetan Malhotra

Yes Esmail, and after today Ambani announcement it will be double whammy for one player today who will be confused as to how to tackle this. Spend more on ftth lines or spend to save 2G customer????

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

+1

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