Whatsapp-Reliance Talk Of Custom Made 'Whatsapp' For Jio Phone

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In addition, there is provision for NFC support for digital payments, which will be rolled out to users via OTA software upgrade.The phone does not have WhatsApp support at the moment, glimpses of a Web browser, Facebook, and PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat broadcast during the unveiling at the Reliance AGM has been captured by the reporters. The feature phone by Reliance will begin its beta trial from the middle of this month and will only be available for a small section of the customers.

The firm also expects a challenge for Jio and it said that unlike the battles drawn between new comer and incumbent rivals over service pricing plane, the new one would be fought on the product front.

The report adds that the version for WhatsApp for the JioPhone will be a toned down version.

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani launched Jio's 4G LTE enabled feature phone- Jio Phone at an event in Mumbai last month.

Available at no upfront cost and just a refundable deposit of Rs. 1,500, the JioPhone has definitely created ripples in the mobile phone market. The deposit will be refunded in full after a period of three years, but only if the user returns the device. The company has also launched attractive tariff plans exclusively for JioPhone. The handset runs on KaiOS, a forked version of the Firefox operating system.

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To book your Jio Phone online, you can check the MyJio app on August 24. Previously, Facebook's Chief Financial Officer David Wehner had also acknowledged Jio's contribution in the growing usage of the social network in India. This will give a major boost, not only to the phone but also the app. PM Narendra Modi had demonetised high valued currency in India past year, with one of the aims being making the country a cashless economy.

The finding points out that the low-end of this smartphone user base operates at clear sub-Rs 200 ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) and consumers would likely to consider the pros and cons of downtrading to JioPhone from a smartphone.

"We are targeting to have five million Jiophones available every week", Ambani said.

The reason why JioPhone can't support WhatsApp for the time being is because of the operating system that the phone runs on.

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