WhatsApp on JioPhone!

New Delhi, Aug 26: Finally booking pre-booking of JioPhone has started again, in just Rs 500 buyers can book the device across its retail stores, the website and JioApp.

The 6 million customers who have already booked the device will get it by this Diwali which falls on October 19, and customers will be alerted with an SMS regarding the status of the JioPhone delivery.

But still, the big question for its buyers is its WhatsApp compatibility, will users be able to use Whatsapp on so-called "India ka Smartphone" 

For this, Reliance Jio is working with WhatsApp Inc to develop a different version of WhatsApp that will work with KaiOS, on which JioPhone runs. Since JioPhone doesn't have a Google Play Store or Apple App Store, it seems as of now JioPhone users will not be able to use WhatsApp.   

JioPhone, which can be operated by speaking out instructions to dial, type messages and the like will come with pre-loaded Jio apps for messaging and entertainment. The phone can be connected with television sets for watching live TV using the Jio TV app.

The phone will also include some of the popular instant messaging and social networking apps.

"As announced by RIL CMD (Mukesh Ambani), JioPhone will be given against payment of fully-refundable deposit of Rs 1,500. Customers will be able to book JioPhone for Rs 500 and the balance Rs 1,000 can be paid at the time of delivery in September. The total amount will be refunded after 36 months when the customer returns the phone," the partner said.

Ambani had announced that voice calling for customers of the "effectively free" JioPhone would always be free and they would get unlimited data for a month against payment of Rs 153.

Jio has also announced a weekly plan for Rs 53 and a 2- day plan for Rs 23 for unlimited data access.

Reliance Retail has a target of making available 50 lakh JioPhones every week from September.

With PTI Inputs