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

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| August 4 , 2017 , 19:55 IST

In a complementary gift for all the people waiting for Jio's upcoming phone, the 4G enabled VoLTE feature phone will come with built in messaging app 'Whatsapp', say a report.

According to this report, business tycoon Mukesh Ambani has held preliminary talks with WhatsApp to launch a ‘custom-made’ version of the messaging application on the upcoming device.

According to a report in FactorDaily, “There have been a few meetings between Reliance Jio officials and Whatsapp officials… but the discussions are preliminary.” The report also said, “The talks are on. We already have a relationship with Facebook… There are technical challenges. A version (of Whatsapp) is needed that will work optimally on the JioPhone.”

Launched at the 40 annual general meeting of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), the Jio Phone has been well welcomed by the people.

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Announcing the phone, Managing Director of Reliance, Mukesh Ambani had said that the phone would be ‘effectively free.’ However, an initial fee of Rs 1500, that will be refundable after three years would be required.

"On the Jio Phone voice will always be free, second, the 50 crore feature phone users don't even have access to basic internet. I believe today every young Indian should have access to information at his fingertips and that is what the Jio Phone enables. To enable a digital life all need access to data at affordable rates. So starting August 15 this year I am declaring digital freedom for all feature phone users. Jio will give them access to unlimited data on the Jio phone," Mukesh Ambani had said during the announcement.

The phone was not expected to have Whatsapp as the company had not announced the operating system to be used in the new phone.  Initial reports had indicated that the phone might run on KaiOS, which has not been confirmed.

According to the company, the phone is scheduled available by August 15 for Beta testing while the pre-booking of the phone will start August 24.

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