If you are looking to get WhatsApp on your JioPhone, then you are in luck. The Facebook owned messaging service is now available for the JioPhone and JioPhone 2. WhatsApp is available in the JioPhone AppStore starting September 10, 2018 and will be rolled out on all JioPhones by September 20, 2018. users can download WhatsApp on both the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 by visiting the AppStore and clicking on “download”.
WhatsApp has built a new version of its messaging app for the JioPhone running on KaiOS. The app will have features like the ability to send photos, videos, and of course, end to end encryption. Users can also send voice messages through WhatsApp on the JioPhone. To get started, JioPhone users only need to verify their phone number and then they can begin chatting with other WhatsApp users.
“Millions of people across India can now use WhatsApp private messaging on the best-in-class JioPhone across India,” said Chris Daniels, Vice President, WhatsApp. “By designing this new app for KaiOS, we hope to expand the ability for people to communicate with anyone in India and around the world by offering the best messaging experience possible to JioPhone users.”
Mr. Akash Ambani, Director, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, said, “During this movement of connecting the unconnected, many partners came forward to strengthen the cause. One such partner who has really stood by us from the beginning is Facebook and its ecosystem. The result of one such partnership is out for the world to see today. We will be providing WhatsApp, the most used chat application in the world, on all JioPhones starting today. Jio wants to thank the Facebook and WhatsApp team for making this happen.”
Recently we had reported that WhatsApp and YouTube for the JioPhone were meant to be available to users starting August 15. The company is however rolling out the apps in batches via a software update. You can read more about the story here. At its 41st AGM, RIL announced the JioPhone 2, JioGigaFiber, JioGigaTV set-top-box, Jio Smart Home solutions and more. Speaking of the specifications, the JioPhone 2 has a 2.4-inch display that looks much like an older BlackBerry device. It houses a QWERTY keypad and a four-way navigation key. It supports dual SIM cards, one 4G VoLTE slot for the Jio number and another 2G slot in which one can place a SIM card of any other operator according to Jio.