Jio Phone Has No WhatsApp Support, 500MB Daily Limit

The Reliance Feature Phone “Jio Phone” unveiled last friday was taken in great way by people all over India.The Jio Phone was offered with an upfront cost of Rs.1500 – which can be refunded in three years – it’s one of the cheapest ways for people to get access to 4G data, and it’s being backed up by special plans that sound really good on paper.

Although Jio announced unlimited data access plans there is a “Fair Usage policy (FUP) ” Users can access only up to 500MB (half a gigabyte) of high-speed Internet data daily when paying for the Rs. 153 plan. After crossing that limit, you can still use Internet – hence the use of the word ‘unlimited – but the speeds will drop and will only reset at the end of the day.

Notably, with the Rs. 309 Jio plan – which Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani said will be needed for you to use the Jio Phone TV-Cable – you get access to 1GB of high-speed data per day, and that is for 56 days, so you get four times as much data.

Jio Phone WhatsApp support

Also, although the JioPhone includes a number of apps – on stage, the Mann Ki Baat app was demonstrated, and we also spotted Facebook, the phone does not support WhatsApp “at the moment”.WhatsApp which is immensely popular in India with 200 million active users in India as of February 2017.

As we get closer to August 24, when people can pre-book a JioPhone, we expect more of these details will become clear but it’s not new for Jio to keep a lot of the details in the fine print. The company did the same thing in September, during the launch of Reliance Jio. At the time, announcing its Welcome Offer, the company made no announcement about the 4GB FUP limit that was in place at the time.

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