Reliance Jio is in talks with WhatsApp to create a special version of the popular messaging app for newly launched JioPhone, according to a latest report from Factor Daily. Both the companies are planning to introduce a toned-down version of WhatsApp on the feature phone.

The discussions, between the Jio team and WhatsApp, still seem to be in its preliminary stage. Although the JioPhone comes pre-loaded with Jio Music, Jio Cinema and Jio TV, it lacks basic ability to run WhatsApp, which has a over 200 million users in India. The phone is also said to include Facebook and YouTube apps. Powered by Qualcomm 205 platform, the JioPhone runs on KaiOS, a forked version of the Firefox operating system. WhatsApp doesn’t have a version that runs on the KaisOS and therefore the duo are in talks for a special version.

The JioPhone is company’s first VoLTE feature phone that is ‘Made in India’. The phone has a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, Alphanumeric keypad, 4-way Navigation key, microSD slot, rear camera, torch light, FM Radio, comes with 22 major Indian languages and has voice commands call someone, reject a call, browse internet, open apps  and more. The JioPhone is effectively free, but to avoid misuse, the company is collecting Rs. 1500 as a security deposit, which will be refunded after 3 years


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Founder and Chief Editor of Colabyte, Jitendra Malviya likes to keep on top of technology and loves to help people around him get through the day to day trouble they face with technology. So that, they can love technology as much as he does!

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