Reliance Retail has claimed that its low-budget JioPhones have captured 80% of the market share in sub- Rs.1,500 mobile phone segment. Reliance Retail said in a statement, “Out of every 10 phones sold in the sub-Rs.1,500 price-range, 8 are JioPhones.”
It added that the number of voice commands used on a JioPhone surpassed by five times than that on a smartphone. Reliance Retail said JioPhone users spend more time using the internet and applications more than even smartphone users, post the launch of mobile messaging app WhatsApp on JioPhone.
Akash Ambani, Director, Reliance Retail and Reliance Jio Infocomm, said, “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.”
WhatsApp built a new version of its private messaging app for JioPhone, running the Jio-KaiOS, the statement said.
JioPhone users can already access apps like JioTV, JioCinema, JioMusic, JioChat, Google Maps and Facebook. A joint statement by Reliance Retail and WhatsApp on Monday said that the mobile messaging app will be available across all JioPhone by September 20 as they will update software in phases.