After taking the competition in India’s telecom space to a new level when Reliance Jio offered voice calls for free forever and cut down data costs, Jio apps have now beaten mobile messaging service WhatsApp and social networking website Facebook on Google Play. Of the top 10 apps downloaded from the Google Play store in India, seven are from Jio family. WhatsApp is placed at third spot and Facebook is at 12th spot. MyJio app takes the top spot on the store while JioCinema is at second spot, revealed the top charts ranking on Google Play. Also Read - Govt brings Sandes instant messaging app to counter WhatsApp
Jio has also launched a new online shopping app AJIO that offers clothes, jewellery and accessories from more than 200 Indian and international brands. JioTV takes the fourth place, JioNet fifth, JioJoin sixth, JioMusic seventh and JioMags bags the 10th place on Google Play. While MyJio has seen 10 million downloads, all other apps have crossed the one million downloads mark. Eleven of the top 15 downloaded apps and 12 in top 20 belong to the Jio family. Last week, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani took announced that domestic phone calls from the Jio network will be free forever. The data plans will also reflect the affordability for customers, with an effective base rate of 5 paise per MB or Rs 50 per GB, adding that based on the usage, the data tariff could go to as low as Rs 25 per GB. Also Read - Facebook is finally bringing 'smart glasses' in collaboration with Ray-Ban
The company has announced aggressively priced data plans, and offers aimed at students and startups. Some of the major announcements include making the voice calls free, 25 percent extra data for students, 1GB data for Rs 50 and plans to set up 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots across the country. The company has also launched offers for new users and will get unlimited usage till the end of this year under their Welcome Offer. Mukesh Ambani also talked about launching ultra-affordable LYF smartphones with support for 4G and VoLTE, and prices for these devices will start from as low as Rs 2,999. He also announced a price drop for the JioFi 2 router, which will now be available for Rs 1,999 only.