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JioMart comes to WhatsApp in India; Jio 5G debuts in October

Reliance and Meta announced a partnership at Reliance Industries’ 45th annual general meeting, which will see JioMart offer grocery shopping to people on Whatsapp in India.

Whatsapp users in India can now browse and shop JioMart’s grocery catalogue in the app. They can also pay in the app via UPI.

Meta and Reliance struck a partnership in 2020 and have been working towards this collaboration for the past two years, with a pilot test being run with limited users.

“The Jiomart on Whatsapp experience further our commitment to enabling a simple and convenient way of online shopping to millions of India,” said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries.

With over 420 million people using Jio’s telecom service and significantly more using Whatsapp as their go-to instant chat service, the companies are looking to provide Indian consumers with an easy alternative to grocery delivery services like Big Basket, Zomato’s Blinkit or Swiggy’s Instamart — all of which require the use of another app.

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“Excited to launch our partnership with Jiomart in India. This is our first-ever end-to-end shopping experience on Whatsapp — people can now buy groceries from Jiomart right in a chat. Business messaging is an area with real momentum, and chat-based experiences like this will be the go-to way people and businesses communicate in the years to come,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Meta.

Jio’s 5G plans afoot

At the 45th AGM, the company announced that Jio will be spending $25 billion to bring 5G to consumers. Jio’s 5G service will start deploying in October 2022 — probably in metro cities — and a pan-India rollout is expected by the end of 2023.

Jio announced its collaboration with Google in June 2021 to bring accessible 5G service to India, alongwith an affordable 5G smartphone.

India's internet boom can be credited to only one factor and that is Reliance Jio. Before Jio disrupted the market, things were a bit slow in the internet sector in India. Reliance Jio offered low rates and high speed which eventually led other networks to follow suit -- beginning sort of an internet revolution. In this article, we've explained how to do check Jio account and net balance via the IVR, MyJio app, website and SMS, followed by a list of all Jio USSD codes that'll be helpful in activating or deactivating various services as well as checking bill and balance. Check the account and net balance via IVR calling This is the easiest way to learn your account and net balance in Jio. Dial 1299 from your registered mobile number. The call will automatically disconnect and you will receive an SMS with the details of your account and net balance. Check the account and net balance via MyJio app You can also check the balance via the MyJio app. Usually, this app comes pre-installed in the Jio phones. On other phones, you can download this app from the respective OS marketplace like Play Store and App Store. Upon launching the MyJio app, you will see the expiry date of your account as well as the internet balance on the home screen. This app is designed for the convenience of the Jio users and thus you can recharge your Jio number as well as can talk to the Jio caller centre via this app. Check the balance and net balance via the website Here are the steps to check the balance via the Jio website. Go to Jio.com and then click on the Sign-in option at the top right and then click on mobile. Enter your mobile number that is currently registered with Jio. You will receive an OTP on the number. Now, you can see your balance details from the website. The website shows you the balance as well as the net balance on your device. Check account balance via SMS (only for postpaid customers) If you are a postpaid user of Jio, you can send the following SMS via your registered mobile phone: BILL to 199.  You will receive all the information regarding your postpaid account. Jio USSD codes Following are the USSD codes of Jio. Also read: How to activate, change and remove Jio caller tune?

During the event, the company announced their partnerships with Microsoft, Intel, Ericsson, Nokia and Qualcomm too, which will also help them with 5G deployment and associated services.

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