Pokemon GO is finally available in India and South Asia. Trainers in these regions can now catch Pokemon on their smartphones.
This week, Niantic released the mobile app in the new regions. According to Niantic’s announcement, they had to resolve several unnamed “administrative challenges” before the game could be released in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
Niantic also announced a partnership with Reliance Jio Infocomm to help bring Pokemon GO to India. Reliance Jio is one of India’s leading mobile providers and brings fast 4G LTE service to over 50 million people. Thanks to this partnership, Niantic is transforming numerous Reliance Jio stores into PokeStops and Gyms. Reliance Jio is celebrating by giving its customers the ability to download and play the game free of any data charges during its Happy New Year offer.
Furthermore, Jio has announced that its social messaging app JioChat will receive a new channel to give trainers tips, contests, and special events. Mathew Oommen, president of Reliance Jio, explains, “With over 500 million downloads globally, we are excited to launch Pokemon GO officially in India on the Reliance Jio network. Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pokemon GO app but also opens the door to more opportunities for our customers to enjoy content on Jio’s one-of-a-kind mobile broadband network.”
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