6 Key Differences Between Reliance JioChat, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger

    Foreign messaging applications have been ruling the Indian market for long now. But, since the inception of Hike, a social messaging app, things seemed to have changed slightly.

    Differences Between Reliance JioChat, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger

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    Recently, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Mukesh Ambani's very own telecom firm launched an instant messaging application dubbed as JioChat for the masses. It's currently available for download on Google Play Store and iTunes Store.

    JioChat is pretty much similar to the already existing apps like WhatsApp, Facebook's Messenger, and Hike but has got pretty much to offer under its sleeves. However, one big question remains, how is it going to compete against apps like WhatsApp which already has 700 million active users with the count still growing?

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    We've compiled a list of differences between JioChat, WhatsApp, and Messenger to see how the JioChat differs from the rest. Let's quickly dive into the differences.

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    Normal messaging

    You can simply sign up using your mobile number to start sending messages to your friends. All the three services are free for lifetime. You can send messages to your friends even when you are offline, the JioChat will automatically deliver the message when you are connected to the internet.

    Group Chat

    The best part about JioChat is that you can create groups with up to 500 members in it, which is great. WhatsApp limits this to just 256 members whereas Messenger allows you to send a message to 150 members at a time.

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    Images and files

    You can share files like pdfs, docs, mp3, images etc from all the three apps. Additionally, you can doodle on the images when sent from JioChat, which is unavailable in WhatsApp as of now. Messenger also supports this feature.

    Voice Calling

    All the three services support voice calling. You can call your friends at any point of time for free.

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    Video calling

    JioChat offers support for video calling. What's even more interesting is the fact that you can make group video calls from JioChat. Whereas Messenger allows only one-to-one video calls. On the other hand, WhatsApp doesn't support video calls.

    Channels to follow

    JioChat allows you to follow popular brands and companies via channels to know the latest trends and promotional offers which is lacking in both WhatsApp and Messenger.

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