Pokémon Go is finally coming to India as Reliance Jio teams up with Niantic

Pokémon Go is finally coming to India. Niantic's hit AR title will be available for download in the country on Android and iOS starting Wednesday, December 14. Niantic partnered with Reliance Jio to bring the game to the country, with thousands of Reliance Digital turning into PokéStops.

From Niantic's CEO John Hanke:

We are delighted to partner with Jio to launch Pokémon GO in India. It's exciting to see Pokémon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokémon and Jio's disruptive high speed 4G LTE Network will be an excellent way to experience the game.

Jio's messaging app JioChat will get an exclusive Pokémon Go channel that lets players collaborate and engage with the community. Reliance Jio president Mathew Oommen talked about the partnership, and the potential for further content deals in the future:

With over 500 million downloads globally, we are excited to launch Pokémon GO officially in India on the Reliance Jio network. Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pokémon 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.

With Jio extending its free usage, you'll be able to play the game and not incur any data fees until March 31, 2017.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is Android Central's Senior Editor of Asia. In his current role, he oversees the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, networking products, and AV gear. He has been testing phones for over a decade, and has extensive experience in mobile hardware and the global semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.