Reliance Communications has tied up with WhatsApp in India, and has launched the prepaid plan ‘WhatsApp Plan’ for all Reliance GSM subscribers and ‘My College Plan’ for students across the country.

Reliance GSM customers can now enjoy unlimited usage of WhatsApp and Facebook across the country at a nominal fee of Rs 16 per month, without paying any extra data consumption charges.

Facebook is bundled complimentary in this pack for a limited period and hence a customer's use of WhatsApp and Facebook is absolutely free on the Reliance network. With a validity period of 30 days from the date of recharge, the plan is auto-renewed every 30 days unless unsubscribed.

Commenting on the tie-up, Sanjay Behl, group head, brand and marketing, Reliance Communications, said: “This is the first of its kind offering of sharing unlimited text, music, pictures and videos. It will provide a compelling new experience with incredible affordability to smartphone users across the country. We are hoping this offer to trigger a significant shift of youth customers using smartphones to our superior network.’’

Commenting on the association, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton said: “With the rapid growth of smartphones in India, we are currently working with industry leaders across countries. This would help leverage the power of data through their smart communication devices.’’