Pokémon GO now available in South Asia
The freemium mobile game Pokémon GO is now available for iOS and Android in seven South Asian countries. Specifically, it is now available in India, Bahrain, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
In India, Pokémon GO will partner with Reliance Jio Infocomm (which operates under the name Jio). As part of this partnership, nearly 3,000 Jio stores (thousands of Reliance Digital stores according to Jio's press release) and select partner premises in India will become PokéStops or Gyms in the Pokémon GO, as well as offering charging stations for players. On Jio's social messaging app, JioChat, Pokémon players have access to an exclusive Pokémon GO channel to allow them to collaborate and be part of a community of players with daily tips, contests, clues, and special events. During Jio's "Happy New Year" offer, Jio SIM customers will be able to download and play Pokémon GO without incurring data charges, like any other apps and content, until March 31, 2017.
Pokémon GO was originally released in July this year. So far, it has been released in the Americas, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau, Taiwan, Mongolia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Oceania, parts of Africa, most of Europe, and the Middle East. According to the official Pokémon site, it is planned for a release in Russia in 2016.