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WhatsApp for iOS moves to yearly subscription model

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WhatsApp for iOS moves to yearly subscription model
For a while now, iOS users have had something of a deal for WhatsApp. Whereas on Android, the app was free, but came with a 99 cents per year subscription fee; iOS users had to pay 99 cents for the app, but there was no cost after that. Well, that has changed, and WhatsApp for iOS is moving to a yearly subscription model.

Of course, as with the Android version of the app, downloading it will get you a year free before you have to start paying the annual subscription. So, what this really means is that WhatsApp is now free for iOS users, and you get a one-year trial. Although, calling it a trial probably isn't quite right, since after a year, you'll have either uninstalled the app or are completely hooked. 

Given that WhatsApp recently announced 250 million users, it seems quite a few are getting hooked. 

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posted on 18 Jul 2013, 22:57 3

1. Android-Boxer (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


It's not that bad! On android it costs only $0.99 for a year! So speaking honestly, i've never ever purchased an app on play store.. But when my trial period ends, I'll be paying whatsapp on a year module.. Come on! For us in Sri lanka, it costs $1 for 434 messages via phone carrier.. So whatsapp is way more cheaper and the best! Thumbs up for their awesome service!

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 00:48 5

2. Gawain (Posts: 341; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


Seeing as how they're committed to an ad free environment, 99-cents a year is perfectly acceptable.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 06:23

3. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


99 hmm millions of users = millions of $$$ yearly hmm I need to make a Wichapp

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 08:14

4. rabih_z (Posts: 45; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


for the return im getting from whatsapp 1$/year is nothing.
i used to pay a lot more (25$/month) every month for my Black berry service...

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 10:53

5. T12RYK (Posts: 98; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


99c (69p for us in the UK) a year is more than fair in my opinion.
But for those who already bought the app, does that count towards one years purchase??

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