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WhatsApp stands up to Viber and Skype – voice communication set to arrive soon

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WhatsApp stands up to Viber and Skype – voice communication set to arrive soon
Users of WhatsApp, one of the most popular messengers, will be delighted to know that a voice communication feature will be implemented into their favorite app relatively soon. Jan Koum, the CEO of the recently-acquired-by-Facebook-for-$16-billion WhatsApp, confirmed this at the MWC in Barcelona.

Users of the popular messenger that use iOS and Android devices will get the voice communication feature first, but the Windows Phone and the BlackBerry versions of the app will follow shortly. However, it is yet unclear if calls in WhatsApp will be free, like in Viber, or with some kind of monthly subscription.

WhatsApp experienced some serious issues with its servers a couple of days ago, which led to a long outage, but everything is back to normal now. However, many users waved "Goodbye!" to WhatsApp and switched to rival messengers, such as Telegram.

Download: WhatsApp Messenger (iOS | Android | Windows Phone | BlackBerry)

source: Engadget

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:12 2

1. GMS85 (Posts: 156; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


BBM ALL THE WAY!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:19 3

3. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Takes up the whole screen... and it's old school. There has to be something close to WhatsApp?! Maybe telegram messenger...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:40

6. GMS85 (Posts: 156; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Telegram? What is that anyways? I would say No, to those WhatsApp wanna bes, to be honest with you. I only use Google Hangouts and BBM n that's quiet enough. And yes I deactivated my WhatsApp account long time ago!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:49

11. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I tend to use a lot of different messaging apps depending on which friend uses what and as backups (texting plans are for suckers). Telegram has some cool features that the other popular ones don't have like encryption and self destruct messages.

What's stupid is that more and more messaging apps are adding voice calling instead of what people want which is gif support. So far Hangouts is the only one.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:15

2. Takeharu (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Use Hangouts instead. It's the best messaging app around.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:32

4. Augustine (Posts: 673; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


But Hangouts cannot make calls on Android, only on iOS, AFAIK.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:58 2

8. buccob (Posts: 1346; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


What the hell are you talking about, hangout can make calls... Just not directly, you have to make first a video call and change sound to earpiece. It will also turn the screen black

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:43

10. Augustine (Posts: 673; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I meant that Hangouts cannot make calls to a phone line, only to sets with Hangouts installed. On iOS Hangouts can dial any number, even a land-line, for free if in the US.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:58

9. buccob (Posts: 1346; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


What the hell are you talking about, hangout can make calls... Just not directly, you have to make first a video call and change sound to earpiece. It will also turn the screen black

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:37 4

5. darkskoliro (Posts: 953; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Scumbag Whatsapp. Has phone icon, yet it doesnt have voice communication service.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:07 1

7. antifanboy14 (Posts: 67; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


i used to wonder the same thing

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