Finally! Whatsapp removes $1 annual subscription fee
posted by Victor H. / Jan 18, 2016, 6:17 AM
Since forever, Whatsapp Messenger has been charging its users a humble annual fee ($1 or £1, depending on market) due after the first year of usage. This ends today: the Facebook-owned messenger goes completely free and slashes any and all annual fees.
Nearly a billion people today use WhatsappThe annual fee for the right to use Whatsapp has been a relic of the past that seemed particularly strange in a global market full of free solutions like Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber and countless others.
Question now remains how Whatsapp will monetize its huge user base. Whatsapp explains that there will be no third-party ads (which would be a huge turn-off for most users), and instead the company plans to bring new functionality to allow customers to communicate with businesses they care about: it would be possible to contact your bank via Whatsapp, for instance, if you are worried about a fraudulent transaction, or check with an air carrier about the status of a flight.
Acquired by Facebook in late 2014 for a whopping $22 billion, Whatsapp is one of the world's most popular messenger clients, second only to Facebook Messenger in terms of spread. It is available on a vast range of platforms, from Android and iPhone, to Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS and even the dated Symbian and Nokia S40 platforms.
source: Whatsapp Blog
Posts: 2956; Member since: Jun 19, 2012
Never paid it... It kept extending my free deadline...
posted on Jan 18, 2016, 6:23 AM 20
Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014
Nothing is for free, you always pay for it, maybe not with money, but you do pay for it.
posted on Jan 19, 2016, 3:58 AM 0
Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 05, 2015
I doubt anyone has paid before, at least in my country.
posted on Jan 18, 2016, 6:30 AM 6
Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 18, 2016
But what about the people who paid in advance?
posted on Jan 18, 2016, 6:31 AM 0
It cost them $1. They can deal with it.
posted on Jan 18, 2016, 12:24 PM 1
Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015
My guess they will monetize it via selling consumer info mining habits, getting access to the phone and data in general.
posted on Jan 18, 2016, 6:34 AM 5
Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014
Great, now it's going to turn into Viber with BS sticker sales and other c**p. As for paying, WhatsApp would always send me a massage "Enjoy your additional free year of service" or something similar whenever I entered last month of my free use. Been using it for over 4 year without paying.
posted on Jan 18, 2016, 7:24 AM 0
Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015
was perfect but lately, I find it unreliable, sometimes the messages aren't instant and i get them only when i unlock my phone. I think there;s a problem with the app rather then my phone (Samsung S6).
posted on Jan 18, 2016, 7:52 AM 0
Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015
Never Used Whatsapp Before Perhaps I'll Give It A Go Now.
posted on Jan 18, 2016, 8:37 AM 0
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