WhatsApp hits 800 million users; voice calls coming to Windows Phone version

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced on his Facebook page late tonight that the messaging app now has 800 million monthly active users. That is a 33% increase since last August. By the end of the year, WhatsApp could have 1 billion monthly active users. That is a very important benchmark for the app. After purchasing WhatsApp last year for more than $21 billion, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he expects the acquisition to add to his company's bottom line once WhatsApp reaches 1 billion users.

Besides allowing users to send messages to each other, WhatsApp has now added voice calling to the Android version of the app. It soon will offer the same feature to iOS users and Windows Phone users as well.

A leaked image showing phrases that will be translated for WhatsApp's Windows Phone users in other countries has surfaced. With such actions as "Dialing, Incoming Calls, Answer, Ignore and Message," it is pretty apparent that Windows Phone users won't miss out on the ability to make and take voice calls using WhatsApp. And that is sure to make users of the platform feel good.

source: WSJ, WMPoweruser

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11 Comments

1. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

if i use third party whatsapp client, does it counted?

3. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

What I like about Whatsapp is NO ADDS. I really hate when my messaging system act like a salesman with tons of ads.

4. jmonteiro829

Posts: 265; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Yeah.. its better than NO MINUS!

5. mixedfish

Posts: 1562; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

WhatsApp is seriously the worst mainstream chat app out there. It's devoid of features, account based on your phone number so spammers can throw you spam, people you don't care about adding you based on a phone number, downloads images into your picture viewer. To top it all off, we only JUST got VoIP calls when everything else has had it years ago. And we're talking about the only chat app that dangles a $1 fee for those who are too lazy to care. Seriously, move on to another app people.

6. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Which one?? line has ads bbm is the worst, too much ads, no one use, hard to remember archaic PIN I like the usage of phone number. I never got spammed with whatsapp, but you can block/report the spammer that throw you spam.

9. dealova

Posts: 31; Member since: May 19, 2014

Soon the spammers will use Whatsapp.....Whasapp should have "Blocked unknown numbers" feature in the future..

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22308; Member since: May 28, 2014

You'll soon get spammed in WhatsApp. There is no privacy there, everyone has your number. You don't need to "remember your pin" in BBM. All you have to do is open up the app and it's there. Much more privacy with BBM as well. The ads in BBM are not intrusive. They are designed to fit right in with your news feeds so to not be intrusive. You don't even notice that you're looking at an ad. If you think for one minute that WhatsApp values your privacy and isn't selling your number to the highest bidder, ESPECIALLY since they are now owned by FACEBOOK, then you really have no clue about what's really going on with WhatsApp.

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

i think the main issue that bothers you is a $1 annual fee that whatsapp charges.... for ad-free and flawless service...

8. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Glad I'm not one of those 800 million sheep.

10. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

This article talk about whatsapp, not iOS 800 million user.

11. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Nothing about being a sheep...we replace text message with much more feature at better price...its not loke we paid crazy amount...i use it for more than three years and i still have to pay for whatsapp as validity always extend...

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