WhatsApp says it now has 600 million active users

WhatsApp says it now has 600 million active users
In the battle of instant messaging apps, everyone is chasing WhatsApp. There is good reason why Facebook decided that WhatsApp was worth $19 billion. Today, WhatsApp CEO and founder Jan Koum sent out a tweet to remind us all why WhatsApp is so valuable: it now has 600 million active monthly users.

The last time we heard from Koum was back in April, when WhatsApp hit the 500 million active users. For comparison, around the same time, Facebook announced 200 million active monthly users of its Messenger app. So, at this point, Facebook must have well over 800 million total active users in its messaging world (and another 200+ million in Instagram). The next biggest messaging app is WeChat with 438 million active monthly users. WeChat is huge in China, but not as big around the world. Beyond that is Line, which announced 400 million active monthly users as of April, and recently set its sights on the U.S.

Of course, as big as WhatsApp is, and as many photos are shared with the service every day (which is also a huge number), Facebook will likely be looking for some more in terms of revenue. WhatsApp's only source of revenue is its $1 per year subscription fee. Meanwhile, competitors like Line are raking in huge profits through in-app purchases of stickers and themes, and a stable of games. 

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6 Comments

1. Busyboy unregistered

1$x600M=$600m. And PA says "only source of revenue is its $1 per year subscription fee."

3. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i think there much more than what we can see....first of all not all 600 million users are paying 1$....whatsapp is free for one year and sometimes more(mine is free for 2 years)....even if all users start paying the money even then it will take Facebook close to 30 years to recover the amount they bought whatsapp for....the users are not main source of income but there data is ....the total user data is worth billions to the agencies like NSA.....

4. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Agree.

5. mrochester

Posts: 985; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

And there are many of us who have a lifetime complimentary membership too.

2. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

How about that dirtbag update his app every now and then? It's filled with bugs and still no stickers nor free calls.

6. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

according to PA, 200m(messenger)+600m(whtsapp)=800m user base of Facebook inc. leaving out 200m instagram, what PA is not considering is that most of the users will be common to FB,whatsapp and instagram.

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