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

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.

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source: Engadget

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11 Comments

1. GMS85

Posts: 216; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

BBM ALL THE WAY!

3. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

6. GMS85

Posts: 216; Member since: Sep 26, 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!

11. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

2. Takeharu

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

4. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

8. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 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

10. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

9. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 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

5. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

7. antifanboy14

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

i used to wonder the same thing

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