WhatsApp - now free

18 January 2016

whatsapp Lots of people use WhatsApp (nearly a billion according to the people behind the app), yet, some people don't and have been put off by having to pay for it.

Well, that'll be changing as the folks at WhatsApp have said it'll be free.

They say: "We're happy to announce that WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we've asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we've grown, we've found that this approach hasn't worked well."

"Many WhatsApp users don't have a debit or credit card number and they worried they'd lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we'll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service."

"Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today's announcement means we're introducing third-party ads. The answer is no. Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from."

"That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today – through text messages and phone calls – so we want to test new tools to make this easier to do on WhatsApp, while still giving you an experience without third-party ads and spam."

So, there you go. It'll now be free... but it might start pestering you too. Thankfully, there's alternatives to WhatsApp, if it ends up doing your head in.

TOPICS:   Mobile

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