WhatsApp now free for all users
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WhatsApp now free for all users

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Found 18th Jan 2016
Unless you were a older user, Whatsapp has always had a small charge of 79p.

That charge is now being removed (over the course of a few week) so that everyone can enjoy WhatsApp and still no third party ads!
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its 69p per year on android. I bulk paid until 2020. Are they going to refund me?
Slash

its 69p per year on android. I bulk paid until 2020. Are they going to … its 69p per year on android. I bulk paid until 2020. Are they going to refund me?



​lol
haha. refund.
never paid for years
I have a lifetime thing anyway but yay for people that had to pay
Think you will find that third party ads will creep in this is a bad move. I would rather pay and have it ad Free
Never paid, didn't even know they did charge
I have never paid either
Looks like US govt is going to pay for passing them all logs
When did the fee come in? I've never paid either
I've never had to pay, and I have WhatsApp on my iPhone
It will turn in to a Facebook style app and will probably be diluted and bloated. It may eventually be incorporated in to Facebook and be got rid of eventually.
iphone didn't have to pay. But Android has to I think. I paid for a few years so my lost.
Never paid for whatsapp and using it for free for more than 2 years on my iPhone
ditch WhatsApp, use Telegram... telegram.org/
I've never paid, Help I got a 'work from home' appear on mine this morning listing a load of mobile numbers took 3 goes to spam and delete it to stop it.
hmm They better not integrate into facebook and then tell us its free so stop complaining!!! I paid £2.50 for 5 years service and i damn well want them facebook free.
spencer24

Think you will find that third party ads will creep in this is a bad … Think you will find that third party ads will creep in this is a bad move. I would rather pay and have it ad Free




On their blog, they said the would NOT put in ads

Slash

iphone didn't have to pay. But Android has to I think. I paid for a few … iphone didn't have to pay. But Android has to I think. I paid for a few years so my lost.


never paid for it on android, 4 different phones
"Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organisations that you want to hear from."

So rather than third party ads they are probably looking at ways to get businesses to pay for services and communication channels it will provide them with.

Quite a clever move really - most people found a way round the annual charge anyway, and the move might reduce any chance of customers ebbing away onto arguably technically better alternatives (such as Telegram, mentioned above).
Never paid for calls????......
alpha_juliet

ditch WhatsApp, use Telegram... https://telegram.org/


ditch Telegram, use Signal Private Messenger play.google.com/sto…sms , which unlike Telegram is Open Source enabling anyone to verify its security by auditing the code
alpha_juliet

ditch WhatsApp, use Telegram... https://telegram.org/



​why is telegram better please?
worz

​why is telegram better please?



Click here to find out



Edited by: "wakaru" 18th Jan 2016
Lots of people saying they didn't pay for xyz reason. For clarity, and as I understand it, this is because:

1) Early adopters were given lifetime free membership for being users before the app went mainstream
2) Your first year is free

I hope they don't change it. It does everything I want it to do. There is nothing more I want it to do (except maybe video calling).

Mine was designated as free for life, but I'd happily start paying if it meant not having yet another part of my life commercialised.
MarioMan

On their blog, they said the would NOT put in ads


Oh that's fine then. I've never known corporate entities to go back on their word. Altruistic entities driven solely by principles and goodness to society.
Trying to get friends and family on the Signal bandwagon: whispersystems.org/
Interesting development... I daresay people should start thinking about the content of their conversations on whatapp from now on...
This is great but how do they actually make money or cover the costs of staff and servers?
Slash

its 69p per year on android. I bulk paid until 2020. Are they going to … its 69p per year on android. I bulk paid until 2020. Are they going to refund me?



Bulk paid?! Hahaha LMAO
h41d3r96

This is great but how do they actually make money or cover the costs of … This is great but how do they actually make money or cover the costs of staff and servers?



Facebook pay them!
thats dangerous move, free is never free, I have serious reservations I guess time to say good bye
Slash

iphone didn't have to pay. But Android has to I think. I paid for a few … iphone didn't have to pay. But Android has to I think. I paid for a few years so my lost.



Your mixing it up a little?, lol.

Android used to be ALWAYS FREE!.

Sybian stated a FEE of 69p, but was never implemented.

iOS had a then 'One-Off' FEE of 69p.

I think Windows Phone users from back in the day had to PAY the 69p too?, though I'm not 100% sure?.

Then EVERYONE had to pay soon after regardless ..... :-(

About time this became FREE again, huh?, lol. :-)
Telegram may be 'better' ( I havent used it yet), but at the end of the day, when you want to message your friends and theyre all already on WhatsApp, its a tall order to get them all to switch and also, like me, most dont like having several apps that all do the same thing but separately. Already have Hangouts, FB Messenger and whatsapp really dont need another.
I use WhatsApp regularly, it suits my needs and I would be happy to pay, say £1 a year if it remained the same as it is now.,
damn, its the only thing I used to spent my google credit on. what will I spend all that free money on now lol
amour3k

Your mixing it up a little?, lol.Android used to be ALWAYS FREE!.Sybian … Your mixing it up a little?, lol.Android used to be ALWAYS FREE!.Sybian stated a FEE of 69p, but was never implemented.iOS had a then 'One-Off' FEE of 69p.I think Windows Phone users from back in the day had to PAY the 69p too?, though I'm not 100% sure?.Then EVERYONE had to pay soon after regardless ..... :-(About time this became FREE again, huh?, lol. :-)


to add to that, IOS used to have a lot of free promos for whatsapp. its when I first got it and most of my contacts got it during the free promos. those initial users had free for life.
I lost my free membership because I changed numbers during their subscription service launch. unfortunately, there was no way to carry your subscription over to a new number back then.
MarioMan

On their blog, they said the would NOT put in ads



Several sites etc that have ads now start out stating that. Then "market conditions change" and "we're sorry buuuuut...." (_;)
Slash

iphone didn't have to pay. But Android has to I think. I paid for a few … iphone didn't have to pay. But Android has to I think. I paid for a few years so my lost.



They both used to charge years ago. I think it was before Facebook purchased them and then it seemed to be yearly charged. Gladly I got it back then, and have lifetime. Good to see it is free for all, finally.
I never paid for it, since it first was available. Whenever they said "expired" I'd un-install the app, wait for a few days, and re-install. This way, they'd reset my free period for x amount of months. Now that it's going to be free makes no difference to me.
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