Whatsapp is known to charge $0.99 annually for their service after the first year which is free.
In some weeks from now, Whatsapp will no longer charge user for their services making it a free messaging app. This is because some of the users don’t have the required means of payment. According to them, 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.
However, it is still not clear how they plan to go about that. But one thing is certain , they wont’t be pushing ads into the application.
Below is an excerpt from their Blog:
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.
Now I wonder what would happen to my subcription cos I still have more than 4 years remaining. And i know there are lots of subscribers out there with something more.
For those thinking of registering with another number after your first year, you don’t need to worry anymore. WhatsApp is now free ladies and gentlemen.