Yesterday, January 18, Whatsapp posted something truly incredible. Whatsapp is no longer charging suscription fees after your one year trial has ended. After Whatsapp’s refusal to use third-party ads to finance their future developments, Whatsapp had originally tried out the suscription approach but found that it was too stressing and a lengthy process especially if you do not have a credit or debit card.
According to Android Authority, Whatsapp founder Jan Koum stated “We just don’t want people to think at some point their communication to the world will be cut off”.” Koum knows how much Whatsapp means to everyday users and is not allowing any attempts of monetary gain to disrupt the delicate community of Whatsapp users.
Even though Whatsapp has ditched the suscription fees, it is not welcoming those annoying ad blocks anytime soon so you relax and will continue to provide an ad-free app for it’s 1 billion users worldwide.
On Whatsapp’s official blog, it says “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.”. Whatsapp might be teaming up with various companies to keep their service running and let them help build Whatsapp even more by making it your primary source of messages.
Whatsapp is available on PC, Android, IOS, Blackberry and even Nokia Symbian making it one of the most popular apps across all the app markets and the most support for different operating systems. After the discontinued support for Symbian by Nokia, Whatsapp still supports their app on the device giving Symbian users hope and a use for their device but we are not sure if the Nokia version will get the no suscription fee update.
The post said “worried they’d lose access to their friends and family after their first year.”. I myself am a Whatsapp user and this is still my first year using Whatsapp but my Whatsapp expires in July 2016. This was originally a problem but the newest updates might save the day and let me keep my Whatsapp contacts. I can’t wait for this update but at the same time, I wonder how will Whatsapp earn revenue.