WhatsApp for iOS moves to subscription model

By Shawn Knight
Jul 17, 2013
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  1. WhatsApp’s first update of the year has arrived, delivering a number of changes as well as a new business model for iOS users. The one-time fee associated with WhatsApp for iOS is being replaced with a subscription model in an...

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,889   +645

    To be honest, I can see this change having a negative affect for WhatsApp, they will have less users now they've essentially become a yearly bill. A bill, even though small, is still pretty annoying for just a text messaging service, here in the UK at least, most mobile contracts come with unlimited texts and with the rise of iMessage as well for iPhone users, this seems to be a ripe time for BlackBerry to swoop in and release their Instant Messenger for iOS and Android.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Eh, I think the one time fee for a low tech (outdated look) messaging app is enough.
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,028   +612

    Those who don't understand the relevancy of Whatsapp is likely because in your area/country the service is just another messaging service with barely enough traction -- like Viber and few others.

    Like with social networks, you want to use the service where you will find your friends. Whatsapp is being widely used on certain countries where it's replaced BBM as the de facto 'free' messaging platform, and because it's OS agnostic, it's got the upperhand over iMessage and other OS/manufacturer specific solutions.
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  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I never use Whatsapp because I have unlimited texting. I have cousins who live in Dubai and are currently visiting me in NY. They asked me if I use Whatsapp because they dont have unlimited messaging in Dubai and Whatsapp is the more value oriented option. If you have unlimited texting, Whatsapp is fairly useless.
  6. backo

    backo TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +8

    I've been using WhatsApp for 1y and 3m now. My free year was about to expire in April '13 and for some reason they gave me another free year - it was a nice surprise.
    WhatsApp is my main messaging app. I use it on Android and it looks much better than the iOS version.
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    You dont have to pay the yearly subscription...
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,028   +612

    Case in point, it doesn't matter what you have, it's what everybody needs to have to share together (free messaging). And of course, then there's the convenience of groups, sending photos/movies, etc.
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    True, but iMessage takes care of that xD.

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