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Free voice calls coming to WhatsApp on iOS and Android by mid-2014

By Jos · 12 replies
Feb 24, 2014
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  1. WhatsApp has purposely kept its messaging client focused on core features since launching in 2009. While some of its rivals have found success in adding stuff like stickers and games, a note taped on CEO Jason Koum's desk that reads...

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,259   +879

    Please pretty please make it possible to send and receive messages from a computer! For example... from facebook! :D
  3. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,366   +67

    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014
  4. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    Think about this 450 Million users at $1 per year is $450 Million Dollars per year.
  5. WhatsApp developers are fooling themselves if the personal information of users will remain private, if the deal goes through with Facebook. Facebook does not have the integrity protect privacy of users. Passed lapses and arbitrary changes to privacy policy has exposed Facebook users private data to scrutiny by anyone as in many cases it has been made public by the privacy policy changes.

    Furthermore, Facebook needs to monetize the $19Billion they have offered to purchase WhatsApp.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,259   +879

    Most people? I know no one that has unlimited voice calls, although I know a lot of people who have unlimited bandwidth, like me.
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,259   +879

    Yes... cause server maintainance is free!
  8. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,366   +67

    @Kibaruk My bother has Tmobile and he has unlimited voice for $50. All of Tmobile has unlimited voice. I thought verizon and att have such plans too.
  9. BosPatrollie

    BosPatrollie TS Member

    ROFLMAO!!!!! Now everyone in the office thinks I am mad ... burst out laughing just now!

    Back to the topic at hand ... it would be GREAT if they can incorporate free voice calls ... though I expect it to be limited in number and length ... but would still be worthwhile.
  10. waqasr

    waqasr TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Guys the voice calling is an attractive offer for people who have friends & families in different regions of the world. International calling is very expensive that is why most people rely on skype/Viber/etc. WhatApp is kind of behind in features since Viber/Line/Others had this for some time now.

    "Although rivals including Viber, Line, BBM and other have been offering free voice calls for a while, the company feels confident their solution will be the best out there. "We use the least amount of bandwidth and optimize the hell out of it,” "

    I hope that is true but to be honest with you I have even used voice calling (msn messenger) on dial up in 2002 (USA to ASIA) and it worked pretty well (unfortunately broadband was not available in my area at that time).
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,259   +879

    Good for you 'murican, for the rest of us in the world unlimited voice plans are quite expensive and in my case data plans are cheaper so this is great news for those who not reside in the "world".

    Good to get a laugh from time to time :p

    Why would it be limited in number and length? They would be out of your connection, not theirs they just make the link between two accounts.
  12. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,366   +67

    @Kibaruk Ah, but we in north america have shitty internet plans. Try $70 a month for comcast 1 meg download speeds at night. I have att uverse and that was difficult to install, or pay the piper att to install it (with ooma internet land line). And it took them 8 days to connect 2 wires to the junction box. Often thought of moving to Chile. Even know a little español. Another little secret att is going to do that I figured out because there are landline jacks on the uverse gateway and they verified it is they are going to replace all landlines with uverse internet lines by 2020.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2014
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,259   +879

    Well then you just keep talking over the line instead of the internet, for you this change doesn't apply since you don't need it, for the rest of us who have better data than voice plans this is better

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