In Shannon Lang’s review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 last month he mentioned one of his favourite applications is ‘WhatsApp‘. Are you aware that this App is available for most smartphones providing you with FREE SMS between others that also have the App? No more worrying about keeping to your SMS limit or additional costs in having an SMS allowance, here’s how awesome this App is and how it works…….
WhatsApp is gaining popularity in the U.S. but practically everyone uses WhatsApp in several other countries. Here’s some info from WhatsApp’s site;
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.
In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.
The Wall Street Journal reported recently that WhatsApp‘s monthly users have surpassed 250 Million. The free messaging platform only uses data to send and receive messages without SMS charges. It’s worldwide popularity has skyrocketed since its release back in 2009. Now, hard numbers prove that WhatsApp is not only here to stay, but is muscling into territory held by giants like Twitter and Skype.
From the WSJ piece
WhatsApp tells The Wall Street Journal it has more than 250 million monthly active users, the first time it has revealed a rough number of users for its popular smartphone messaging app.
The figure is impressive for a company that launched its app just four years ago and that spends no money marketing itself. It makes WhatsApp one of the largest messaging platforms and possibly bigger than Twitter, which in December announced it had eclipsed 200 million monthly active users. Microsoft MSFT -3.18%in October said its video-chat service Skype had 280 million monthly active users.
Wade Keye from IntoMobile commented that “I use this app daily, and haven’t gone over my SMS limit since (something that used to be a major problem). WhatsApp can only be used to message with people who already use the app. So it required a little politicking with the folks I text most. Now they’re hooked and we can all chat away without fear of overages.
I spent some time recently in Guadalajara, Mexico and was amazed by how prevalent Whatsapp use was there. Everyone used it instead of SMS, and the app came pre loaded on new smartphones.”
Download your free copy of WhatsApp and let us know how you find it? It is something that could replace traditional SMS forever?