WhatsApp is now free and ads-free too: Update
Top messaging service, WhatsApp has said it will not charge money from users anymore. The company has also said that those people who were expected to pay for using the messaging app will not have to pay anymore. Nonetheless it may charge businesses for using the services.
While WhatsApp was largely free for most users, there were some people who were being charged Rs $1. But now Chief Executive Jan Koum says that even this marginal fee was being done away with.
Jan Koum further said the messaging giant that was acquired by Facebook a few years ago for $19 billion will be improving privacy. He said that it will offer complete encryption of messages that will ensure the privacy of user conversations.
But the complete encryption of messaging is going to give tough time to many governments. United States, Britain and many other governments suggest that increased encryption on services such as WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage, badly affect their ability to monitor criminal suspects or thwart militant plots and have threatened to pass new laws to block these changes.
While making things clear WhatsApp CEO said, “We are a couple of months away from calling it done”. He went on to add that once completed, WhatsApp will represent the world’s largest service offering completely private messaging. “Soon we will be able to talk more about this,” he said. Once fully introduced, WhatsApp will be the largest encrypted communications service in the world, he noted.
As of September last year the messaging service had more than 900 million users and it is expected to cross 1 billion user mark soon. Koum further said, “Today, we are announcing that WhatsApp is going to be free to users. We aren’t going to charge a dollar a year anymoreâ€.