WhatsApp will be Free and will RemainWithout Ads
WhatsApp usually charge $0.99 annually after 1 year free subscription from its customer for using the service. However WhatsApp was continuously renewing and extended the subscription for 1 additional year for Indian users, still there was fear that they will charge after completion of 1 year.
WhatsApp has now announced that there will be no subscription charge for using the instant messaging app WhatsApp. Further they have also confirmed that there is no plan about addition of advertisement in the app to compensate with the loss due to removal of subscription fees. Indian users were exempted from paying the subscription fee after one year but users globally had to pay $0.99 annually to use the app on their smartphone or tablets.
Revealing about its future plans, Whatsapp said that it will start testing tools for some additional services like using the service for communicating with business and organizations such as banks to know about the recent transactions, to chat with customer service of different service providers, or chat with airline officials to know about the flight details like delayed flight timings and other information.
WhatsApp keeps on introducing new features for their 900 million customers. Latest features added in the app were Additions of new emojis, Users can Star the important messages, Backup the chat to Google Drive and the Voice calling feature. There could be addition of video calling feature in the app in coming future.
Speaking about the move, WhatsApp said, “For many years, we’ve asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we’ve grown, we’ve found that this approach hasn’t worked well. Many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card number and they worried they’d lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we’ll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.”