WhatsApp Denies Report of Talks Regarding Acquisition by Google

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    WhatsApp business development head Neeraj Arora has told AllThingsD that an earlier report claiming Google was on the verge of acquiring the company for $1 billion is not true. WhatsApp is the company behind the popular iOS app WhatsApp Messenger.
    Arora declined to comment further, but AllThingsD does note that WhatsApp has been the subject of sales rumors before, having been linked to Facebook in December. At the time, WhatsApp said that those reports were "not factually accurate."

    WhatsApp Messenger has consistently been one of the top paid apps in the App Store in many countries around the world and is currently the #1 paid app in the U.S. store. It is one of the many messaging services, including Apple's own iMessage, available on iOS and other platforms that smartphone users have turned to in order to avoid carriers' SMS charges.

    Recently, WhatsApp announced that it will be moving to a subscription model for the iOS version of its app by the end of this year. The model would likely be similar to existing WhatsApp pricing for other platforms, which would make the app free for the first year and then $0.99 per year beyond the initial free period.

    Article Link: WhatsApp Denies Report of Talks Regarding Acquisition by Google
  2. BvizioN macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
  3. carl0sian macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2011
    if there was a way to link whatsapp to my cellphone number...that would sell me on the app. so far, i don't even use it.....why use it when you have iMessage?
  4. roxxette macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    But whatsapp links to your phone number :confused: ; why use it ? the major selling point is cross-plataform.
  5. adder7712 macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2009
    But I thought your phone number is your WhatsApp account. :confused:
  6. coolfactor macrumors 68020

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    I suspect you had trouble setting up once and arrived at the wrong conclusion? Your phone number is required to set up WhatsApp. No way around that.
  7. jav6454 macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Your phone # is required to be linked to your app for the entire concept to work.
  8. spicynujac macrumors regular

    May 24, 2012
    This app requires a phone number (and therefore won't work with iPod touch, iPad, etc) which is a silly anachronism. IMessage is superior to anything I've seen, but not everyone has apple devices :) there is a need for a good messenger to message non-apple smartphone users.
  9. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    There are SO MANY other great alternatives such as Facebook Messenger, Viber etc...

    Of course, iMessage would be the best option for most of us ;)

    So goodbye Whatsapp :)
  10. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    Apple state
    Saying the brand name sounds like you're a European trying to say "what's up?" only that it comes out with a thick accent :p

    Hay, what's app deuddeh??
  11. komodrone macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    weird, why would you deny a rumor like that? what if some other big company like samsung is looking to buy you. wouldn't you want that rumor to be true to drive up the price?
  12. clunkmess macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2011
    I bought this just now Just in case I may need it down the line.

    iMessage meets all my needs right now though.
  13. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    Samsung has its own messaging service
  14. Freyqq macrumors 68040

    Dec 13, 2004
    it would be a temporary gain, and when it doesn't sell in a reasonable amount of time, it'll just plummet.
  15. ijohn.8.80 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2012
    Adelaide, Oztwaylya.
    How would it be if from way out of left field they got bought out by Apple?! Bam! Turn it into iMessage for all platforms. Market cornered. :cool:
  16. macs4nw macrumors 68040


    It's definitely a distinct possibility that it's indeed APPLE trying to do the acquiring here, who knows.....
    Denial is always standard procedure, you know.
  17. frozzbite macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2011
    i was really hoping google would buy them out. Whatsapp has been really stagnant. No desktop app, no tablet apps. Not even more functions such as multiple photo selection in their apps.

    They deserve to be bought out
  18. Jayomat macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2009
    It is :)
  19. Moccasin macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2011
    Newcastle, UK
    They may of course be denying that its being sold for $1 bn dollars. It could be that they are selling to Google, just for a different amount.

    I may have been watching too much Yes Prime Minister recently; they used semantics like that rather often and to good comic effect.

    The other mantra in YPM was not to believe anything until its officially denied...
  20. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    Well, the statement doesn't leaves much to semantics

  21. JackieTreehorn macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2005
  22. chameleon81 macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2006
    Because not everyone has an iPhone in this world :confused:
  23. anotherarunan macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    London, United Kingdom (UK)
    The ignorance of so many Americans on the forum is astounding.

    For whatever reason - Whatsapp isnt popular in the US - but almost everywhere else across the WORLD especially in more developing nations - Whatsapp is almost on every single smartphone and is a primary method of digital communication.

    It is a fantastic app and can only get better hopefully. It does what it needs to do and does it very well. If it aint broke...
  24. Boomhowler macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2008
    Well, what's app and Google seem to have about the same notion about what user privacy is so it will probably be a good match :)

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