WhatsApp Denies Report of Talks Regarding Acquisition by Google

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    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."

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    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
     
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    I'd rather pay $0.99 without Google adds.
     
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    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?
     
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    But whatsapp links to your phone number :confused: ; why use it ? the major selling point is cross-plataform.
     
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    But I thought your phone number is your WhatsApp account. :confused:
     
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    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.
     
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    Your phone # is required to be linked to your app for the entire concept to work.
     
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    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.
     
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    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 :)
     
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    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??
     
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    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?
     
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    I bought this just now Just in case I may need it down the line.

    iMessage meets all my needs right now though.
     
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    Samsung has its own messaging service
     
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    it would be a temporary gain, and when it doesn't sell in a reasonable amount of time, it'll just plummet.
     
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    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:
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    It is :)
     
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    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...
     
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    Well, the statement doesn't leaves much to semantics

     
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    Yawn....
     
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    So...what's up, Whatsapp?
     
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    Because not everyone has an iPhone in this world :confused:
     
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    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...
     
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    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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