WhatsApp to Add Voice Calling in Q2 2014

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum has announced at Mobile World Congress 2014 that the company will add voice calling to its popular messaging platform in Q2 2014, reports TechCrunch. The voice service will be added to iOS and Android first, with other platforms receiving the update at an unannounced future date.
    Koum also announced the popular cross-platform messaging service has grown to 465 million monthly active users and 330 million daily users, an increase of 15 million from the statistics released last December. The company recently was acquired by Facebook in a deal worth up to $19 billion, including $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook stock and an additional $3 billion in employee restricted stock units.

    Little will change for WhatsApp users following the Facebook acquisition. Koum assured users the service will remain autonomous and operate independently of Facebook. It also won't change its "no marketing, no ads" strategy and will continue to remain reasonably priced with a $0.99 annual fee after the first free year.

    Article Link: WhatsApp to Add Voice Calling in Q2 2014
  2. AppleP59 macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2014

    Why not go straight to video chat. And take out FaceTime
  3. khfoong macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2014
    facetime is good..

    whatsapp aims to be simple...
    the enemy is TELCOS... charging us airtime..

    Kills the telcos..
  4. Serelus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    Gotta compete with Telegram, people rapidly deleting accounts at the speed facebook isn't liking. QUICK tell everyone we're adding call support.
  5. HishamAkhtar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2011
    Possibly bandwith issues?
  6. yoz-y macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hm, I installed Telegram and asked around if people were interested. Nope, everybody uses Facebook Messenger or plain SMS, in France that is.
  7. Rushli0n macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2012
    Will this mean that devices like iPod Touches will finally be allowed to use this app?
  8. Parasprite macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    Because the company was acquired by Facebook, not Apple.
  9. Chazz08 macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2012
    I live where EVERYONE uses Whatsapp. The outage the other day made some people start downloading it. It's nice and simple to use, although I'm sure the servers are overloaded now with the mass downloads. It's free though, with no future plans of charging money. Right now, everyone here had whatsapp for free for years, but now that they are going to start charging, I'm interested to see what happens. Most people here don't have cards attached to their accounts, so they wouldn't be able to pay for it.
  10. Serelus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    I live in the netherlands, people aren't to happy with Facebooks purchase.

    And when I first joined already 10 people were on telegram

    Honestly I just want the 16 billion they spend to go to waiste. Around here everyone uses it aswell, but people didn't have problems at all switching to an alternative aswell, alot of people now use both.
  11. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    make a mac/windows version already .... like viber and telegram
  12. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    Next logical step!

    Hopefully they make a desktop app (and non iPhone app e.g. iPod and iPad) so we can have true cross compatibility. But voice is very nice!
  13. seecoolguy macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2007
    But now in the states plans give you unlimited minutes but limit your data? Unless your on wifi how do you kill the telcos?
  14. B4U macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2012
    Doesn't matter. Already removed due to failbookphobia.
  15. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    So, if I do a simple math, I get a potential $465 million income per year for Whatsapp. At that rate it will take 38 years to break even on the investment Facebook made. I can only guess that there is something else going on here that they are investing in. Maybe they will have an additional charge for the voice or something? But if they stay with no ads and only charge 99 cents per year, I do not see the $19,000,000,000.00 investment making any sense.
  16. LordQ macrumors 68040


    Sep 22, 2012
    So Zuckerberg can hear me now as well? No, thanks. Already moved to Telegram (and iMessage with my friends with iPhone).
  17. everything-i macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Lets face it Facebook is haemorrhaging users at the moment and they needed something to up their user base. I can't see this making any real difference as most young people now see Facebook as something to avoid and its only a matter of time before this starts to be noticeable. WhatsApp has a lot of competitors so I don't see their user base staying too stable either now they are part of FB.
  18. seble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    I just don't get how a service can claim to be free and not use Ads and provide a service for free? Like how does it get its money? Selling my messages? Always weary of apps like that.
  19. chriscrk macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2011
    I don't see why this would make them make it available on the iPod touch. Your whatsapp account is activated by phone number, iPod touch doesn't have a phone number, so....
  20. ugcop macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA
    It is easy enough to get around the restriction by using your Google number.
  21. Karma*Police macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2012
    Apple should just open up FaceTime and iMessage and try to make it the defacto standard. It's a slight inconvenience for non-iPhone users cos they'll have to download it and Apple can force ads on them while iPhone users get to communicate with *everyone* simply and elegantly just as they do today with other iPhone users.
  22. osaga macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    So Whatsapp became so popular because people needed an IP text messaging service for Android, because they were limited to a certain number of free SMS messages, and because sending photos on sms was unreliable/not possible.

    Is that correct? Why didn't Android ship with an iMessages like app built in? What would happen to Whatsapp if they started charging for the service and Google provided a free IP based messaging app? Someone educate me.
  23. eXan, Feb 24, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014

    eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Idk about that scenario, but my circle started usштп Whatsapp because it was a way to avoid sms charges, and allowed quick and reliable way to share photos and videos. Russia, btw, and none I know use Android.
  24. wowotoe macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    WhatsApp is kind of outdated in Asia. Everyone is now using LINE or WeChat. Both have voice & video calling. And LINE is already 100x profitable than WhatsApp on selling emoticons.
  25. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    With the icon I assumed it already had it. Apparently not.

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