To me, by far WhatsApp is the best messaging service. This news even makes it better!
Whatsapp founder Jan Koum has announced that the immensely popular messaging app will be dropping its $0.99 yearly subscription fee in the coming weeks. Koum made the announcement at the DLD conference in Germany today.
He noted that while a dollar a year may not sound like a lot, requiring a credit card to pay the fee can prove to be a barrier to some people – especially those in developing countries.
“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,” Koum said.
Previously, WhatsApp had been free for the first year of use, with the $0.99 charged for every subsequent year of subscription. Those who downloaded the app before 2013 were charged a one-off fee and given free use for life. Going forward, the app won’t cost anything, but it’s been pointed out that anyone who has already paid their money for the year won’t be getting it back.