There are no doubts that WhatsApp is currently one of the most popular softwares in the world.
It dominates the text messaging industry and ensures a top notch connection between people from any parts of the world. It is free and easy to use, but it also clears the necessity to spend money on actual text messages. All in all, the program has been through a few changes over the past year. 2014 is said to be just as rich in updates. A lot of people have been asking themselves what the next step might be after the successful application was acquired by Facebook. Facebook paid $16 billion for it.
However, the answer came up pretty quickly – free voice calls. WhatsApp Plus and Free Voice Calls are the upcoming changes that will boost the instant messaging application. The announcement was made in February, during a Mobile World Congress conference. As if all these were not enough, the voice calls will target both Android and iOS users. BlackBerry and Nokia users are not left behind either, but the implementations will be added later on. After all, iOS and Android are currently the main players on this market.
Current facts & upcoming plans for WhatsApp
WhatsApp has also announced that its user count is slowly reaching to half a billion, not to mention about having over 330 million users on a daily basis. In other words, the network has gained extra popularity since it was purchased by Facebook. A few other changes have occurred since then, mostly in the text messaging features and convenience. Other than that, the new free voice calls are very likely to boost it some more. Hundreds of millions of people have saved millions due to the cheap messaging system. When you count the phone calls as well, communication becomes free. However, the application will probably optimize and limit the data usage in phone calls in a very appropriate manner. This way, the users’ expenses are successfully kept under control too.
There are no official announcements regarding the upcoming voice calls. WhatsApp has only announced that they will kick in sooner or later. When it comes to the costs, they are irrelevant. Most specialists claim on free voice calls, but no one knows precisely. Perhaps they are free for a week, a month or a year. The same goes for messaging. It is perfectly free within the application. Later on, you will have to pay a yearly subscription, which costs less than a hot dog anyway. It is a little hard to believe that voice calls will fail under such circumstances too, but you never know. If you think about it, WhatsApp has never really tried to make any money and go rich with its services. Instead, it has always aimed to make its users happy. From this point of view, WhatsApp Plus and Free Voice Calls are very likely to become reality.
The struggle coming from the competition
While Facebook and WhatsApp did manage to come up with some partnerships around Europe, it looks like the big players see this implementation as a very threatening change. After all, when you have to pay almost nothing for unlimited calls, why would you pay fifty times more for a regular phone subscription? It seems that the European Parliament is now analysing a few challenges and reports coming from large telecom operators against WhatsApp. However, one thing is for sure – this is a technological age. Regulations are no longer useful, while large corporations are about to be overcome by the power of the masses. WhatsApp is part of these masses.