WhatsApp, one of the most inportant applications in the world, especially when it comes to internet messaging. The application is compatible with all the platforms of the world. It is free to download and use, but after the first year of usage, it is mandatory that you pay. And when it comes to payment, many people have had different views about the same.
Of late, a new piece of news has emerged over the internet, something that is really tough to believe at this point. The news around the world states that WhatsApp might drop subscription charges completely. The app currently charges users about $0.99 per year from the second year of usage and dropping charges would mean that WhatsApp might completely cost us nothing at all to use.
According to Wall Street Journal, the founder of the application, Jan Koum, has stated that the application will now no longer charge the users for the services it provides. This was declared at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich, Germany, where he addressed people and explained the vision of the company and of Facebook in bringing the world together. He mentioned that Zuckerberg wanted WhatsApp to generate revenue for him till they had reached a billion number of users. This has now been completed.
The company might actually want to do this, because they realise that in the developing countries not many might have access to credit card to make payments. These people eventually quit WhatsApp after a payment has been asked as they are unable to pay.
WhatsApp has started inching towards this right from the time the company had started the paid services. The users would generally get about 3 to 4 months of extension but the payment was not accepted at this point. It was probably this that marked the beginning of the era of a completely free WhatssApp, free of payment ties.