>WhatsApp founder Jan Koum announced Monday that the company is dropping the service’s annual subscription fee in an effort to remove the barriers some users faced in using the service.
>“It really doesn’t work that well,” Koum said Monday, speaking at the DLD conference in Munich. He noted that while a buck a year might not sound like much, access to credit cards is not ubiquitous. “We just don’t want people to think at some point their communication to the world will be cut off.”
>Until now WhatsApp has been free for the first year and 99 cents for additional years. (It will stop charging subscription fees immediately but it will likely be a few weeks to fully take the payments infrastructure out of all versions of the app. And, in case you are wondering, you won’t be able to get back your buck if you have already paid for this year.)
>Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today’s announcement means we’re introducing third-party ads. The answer is no. Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from. That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today – through text messages and phone calls – so we want to test new tools to make this easier to do on WhatsApp, while still giving you an experience without third-party ads and spam.
>This strategy might sounds familiar. It’s the same idea behind Facebook Messenger, the company’s other standalone messaging service.
Still want to be in that botnet, Whatsapp goyim?
Bonus Degeneracy: The author of this article is a Jewish man who "transitioned" into being a "female". Yes, an actual Jewish tranny wrote this.
>the company is dropping the service’s annual subscription fee
Did anyone ever pay for it? I always got those "WE WILL START CHARGING YOU SOON" messages, but never actually paid a dime.
Also I can't leave the botnet because it's my main form of communication with friends/family. I won't go preaching Telegram to them either.
>Yes, an actual Jewish tranny wrote this.
Pol was right?
So my ISP will tell me shit through whatsapp instead of using the old regular text messages?
What's exactly wrong about this? If anyone has my number, I can be contacted through whatsapp. I can block them, of course, but that never stopped any business before.
>tfw everyone in my country uses whatsapp
>want to switch to signal
>ask fellow CS friend to try it out with me for a while
>"nah I'm not gonna install another app just to chat with you"
Retards that want my money?
So wait a minute, should my internet connection be free? My bills and such? Should I never pay taxes, even?
Or are you just suggesting that it would be better to be able to take advantage of "lol didn't read" in case you have committed fraud at some point?
Hell at this point, if they did what this guy >>52489630 suggests, why couldn't they just do it before with your phone number? How do these companies not have your contact info?
in NL you can contact webshops through Whatsapp with customer service questions.
I've done it a few times and it's definitely better than calling/mail, also always had an answer within 15 minutes, and an active conversation when was necessary.
I paid for a 5 years subscription like 2 years ago. I can't understand who doesn't pay for a service like this, is .90€ a year and 3.5€ for 5 years, if I want to have a breakfast in a cafe I spend more
Yeah, same here.
My point is, by reading this:
>we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from
>that you want to hear from
It's obvious it's not just giving access to random companies out the butt. But what this would allow is precisely what already exists for some webshops like you mentioned.
It just sounds weird to see people react like "oh no, companies are now going to sell my phone number" because of this. Not to mention whatsapp is not an application you are forced to install on your device in order for your service providers to contact you.
Media messages are stored in plain text on the servers, and there's no end-to-end encryption which you can verify the identity of the people you talk to yourself. WhatsApp is pseudo security.
Proper ephemeral end-to-end encryption, Google's got nothing on you.
Instant messaging applications are not botnets. A botnet is a client/server model with malicious intent. Clients get infected, typically without consent of the owner or him being aware thereof, which are called zombies and in turn infect other machines while awaiting commands from the command & control server.
This is fundamentally different from you choosing an instant messaging application, because you *chose* it, and not something else you're infected by. Saying X is botnet is just another meme you fell for here. Id est, you should've fucking known better.
>Instant messaging applications are not botnets. A botnet is a client/server model with malicious intent. Clients get infected, typically without consent of the owner or him being aware thereof, which are called zombies and in turn infect other machines while awaiting commands from the command & control server.
>removing barriers for some users
Wouldn't be an issue if the money could be deducted directly from your carrier balance, something that has been done in several other plataforms for several years now.
>like facebook messenger does
Except facebook messenger allows you to use any bogus phone number that you want unlike whatsapp that is required to use the correct one.
Also why are idiots here insisting that on iOS it's paid? I've had the subscription end and wasn't charged on anything.
>been using WhatsApp since 2010
>never paid a dime
>keep hearing people bitch and moan and sharing shit on FB about WhatsApp charging
Is this a meme? WhatsApp has never asked me for money nor have I given any money to them.