WhatsApp – Forget SMS Fees With A Quick, Free Download
Recently, a popular mobile app called ‘WhatsApp’ has been getting a lot of recognition in the media, both in the U.S. and abroad.
But, what is it exactly? WhatsApp is a free download that allows users to SMS text message other WhatsApp users completely free of charge, thus avoiding traditional SMS charges associated with mobile phone carriers.
So, how does it work? WhatsApp is first downloaded from the app store and onto your mobile smartphone. The application is available on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia. Once it has been downloaded, free of charge, the application used the same internet data that you use to check email and browse the web to send instant messages to friends! In addition to traditional messages, WhatsApp also allows its users to send unlimited video, picture, and multi-media messages. All of this is available to users without having to pay a dime.
This application also offers innovative ‘Voice Messaging’, which allows users to speak their message while the app is recording. Once the message is finished, the application delivers the spoken message to the recipient. This feature is great for one-handed messaging during times when typing out a text message is simply not feasible.
Finding and installing the free download of WhatsApp is easy! The application is available in the app store for all of the above-listed mobile phones. Simply install the app to get started. Once the app is installed, all friends in your contact list who already use WhatsApp should appear in your ‘Favorites’ list within the app. If they don’t, or if a friend downloads the app later, they can be manually entered into your favorites list.
This application also offers another innovative feature called ‘Broadcast’. This feature allows users to send a mass message to many different contacts, without revealing the recipients to one another. Essentially, it works a bit like sending a bcc email. Users can even set lists of contacts that they would like to broadcast to regularly.
WhatsApp offers a very personalized experience for its users by allowing them to create a personal profile. This profile includes a photo, the user’s name, and a status that will let friends know what they are doing or if they are busy that day. This is a great way to let friends know that you cannot reply to sent messages or that you will be unavailable for an extended period of time.
While WhatsApp is a completely free download, there is a small subscription fee to keep using the application after the first year. They promise to never auto-charge you for this fee, however, after the first year, $0.99 must be paid to keep using the app for another year.
There has been some concern over whether or not messages are secure and private over the app’s network. However, the creators of WhatsApp promise that chat messages are never stored in their system and that they are promptly removed as soon as the message reaches your phone.
Overall, WhatsApp is a great, free way to avoid the mounting costs of traditional carrier-based SMS text messages. Downloading the app is very easy, and getting started could not be simpler. Be sure to let any friends that you wish to message know that they should also download the app so that you can communicate with one another. If you are interested in a free download of WhatsApp or if you would like to view their Frequently Asked Questions section for more information, click here.