This is my favorite chat app for friends in other countries. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already
WhatsApp, an early mover in the messaging app space, has racked up 430 million active users to date. But despite the influx of new competition from the likes of Line, WeChat, KakaoTalk and Snapchat, WhatsApp says it will be sticking to its guns: avoiding advertising; staying away from “gimmicks” like disappearing photos and games; and continuing to request its users to keep paying to use the service as its basic business model.
The app, which used to be paid, is now free to download and costs $0.99/year to use after the first year.
The comments were made by co-founder and CEO Jan Koum, who was speaking at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany. “The important thing is focus,” he said, not disappearing photos — a reference to the ephemeral messaging service Snapchat.
Of WhatsApp’s 430 million users, some 30 million started using the app in the last couple of months…
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