WhatsApp Messenger Moves to a Yearly Fee for New iOS Users

Posted July 18, 2013 at 4:05pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 23772 views

WhatsApp Messenger has moved to yearly fee pricing model for new iOS users. The move has been expected for quite some time but here's the details for those just learning of it.

We are updating our business model for new iPhone users going forward. As you know, we used to charge iPhone users a $.99 one time payment, while Android and other platforms had free service for the first year and paid $0.99 a year after that. From now on, we’ve simplified our business model so that all users on all platforms will enjoy their first year of WhatsApp service for free, and only pay $.99 per year after that. We feel that this model will allow us to become the communications service of the 21st century, and provide you the best way to stay in touch with your friends and family with no ads getting in the way. The good news for all current iPhone users is that WhatsApp will be free of charge for the rest of your life.

You can download WhatsApp Messenger from the App Store for free.

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furnunculusCurses - November 6, 2014 at 7:15pm
Well, that answers a lot of my questions. I think WhatsApp would do a lot better if it implemented its old style of charging people. Other apps operate on a one-time payment basis and people still buy them. If WhatsApp wants to make money, maybe get up and make a new amazing app. But that's just my opinion. I think charging yearly is unfair since some other people are able to use WhatsApp for free, forever; myself, included. I guess this is just one of those times I'm really grateful I paid. WhatsApp, despite its new redundant payment plan, is a really good app.
Walter Perez - July 22, 2013 at 10:17pm
Hello LINE. Good bye Whatsapp!
JoshvanHulst - July 22, 2013 at 11:16pm
I may just jump the band wagon
Kathiiie - July 22, 2013 at 4:27pm
.99 cents per year, it is nothing, I would even pay the fee... but the thing is, people who were already using it don't have to pay for it every year like the ones who are starting to use it now and THAT is not fair in my opinion
Angga Jahat - July 20, 2013 at 9:03pm
when a years has finished, after that i reinstall and install a new whatsapp is there still free?
Chris - July 20, 2013 at 2:34pm
Lets see: we already have, A Lot of messages included with our monthly plan, we already have Skype, we already have email, we already have Facebook messenger, Why PAY for another program that is FREE everywhere else?
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