Estimated Reading Time: <1
Popular messaging app WhatsApp will no longer require users to pay a $1 annual fee to use its service. This was announced through a blog post on the WhatsApp website.
The company, which is owned by Facebook, said it had nearly a billion customers around the world who use the app to stay in touch with friends, family and even patients.
WhatsApp said it had decided to stop charging because “as we’ve grown, we’ve found that this approach hasn’t worked well” — many users don’t have a debit or credit card.
The change will take effect over the “next several weeks.”
WhatsApp also addressed concerns about third-party ads — it doesn’t plan to use them. Instead it will “test tools” to help customers contact and respond to businesses and organizations of their choice.
“That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight,” the statement said. “We all get these messages elsewhere today … 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.”
Meanwhile, WhatsApp’s user base continues to surge. When Facebook announced it would acquire WhatsApp in February 2014, the company had 450 million monthly active users. In September, WhatsApp revealed the service topped 900 million.
- No better opportunity than now for all Christians to pray – Buhari’s Easter Message to Nigerians
- COVID-19: Health Minister says he is not aware if medical doctors in Nigeria are paid hazard allowance
- I never knew Nigeria’s healthcare infrastructure was in such bad state – Senior Nigerian Govt official says
- Lagos Govt denies relaxing lockdown in the state for Easter celebration
- Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed tests negative for Coronavirus
- Lagos commissioner says government will soon commence search for COVID-19 patients in communities
- NCDC confirms 14 new COVID-19 cases in Nigeria
- COVID-19: Enahoro, Ali Get Presidential Pardon… 2,600 Inmates Freed
- Pharmacist Arrested For Raping A 12 Year Old Boy
- Court ask Naira Marley to shoot a video against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic – The Singer had said he didn’t believe in the virus