Apps come and go like fashion fads and seasons. One day an app could be “the next big thing” and the next no one will know about it. Then there are some apps that come and stay. They change the way that people would normally do things and help users in a way no other app can. One of these rare and exciting apps is Whatsapp.
Whatsapp is a messaging app that allows users to send messages to any other user that uses the app. It’s lean and flawless, with plenty of perks for the everyday user. Designed and ran by two former Yahoo! employees the app has made it over 500 million active users today. Their focus is on keeping a functioning app with the user in mind and have thus far kept their focus and goals intact.
Whatsapp is not an SMS app like many other 3rd party apps. It doesn’t require any charges for the messages and, just like email, it doesn’t charge extra for international messages. As long as a user has Whatsapp they can send and receive messages from anywhere in the globe as long as they have a 3G signal or better. The app was designed to help users save money on text and data charges.
Whatsapp was designed with a simple concept that owner/operators kept taped to their desks through development and creation.
- No Ads!
- No Games!
- No Gimmicks!
They have been true to this simple hand-written note since the first day they set out from Yahoo! to start their own thing. They weren’t in the market for making a business and selling ads like they did at their previous job. They wanted to give users a simple, hassle-free application that everyone could use.
With Whatsapp, instead of creating a profile and username the app requires only a cell phone number for authentication before you can be on your way to messaging your friends and family. It doesn’t sore any personal information and their servers delete the messages after they are delivered.
Since it runs off of your phone number it is constantly connected! You don’t have to worry about messages not being sent or being returned to you because the other user wasn’t online. The message holds until the user gets a connection and then sends it to them so you don’t have to continue rewriting or checking the message to see if it delivered.
The first year of Whatsapp is free to use after which you will be charged a yearly rate of $1.
Because they have no ads and no games they have to build revenue in some way to help continue supporting the growth and maintenance of this amazing app. The Whatsapp team is constantly developing fixes for bugs and updates to the app to better the user experience. With its 500 million users growing daily this app is a must have. It can be downloaded in the Google Play Store for android users and the iTunes store for iPhone users.
It is a truly cross-platform application and also comes on the Windows phone, Blackberry and the Nokia Symbian operation system. Try the app for free for the first year and tell your friends about it so you can experience the next lever of messaging on your smart phone.