Sincerely speaking payment for WhatsApp annual charges has been a challenge and would have continued being a challenge. One thing that made this annual payment a challenge is because they implemented very few and unpopular payment methods in unpopular markets. Unpopular markets in this case are countries that are not yet developed. Many countries for instance those in Africa lacks quality infrastructure.
After Facebook acquired WhatsApp it really meant that WhatsApp would reach a point of being a free service just as Facebook Messenger. Facebook has had a large revenue base and won’t be affected in anyway if the popular WhatsApp messaging app became a free one.
Personally I had some coins in my Google Wallet so I paid once but the next year of using WhatsApp, I didn’t bother to renew. Then I got this notification that the usage period had been extended for another year. I have use WhatsApp, this is the 5th year having only paid and by will not that it was a must.
I wouldn’t feel better being in the US and paying a dollar ($0.99) yearly to use WhatsApp and some country somewhere they’re paying nothing for the same service. Well everyone will be disturbed a bit even though a dollar for a year won’t sound to much.
Facebook and WhatsApp team which owns and maintains WhatsApp has wrote an article on WhatsApp blog explaining why they feel the one dollar ($0.99) was not being fare. And that someone will be worried that he will have to look for a new phone number to use WhatsApp again after the year elapses.
A blog read in part and I quote
That’s why we’re happy to announce that WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we’ve asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we’ve grown, we’ve found that this approach hasn’t worked well. Many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card number and they worried they’d lose access to their
friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we’ll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.
This is probably a statement that makes many happy. WhatsApp is finally wiping out the subscription fee making it a free to use application.
They will update all their app versions iOS, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows to be free of charge within the next few weeks. This can possibly be releasing an update that doesn’t ask for any payments or lacks payment settings and the backend code too striped off the apps.
Nice whatsapping. 🙂