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App Love: WhatsApp Messenger & the $19 billion dollar deal

Posted by on 19 February 2014 in App Love, Be Inspired | 0 comments

whatsappWhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc. (and soon-to-be Facebook)

First year free for Apple, Android, Nokia, Windows & Blackberry devices, $.99/year after 

A few hours ago, the news broke that Facebook had inked a deal to purchase the company that created the WhatsApp Messenger app for $19 billion dollars.

$19 billion dollars? I had to check it out…

Basically, it’s a messaging app that sends text, video, images or voice notes to your WhatsApp friends using your 3G or WiFi connection….no SMS fees. It integrates smoothly with your contacts, there’s no username and password to remember, and it is easy peasy. Ben and I tried it out, starting with regular messages and quickly switching over to the voice note option. You just hold down the microphone icon and speak your message. I could get used to that…maybe not the silly messages, but you get the idea…

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Yeah, you need to have a smartphone with the WhatsApp Messenger app to be able to send and receive messages, but with 450 million current users, a million more users joining up every day, and Facebook’s stamp of approval, it’s going to be pretty hard to ignore it. It’s easy, cheap, and is a great alternative to SMS messages and Snapchat.

Check it out!

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