WhatsApp Messenger, the incredibly popular app that lets you send text messages for free looks to be getting a serious upgrade in the near future. Recent screenshots which have been leaked to the media show the WhatsApp service running on an iPhone with iOS 7 – and what’s unique in these pictures are the mute, message, and speaker buttons which have been completely non-existent before now. There’s also a red “end call” button at the bottom of the picture. Hmm…I’m no expert, but it seems like WhatsApp is branching out into the voice calls department.
This may or may not be a big surprise to you, as WhatsApp did announce they had plans to offer a voice calling feature sometime in the year 2014. However, no one really knew when it would happen or what the finished product would look like. To be fair, we still don’t know exactly when it will be available, but it doesn’t sound like it’ll be too much longer.
Texts And Calls For Free?
Obviously, since this is all still up in the air, we don’t know exactly how it’s going to work. Currently with the WhatsApp service, (at least for iOS users) it’s free for the first year and then it costs $0.99 for the next year and so on. It’s unknown if that price will stay the same once the voice calling feature is added or if it will slightly increase.
One thing we do know is that WhatsApp might even get more popular – as of right now, there are approximately 465 million people around the world who use the app. And, once “free” voice calling is added alongside of free text messaging, that number is sure to increase. One can only wonder what kind of effect this will have on regular cell phone service plans when more and more customers find ways to get their services for free. WhatsApp is available on iOS, Android, and other platforms as well.
What do you think? Do you currently use WhatsApp Messenger? Are you excited about voice calling coming in the future?
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