WhatsApp brings iOS pricing in line with other platforms: new annual fee

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WhatsApp is easily one of the most popular cross-platform messaging systems around. While you ultimately have to pay to use the service, the rates have been so low – just a dollar a year after the free one-year preview – that users have still flocked to it, even ignoring free alternatives. Problem was, the app’s pricing hasn’t been entirely consistent. That all changes this week, with the iOS version being updated to now behave just like other ports.

They way it used to be, you could buy WhatsApp for iOS for a dollar, but then it would be free to use thereafter – a good deal for iOS users, sure, but we can imagine how very unfair that must have seemed to all the Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone WhatsApp customers. With the release of WhatsApp 2.10.1 for iOS, the app is now free to download and use for one year, after which users will have to start paying, just like everyone else.

If you already bought the iOS version, worry not – you lucked out, and WhatsApp will remain free to use – these changes only affect iOS users who are just now getting involved.

Source: WhatsApp
Via: iClarified

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