Whatsapp is currently the most successful app for instant messaging available in the world. Launched in 2009, the app never stopped growing and became more and more successful over the years.
Whatsapp is the perfect example of how technologies managed to adapt to the modern life. As living abroad and discovering the world became easier, there was a need for a way of communicating that would be easy to use by everyone and, more important, cheap. Interacting with your family and friends who are traveling is no longer an issue.
Whatsapp’s use is really basic and all you will need is a decent Internet connection. The plus is that you will never be bothered by advertisement pop ups. That is why downloading the latest version of Whatsapp is the first thing you should do when getting a new phone.
How to Download WhatsApp on your mobile device
It is quite simple to download the application by typing its name in the research bar of your phone’s app market. However, do not forget that there are various types of devices and software. Still, you should not have any trouble downloading WhatsApp on an Android, an iPhone, a Windows Phone, a Blackberry or a type of Symbian devices.
All these operating system have different methods to download. WhatsApp being a very reliable application, you just search in the app store or play-store for the app, and directly download it. Then, you click on the icon and the program should be installed and ready-to-use. For Samsung and Nokia, there are also other kinds of APK files available. You can download these files, but be aware that doing so is not very safe. You might end up downloading an app that is not the official Whatsapp and have trouble running it.
Is Whatsapp really for free?
Downloading Whatsapp was and remains free. However, the entirely free use of the application is no longer possible. During the first year of use, you will benefit from the whole service completely free of charge. Still, it seems that the developers have decided to make it a bit more expensive after the free year trial.
This might shock the long time users of the app, but yes, you will now have to pay to use Whatsapp. The service fees are about 1 dollar / 0.75 euro per year. You can pay by credit card, PayPal or via your iTunes account. Although it is ideological bad news, the material costs remain very low. Establishing that this single dollar is all you will have to pay to use the app without any restrictions, it is still worth it. When you are aware that sending a text to a foreign country already costs 0.15 euros, you realize that even if paying is always annoying, you will still be saving a lot.
Can I use WhatsApp on my iPad or my PC?
The application is indeed available to download both on IOS devices like iPads and Macbooks and PC devices. The main advantage of using the app on these devices is the more comfortable use. A computer or an iPad offers a battery that lasts longer but also larger keypads and screens. However, these versions come with several bugs: the authentication tends to fail quite frequently.
Which developments can be expected for Whatsapp
Whatsapp developers are constantly working to improve their app and to connect it to other social networks. You will no longer download Whatsapp just for the app itself. You can now download Whatsapp directly from Facebook, which paves the way for a future collaboration between these two apps. Facebook also recently added a call function on its app, re using Whatsapp’s concept.
There have also been some improvements such as the emoticon updates. All the future developments are announced on the Whatsapp’s official web page.
What configuration you should have to use Whatsapp :
First of all : A good Internet data. As for the phone itself, you can use Whatsapp on every iPhone. As for the Nokia and Android phones, here is the list of supported device:
Nokia 5800 · Nokia 5530 · Nokia 5230 · Nokia 5233 · Nokia 5235 · Nokia N97 · Nokia N97 mini · Nokia X6 · Nokia X5-01 · Nokia C6 · Nokia C5-03 · Samsung i8910 Omnia HD · Sony Ericsson Satio · Sony Ericsson Vivaz · Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro
S60 3rd edition: Nokia 5700 · Nokia 6110 · Nokia 6120 · Nokia 6121 · Nokia 6124 · Nokia 6700 · Nokia 6290 · Nokia E51 · Nokia E63 · Nokia E66 · Nokia E71 · Nokia E90 Communicator · Nokia N76 · Nokia N81 · Nokia N81 8GB · Nokia N82 · Nokia N95 · Nokia N95 8GB · Nokia 5320 · Nokia 5630 · Nokia 5730 · Nokia 6210 · Nokia 6220 · Nokia 6650 fold · Nokia 6710 Navigator · Nokia 6720 · Nokia 6730 · Nokia 6760 Slide · Nokia 6790 Surge · Nokia C5 · Nokia E52 · Nokia E55 · Nokia E72 · Nokia E73 · Nokia E75 · Nokia E5 · Nokia N78 · Nokia N79 · Nokia N85 · Nokia N86 8MP · Nokia N96 · Samsung GT-i8510 · Samsung GT-I7110 · Samsung SGH-L870 · Samsung SGH-G810 · Samsung SGH-iNNN.
Whatsapp is a very useful app to stay connected with everyone you know. Even if it is not completely free of charge anymore, the price remains ridiculously cheap in comparison to paying extra fees to your phone operator. You can also use it on other devices, but the experience might come with some bugs. Still, do not hesitate to download it and enjoy the free communication all around the world.