WhatsApp allows you to send free text messages over the internet, saving you the cost of sending SMS.
Complete alternative to SMS
WhatsApp Messenger replaces traditional SMS for a free instant messaging system over 3G, 4G, or WiFi.
The Windows Phone version of WhatsApp allows you to chart with your buddies through a classic chat-style window. You can chat to one person, or to a bunch of buddies through group messaging. The latter option makes for a good way to save on messages and communicate quicker.
In terms of its features, WhatsApp allows you to send photos, audio files, and videos. You can also share maps with your location, as well as contacts.
How does it work?
In order for WhatsApp to work, both yourself and the person you want to chat with have to have the app installed. Once you've installed it, you can see which of your contacts are using WhatsApp and start speaking with them.
You should note that although messaging is free, the application is free just for one year, after which time you'll need to pay a fee of $0.99 per year.
Whether or not WhatsApp is the best mobile messaging client is a matter for debate. Arguably it's not the most powerful, given that apps such as
However, the strong point of WhatsApp is its popularity. Since lots of people use it as their messaging app of choice, it's become almost essential to have it installed on your phone (although in certain countries it's more popular than in others).
What's new in the latest version?
The latest major update to WhatsApp Messenger for Windows Phone adds the chat background feature, already found in the
Version 2.11.49 also adds broadcast lists, meaning you can choose multiple contacts to relay messages too. There are also new privacy settings, and custom notification tones.
A success story
There are similar applications out there - better ones, even. But WhatsApp is an example of an app that offers a simple and fun way to chat. For this it's become hugely popular.
- Pros +
- Free text messages to other WhatsApp user
- Send text, photos, video and audio
- Works across platforms
- Lock screen notifications
- Cons -
- Both parties need the app installed
- No calling functionality
- English, German, Russian
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- Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8
- Communication Apps > SMS & IM
User rating:1 User reviews
Changed the way I use my phone completely. Now I can send free videos and audio clips too! All in all a great program and a must-have for anyone who likes to natter!