WhatsApp deletes paid subscriptions and permanently free

Jan

19

2016

WhatsApp deletes the paid subscriptions, and is free for all users. That’s foreman, Jan Koum disclosed. WhatsApp was so far only the first year free, although many users have probably never paid.

WhatsApp does not want “people deprived of communication because of a problem with their credit card,” says founder Jan Koum Monday at the DLD Conference. WhatsApp worked so far with paid subscriptions that users were able to close. In practice, many users of the subscription after the first year, however, extended free.

Paid subscriptions expire within a few weeks. Paid subscriptions were earnings of WhatsApp. The chat app now wants to make money by providing services to companies who use the app, reports Wired. Koum, mentioning the example of reserving a table in front of a restaurant. The restaurant would pay WhatsApp for the provision of that service.

The chat app is sitting on 990 million users and thus approaching a billion. In the Netherlands, would the chat app are nearly ten million smartphones.

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