Speedy setup and performance; Lets you keep your phone number; Clean interface; Can send multimedia; No international charges; Can block/unblock contacts
Pricing on calls depends on carrier; Doesn't sync with Facebook
WhatsApp lets you group message and send photos and videos via an easy-to-use interface--without having to pay texting fees to your carrier.
WhatsApp is the No. 1 paid social networking app for iOS and the No. 5 free communications app on Google Play, with more than 200 million monthly active users. The cross-platform app is also available for BlackBerry and Windows Phone. With all these users downloading the messaging app to group chat and send photos and videos--without incurring texting fees--is WhatsApp worth the hype? Yes, and here's why.
You can start a new conversation within Chats by tapping the Compose button in the upper right. Chats lists your conversations and lets you start group chats. Settings is where you can tweak everything from font size and message timestamp to notifications.
WhatsApp uses green arrows to indicate whether your message was delivered and read, and you can see when your friend is typing. There's an option to email conversations, and swiping right on a chat deletes it.
One feature that's notably missing from WhatsApp is the ability to sync with Facebook, which is available on such messaging apps as TextFree.
Although WhatsApp is 99 cents on iOS and has a 99-cent annual fee on all other platforms, a big appeal of the app is that there are no international charges, so you can chat with WhatsApp friends everywhere. However, when you make a phone call, carrier rates apply. On Viber, Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger, calling is free to other users of those services.
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