WhatsApp is probably the most popular messenger app currently available. With a platform independent, “free” chatting system that piggy backs on your existing data connection, it's easy to see why millions of users world-wide have made WhatsApp an integral part of their mobile mix. Most of the editors at AndroidPIT swear by the “free” service and have never paid a cent to use WhatsApp's chat features. But as nothing good is ever free, we've long been certain that WhatsApp would eventually put up some kind of pay wall to keep their employees in bread and butter. Recently, a message has been passed around the WhatsApp network indicating that that day is finally upon us. Or is it?
WhatsApp users worldwide have recently started receiving a series of messages, indicating that WhatsApp would either be erecting a pay wall for all users not lucky enough to have a premium account in the coming days or be discontinuing the service all together:
“Whatsapp is shutting down on 28th jan Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team”
Now, what's app has released a statement saying that all is well with the popular chat service and that they would neither shut their electronic doors nor charge admission to their legions of users. So, relax people! We'll still be getting free SMS service for our smartphones. The WhatsApp chain email was nothing more then a cheap attention stunt.