WhatsApp Hits 800 Million Monthly Active Users

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Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has reached a total of 800 million monthly active users. The news was unveiled by WhatsApp founder and CEO Jan Koum in a Facebook post last night.

This means that over 300 million users started using the messaging service on a monthly basis since the Facebook acquisition. This past January Koum announced that the messaging service reached 700 million monthly active users. In just three months, the company gained an additional 100 million monthly active users.

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In February of 2014, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerburg announced that his company was purchasing the messaging service for $19 billion. Zuckerburg’s vision is for WhatsApp to be the messaging service that connects 4 to 5 billion people within the next five years.

WhatsApp for iOS is available as a free download from the App Store. The service is free to use for the first year, then a $1 per year subscription is required to continue using the app.

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  • OliChabot

    I never completely understood the need for this app when you can text people for free or use Facebook Messenger ?

  • ShaBi

    Whatsapp is one of the earliest app that has cross platform capabilities, and uses data or wifi. Long before that was a facebook app, let alone messenger. It was back in time when smartphones are starting to be popular, and when texting was not necessarily free on most of the phone plans. Whatsapp made texting internationally easy, instant, and free. The app itself has been kept simple, efficient, and effective. The servers runs great and reliable. Many people, like myself, has been using it since the first version.

  • Riddlemethis

    i agree. the using of whatsapp is a perfect example of how people are resistant to change and stuck in their own absurd illogical ways. there’s so many better apps that do more than whatsapp, yet people stick with it despite it lacking the most important feature VOIP calling. Only now with some select Android users whatsapp is introducing VOIP calling. As always, there’s no cure for stupidity. This app’s user-base clearly show this.

  • OliChabot

    But now, doesn’t most people have unlimited texting but limited data ? Does it vary by countries ? I know latinos uses it a lot, but in Canada I don’t know anyone who uses it ?

  • ShaBi

    There’s also a shit load of sports/energy drinks nowadays, but some people still choose to drink Gatorade founded in the 1960s? It’s just personal preference? Just like anything else?

  • ShaBi

    People have their own preference and you call them stupid? How do you know they don’t use other apps too? And you up vote your own post? I’m truly confused with that riddle.

  • the 6ee6

    Contrary to the other comments, whatsapp is the main app I use to send messages. Unlike imessage where its still buggy and has very intuitive design, whatsapp is simple and easy to use. Been using it since late 2010 as my primary source of messaging. No other app comes anywhere near the speed and reliability of whatsapp across multiple platforms. The reason it has so many users is that it works. imessage feels so outdated and incomplete.

  • Abbas

    Hey, whatsapp is more secure than any other platform you can think about. Because it uses unique identity, that is you phone number to register. I can see the power of whatsapp can not be measure but is depend on you capacity as a user.

  • Riddlemethis

    Better call the Batman to figure out the riddle for you then :p

  • Riddlemethis

    canada and especially asia likes to use WeChat, Line, Viber, and Tango. there is really no [logical] need for WhatsApp. it’s quite unfortunate to see there will always be people out there who are app junkies or hoarders.

  • Riddlemethis

    and some people choose to live without running water or electricity…it’s personal preference too. i fail to see your point.

  • Riddlemethis

    nothing is really secure and most people aren’t overly concerned about security with their whatsapp or other social media app. heck, most people don’t even have a passcode on their device. in terms of security for IM, the closest mainstream is BBM. however, telegram or TextSecure is king and price here but you don’t see a lot of people using them.

  • Riddlemethis

    that’s not true…the reason [most] people continue to use whatsapp is because their older friends or family members use it in the same way your grandma uses facebook, you will still use it even though you may prefer instagram or tumblr. people ARE resistant to change unless they are forced to changed or are convinced that the change is for the better. it’s basic human psychology.

  • The only reason I use whatsapp still is to talk to family and friends that don’t have iMessage. It’s also a great backup when iMessage goes down on those rare occasions.

  • OliChabot

    Can you text people with WhatsApp to their phone number ?

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