WhatsApp is one the most popular cross-platform messaging clients, and still a very popular option for many iOS users. The app has frequently been featured as one of the top apps in the App Store and last November surpassed 1 billion messages sent in a single day.
Currently, WhatsApp is not in the App Store as they recently submitted a new version and are waiting for Apple to approve. In the light of this, it appears a hoax has started to spread that the app is going to disappear–this is false. WhatsApp goes on to explain:
We have been getting a lot of emails and questions from you about this chain letter message circulating in our network:
WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn Red to indicate a frequent user.
Please understand that this is a hoax and there is no truth to it. While we are flattered that we made it to Hoax Slayer, we would rather work on cool new features instead of debunking silly stories like these.
UPDATE: this is a hoax message as well:
“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”
So there you have it. If you have received this chain letter via email–it’s fake. WhatsApp isn’t going anywhere. It should re-appear back in the App Store soon.