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The Pros and Cons of WhatsApp

The Pros and Cons of WhatsApp

We all know WhatsApp because of its groundbreaking 2 billion messages per day record. Just think about it. Since there are only 6 billion people on the planet, it seems as if one of every 3 person sends a message. That is a lot of messages to handle for an app but it seems like WhatsApp is handling the situation quite well.

If you’re thinking twice about downloading the app on your phone, here is a quick rundown on the pros and cons. This may help you decide if the app is worth your time.

Pros

1. Wide User Base

The first thing you’ll love about the app is the wide user base. I told you earlier that the app is now handling as much as 2 billion messages a day. This means that if you want someone to use WhatsApp, there is a great chance that they are already using it. This saves you the hassle of asking them to download the app on their smartphones.

2. Saving Messages For Later Use

The app also have a save message feature which allows you to create premade messages. This means that you can create messages like “I’ll be late” or “I’m stuck in traffic” in advance so that you don’t need to type it in times of emergency.

3. Group Messaging

There is also a group messaging feature that allows you to send message to multiple users at a click of a button. This will help you keep in touch with your family and friends without the hassle of sending a message to each one.

4. Multimedia Sharing

Mobile phone networks usually charge a considerable fee when sharing photos and videos. But with WhatsApp, it’s all free. Send all the photos and videos you want. Add where you are with WhatsApp’s geotagging feature. Share your memories with other people.

Cons

1. You Have to Pay to Use the App

One of the shortcomings of WhatsApp is that you have to pay for it. Sure, it helps you to send messages for free but you still need to pay a one-time fee in order to use it. But don’t worry. The price is really low considering that you will not have to pay for another text message ever again once you have it.

2. It is Not Yet Available on PC

Also, you cannot use the app to communicate with people who don’t have a smartphone. And it is not enough to have just any smartphone. It has to be at least an iPhone, an Android phone, a Windows phone or a Blackberry. Unfortunately, you cannot download it on your PC. There are some known hacks to get WhatsApp installed on a PC, but nothing native. They might go the Viber route and launch the PC and Mac versions but as of now there is nothing known.

I hope this has helped you. I know that the app requires a fee and it is not available on PC. But these are minor compared to sending free messages for life.

About Mukesh Agarwal

Mukesh Agarwal is a VoIP enthusiast and a passionate blogger. He speaks at VoIP conferences worldwide advocating the advancement of VoIP technology to convert this world into a global village.
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  1. WatsApp is still free for Android.
    I am sure, if they change to paid version in Android the number of users will reduce drastically

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