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WhatsApp To Remain Free In India For Some More Time

WhatsApp To Remain Free In India For Some More Time

by Abhishek VoheraNovember 7, 2014

WhatsApp , the world largest mobile messaging company, makes a plan to keep the messaging service free for Indian user for some more time, says Neeraj Arora, Vice-President for business development at WhatsApp. Its a really great news for us that WhatsApp To Remain Free In India

WhatsApp To Remain Free In India

Just few days back, Neeraj Arora himself announced that mobile messenger service WhatsApp’s user base in India has grown to 70 million active users, which is over a tenth of its global users. Arora, an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and ISB Hyderabad, said WhatsApp will continue to hold a distinct identity even after the takeover by Facebook and will not get merged with the social networking giant.

WhatsApp To Remain Free In India.

Generally, WhatsApp have a policy in which user can use the service freely for first year and then after he have pay $1 per year as yearly fee to use this free messaging service. Neeraj Arora found it very correctly that over 10% of WhatsApp user base is from India and the credit card penetration in India is extremely low. Many such factors have forces the Facebook owned Messaging service i.e. WhatsApp To Remain Free In India for some more time.

The low penetration of credit card / debit card is the most important reason that the Indian E-Commerce site have came up with the new option called Cash-On-Delivery (COD).

If WhatsApp don’t keep its service free in India, then there is huge risk that the 70 million active user can migrate to another free messaging service like Hike Messenger and many other, who do not ask for even single penny.

Stop Spamming About WhatsApp

WhatsApp plays an important role to spread any message or news to huge number of users. Now a days there is a spam message going viral at WhatsApp that from Saturday (8th November) morning WhatsApp will become chargeable. This spam message also encourage people to share that message to other 10 contacts. The worst part is that , the spammer have made it scary with the new WhatsApp update of getting Blue Ticks. The screenshot of such message is presented below.

Spam Message WhatsApp Free

WhatsApp New Feature : Message Read Receipts (Blue Double Tick)

WhatsApp Users will now see two blue tick / check mark next to their sent text messages, which will indicate whether or not the recipient has read their message. This update was rolled out very quietly and its is said that the update was made Over the Air (OTA).

Blue Double Tick WhatsApp

You can also check at what time the user have received and  read your message, to do so long tap on the message you sent and tap on the (i) button on the top of the screen and then you have a screen like below which tells you about the time when message was delivered and when it was read.

Message Read WhatsApp

So guys, Enjoy using WhatsApp for free and now stop giving false reason that I have not read your message or read your message late. For more updates on WhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus keep visiting Above Android and stay connected with us at Facebook and Twitter.

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Abhishek Vohera
Abhishek Vohera is the Founder and Chief Editor at Above Android. He is from Mumbai, India. Abhishek is a Software Engineer at Multi-National Company by profession and Blogger and SEO expert by passion. He is crazy about Android and a true Google Fan Boy.