If you’ve never used WhatsApp before, you may be wondering if it’s free to use. And, that’s a fair question. After all, who really wants to use an app that costs them a lot of dough?
The short answer – yes. You can download WhatsApp from the official website or from any of the app stores – Google Play Store, Opera Mobile Store or iTunes – for free. There’s no subscription fee to use it. In the past, WhatsApp did have a one-year free trial period that would charge them $0.99 after that year ended.
However, in January 2016, the company changed the pricing system to address users who had no credit card or debit card. This means users who surpass the one year mark won’t have to worry about paying for the app.
Keep in mind that although WhatsApp is free, you still use data when you use it to make voice calls. If WhatsApp is going to be your key communication app, you should have an unlimited data plan. If not, you’ll exceed the data cap and either get charged a fee for going over it, be throttled on lower speeds or both.
Are There Any Ads On The WhatsApp App?
You may wonder if you’ll be subjected to ads if you use WhatsApp. According to the developers of WhatsApp, there’s no reason to be alarmed. They addressed the issue in a blog post that said spam and third-party apps would not be introduced.
They would, however, have testing tools so that users can communicate with businesses they’d like to engage with. These businesses may have an agreement with WhatsApp – a monthly or yearly subscriber fee perhaps. If this happens, WhatsApp can generate the money it needs without the “need” to bombard their users with the advertisements.
As it currently stands, there’s no way to know if this works for WhatsApp. For the moment though, users can take advantage of the app with no fees and unwelcome ads.