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Nokia Asha is one of the low-end phones released for consumers looking for budget mobile phones. Introduced in October 2013, the Asha series replaced the Series 40 with first phone being Nokia Asha 501. Previous Asha models included Nokia 200 and Nokia 203. When other models were released, such as, Asha 500 and Asha 502 Dual Sim, they came with Asha Platform 1.1 with added features like WhatsApp and video capturing and sharing.

However, WhatsApp made an announcement around February this year that WhatsApp support will be pulled out on several older mobile phone platforms like Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60 and lower Android OS versions. The dreaded day is on the last day of December this year.

But this does not mean it’s the end for WhatsApp users. Good news came when the list of phones was updated and instead of the announced date, some of the phones will still be supported until June 30, 2017. The list included Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, Nokia Symbian S60 and Nokia S40. Some Nokia Asha phones run on S40 software so this means there will still be users who can enjoy WhatsApp messenger.

According to WhatsApp the decision to drop support on older mobile phones was due to future expansions and updates of the popular messaging app. Suffice to say, these older devices cannot accommodate future changes.

With the given extension, there is still time to download WhatsApp on your Nokia Asha phone. But if you are looking into options, you can always upgrade to the latest Android smartphone model or at least a mid-range Android phone. Or perhaps, you can look for alternative messaging apps available for free download. There is Facebook Messenger or Viber that you can try. These two are also popular apps and with a big following as well.