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Do you think something like this is plausible? I hope that it doesn't happen. Whatsapp is doing fine on its own.

Whatsapp, the multiplatform mobile messaging app that has been one of the runaway success stories for ad-free, paid services, has been in talks to be acquired by Facebook, according to sources close to the matter.

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To be honest, WhatsApp is a great app. I use it to talk to my friends from other countries. Whoever buys it, just make a better and not worse.

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I use whatsapp after i migrated away from bbm and now that all my friends have iphones and andriods and whatnot its great that theres whatsapp to keep us all msging and it looks native in all platforms not uniform

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Hope Facebook does not buy WhatsApp and spoil it.

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Facebook already has a messenger app, it's not obvious to me what they could achieve with acquiring Whatsapp that they couldn't do by adding to the current Facebook messenger app.

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Facebook already has a messenger app, it's not obvious to me what they could achieve with acquiring Whatsapp that they couldn't do by adding to the current Facebook messenger app.

They would get all the Whatsapp users.

Also they might then try to eventually link all the Whatsapp users with Facebook accounts, which would mean they'd have a hell of a lot more phone numbers.

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If this was to happen the first thing I'd do (before they get taken over) is email whatsapp and demand all my data was securely erased.

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Aren't unlimited texts a standard now for most contracts? Why bother with apps when you can have a native, well integrated experience?

I personally hate having logs in 20 places...

Not to mention WhatsApp cannot be trusted.

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Aren't unlimited texts a standard now for most contracts? Why bother with apps when you can have a native, well integrated experience?

I personally hate having logs in 20 places...

Not to mention WhatsApp cannot be trusted.

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That is very true, however, for me I only get unlimited national SMS and charged extra for MMS and international SMS. So local friends just use SMS while overseas friends (or if need to send pic) usually use WhatsApp or Viber for that. If SMS/MMS becomes truly unlimited, then I'd probably just use SMS and ditch WhatsApp/Viber altogether.

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yh texts are free, but you cant send mms and videos for free. With whats app its easy, snap a pic send it and thats it.

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Aren't unlimited texts a standard now for most contracts? Why bother with apps when you can have a native, well integrated experience?

I personally hate having logs in 20 places...

Not to mention WhatsApp cannot be trusted.

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India has 100 SMS per day limit, after that SMS will be paid. And there is no contract system here. You buy Sim free phone and put whatever SIM you want in it. 90% are prepaid users so no monthly bill and plans. Applications like Whatsapp provide easy messaging between smsalcholic people like me. Plus there are lots of smileys, media sending options and you actually know that other person have seen you message or not :p

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This was seen coming. WhatsApp currently as I know does not have any revenue going for it (as a sole company; if the devs have money (former Yahoo) then that's why its still up) and sooner or later it was going to have to either be put for sale or charged as a product (only iOS people pay once for it)

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I use whatsapp for sending MMS messages as they aren't free with my carrier.

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To be honest, I hope they will. They will only make it better.

Especially if they integrate it with Facebook, then you could use a web interface sometimes to

read and write messages when on the PC instead of typing on the phone.

Plus I'm pretty sure this would make Whatsapp completely free.

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Plus I'm pretty sure this would make Whatsapp completely free.

It's free on Android/WP and 69 pence on iOS... not really breaking the bank is it?

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If facebook buys it that will be the end of it. They will fill it up with ads and destroy it.

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I prefer Kik Messenger because of its looks (http://kik.com/) than WhatsApp to be honest :p

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If this was to happen the first thing I'd do (before they get taken over) is email whatsapp and demand all my data was securely erased.

Why? What do you expect Facebook to do with your data?

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Aren't unlimited texts a standard now for most contracts? Why bother with apps when you can have a native, well integrated experience?

I personally hate having logs in 20 places...

Not to mention WhatsApp cannot be trusted.

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Naw man, If I want unlimited text I have to pay $5 plus tax and that's not including mms, which cost around $0.50 to send.

iMessage has been a saviour in that sense for me and my other half, but not all my buddies have an iDevice, so whatsapp does leverage that situation.

Vs. Kik, Voxer, liveprofile, IMO whatsapp is the more streamlined according to the OS, they usually update the software individually ( Eg, builds for iOS, android and WP have different release dates), then there's battery life, which from my tests, whatsapp uses less. Not to mention, almost everyone I know has whatsapp :p

Though not perfect, they should add confirmation status, if you don't want a person to message you, the only workaround atm is adding that number and then blocking.

So perhaps a little bit of cash income is needed to hire more developers.

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I used it for a bit to chat with someone from Turkey but didn't like it :/

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Why? What do you expect Facebook to do with your data?

Business.

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This was seen coming. WhatsApp currently as I know does not have any revenue going for it (as a sole company; if the devs have money (former Yahoo) then that's why its still up) and sooner or later it was going to have to either be put for sale or charged as a product (only iOS people pay once for it)

Android also pay an annual fee after the initial free period. I recently paid $2 for another year of use.

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its not free on WP actually. Free for 1 year then 99p a year after. i know i know 99p hahaha but still not totally free :D

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Aren't unlimited texts a standard now for most contracts? Why bother with apps when you can have a native, well integrated experience?

I personally hate having logs in 20 places...

Not to mention WhatsApp cannot be trusted.

Glassed Silver:ios

Not for international contacts... And well, mine is a company phone. Unlimited data but a very limited number of texts. So, yeah.

I use Viber, though... WhatsApp started crashing all the time after about 6 months of using it :s

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Yeah IOS is 99 cents in usa. It not bad price and it is great to talk to international peeps on sms. plus i do not need to pay extra 10$ a month to send texts unlimited.

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