Deal of the day: Whatsapp Messenger for iPhone, for free

We don't usually post about these sort of things, but this was just too good to pass up.

Thanks to a tip off we've noticed that the Whatsapp Messenger app for iPhone is free to download, at least for today. We're not sure how long this deal is for, so to take advantage of this and grab it now!

We know this deal applies to the UK, The US and The Netherlands (I checked) but we're not sure about other regions, so just give it a shot. Whatsapp usually sells for $0.99 or equivalent, and while that's already not a huge amount, free is better right... RIGHT?

Thought so.

 

What is it?

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform smartphone messenger currently available for iPhone and other smartphones. The application utilizes push notifications to instantly get messages from friends, colleagues and family. Switch from SMS to exchange messages, pictures, audio notes and video messages with WhatsApp users at no cost. All features are included without the need for extra in-application purchases.

Sources: Tip via Facebook, Deal News
Images via Apple iTunes Store

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Had this before last year when it also went free.

I do have some concerns over how it intercepts your cell number so I stopped using it; besides, my messaging plans include unlimited texts and MMSes, and there's also iMessage. For everyone else, there's Facebook Messenger or traditional IM.

Denis W said,
Had this before last year when it also went free.

I do have some concerns over how it intercepts your cell number so I stopped using it; besides, my messaging plans include unlimited texts and MMSes, and there's also iMessage. For everyone else, there's Facebook Messenger or traditional IM.

it doesnt intercept your phone number now, does it? it asks you which is it so that they can send a text to that number to verify that you own that number and that's how that works

Julius Caro said,

it doesnt intercept your phone number now, does it? it asks you which is it so that they can send a text to that number to verify that you own that number and that's how that works

For some misguided reason I thought they had a magic way to intercept SMSes sent to your number. But now after reading their FAQ, I see that they use your number as your ID... which would then make it the same as say iMessage, but without the fluid transition between iMessages, if they are available, and falling back to SMSes otherwise.

In that case, I don't really see the use of WhatsApp for my daily messaging purposes. I still have a number of friends with feature phones. I'm also pretty sure most of my friends aren't on WhatsApp, unlike Facebook Messenger. In addition FB Messenger is cross platform.

edit: now I remember why I raised the 'intercepting' comment. Apparently the chats weren't encrypted (but was fixed now) and there's a tool available for Android devices that can decrypt conversations on the same network.

I've had this on my Itouch/blackberry for free for some time now. It even appears free in the app store, I remember at once it asked me to pay for it after trial ended that was when I just deleted it. But Since then it's been free.

Rudy said,
Why would I use this over the regular txt app?

It's free, cross-platform and you can add photos, video, audio notes, contact details and locations to the text notes.

Adzzz said,

It's free, cross-platform and you can add photos, video, audio notes, contact details and locations to the text notes.


Not entirely true, I'm pretty sure that is uses your data allowance.

dipsylalapo said,


Not entirely true, I'm pretty sure that is uses your data allowance.

It does use your data allowance but it's cheaper than the MMS charges when sending pictures via the text app.

dipsylalapo said,


Not entirely true, I'm pretty sure that is uses your data allowance.

Ok, yes it will use data allowance if you're not on Wifi, but it won't cost you any SMS messages.

Personally I don't see myself using it (no one I know uses it). I have unlimited texting plus iMessage is used for most of my messages anyways

Rudy said,
Why would I use this over the regular txt app?

Despite having 2gigs of data it costs me 30p to send an MMS where as on Whatsapp its free, you can also send video clips, voice clips, your location and so on.

Very useful app, even more so if you need to speak to a friend who has gone on holiday abroad.

You're welcome (That's my facebook)

I was tipped off by a chap in Australia, so it looks like it's pretty global. I've already got it... but this is useful for those that don't!

thealexweb said,
what can this do that Facebook messenger can't?

Allow you to chat with people who have a phone number but not a Facebook profile (or even people you don't have on Facebook, and those who will give you your number but not Facebook).

In regard to the features, I'm not sure, as I don't use WhatsApp, but it might allow one to post certain emoticons that aren't included in Facebook Messenger (someone will have to confirm whether that is the case or not).

Calum said,

Allow you to chat with people who have a phone number but not a Facebook profile (or even people you don't have on Facebook, and those who will give you your number but not Facebook).

In regard to the features, I'm not sure, as I don't use WhatsApp, but it might allow one to post certain emoticons that aren't included in Facebook Messenger (someone will have to confirm whether that is the case or not).

Just looked through my phonebook, all but five people I have numbers for are on facebook so whatsapp is pointless for me xD But I sort of get why it may be useful to some.

This app must be on and off free and 69p. I got it when it was free about a year ago, then it was paid, then free, then I never knew what happened and now it's free again. Why not just keep it free...

I'm not sure about the different platforms, but on iOS you paid when purchasing the app.

For Symbian the cost is £1 something for 12 months.

What i'd like to know is why WhatsApp's been removed for iPod Touch

Salem874 said,
I'm not sure about the different platforms, but on iOS you paid when purchasing the app.

For Symbian the cost is £1 something for 12 months.

What i'd like to know is why WhatsApp's been removed for iPod Touch

Its free till march 2014 for me. I havent paid a penny yet for this app, downloaded it free from OVI store.

SK[ said,]And before people start saying its free on other devices. Whilst that's true it's only free for a year.

Weird, on my Huawei U8150, it says my account is free until 2023.

What do you mean? I paid a one time fee when I downloaded it via iTunes, but I've never had to pay anything since.

You might mean that mobile providers want to start charging for using these types of things (difficult)

MarkusDarkus said,
I've heard that you are supposed to pay for this app. How comes I've never been asked for money whilst using it?

Its free for a year and then you have to pay something like £2 to keep using it. It says my free trial ends in November this year.

InsaneNutter said,

Its free for a year and then you have to pay something like £2 to keep using it. It says my free trial ends in November this year.

How do I find that out?

MarkusDarkus said,

How do I find that out?

On the Android version go to your contacts list and press the menu key.

Now go: Settings > Account > Payment Info.

It should have a date under service expiration, after that you have to pay.

MarkusDarkus said,

How do I find that out?


The Android version requires a $1-2 subscription per year after your initial trail (of one year) ends, but they keep pushing that back for us. I still haven't had to pay.

The iOS version is 99 cents to download instead.

Nightwind Hawk said,

The Android version requires a $1-2 subscription per year after your initial trail (of one year) ends, but they keep pushing that back for us. I still haven't had to pay.

The iOS version is 99 cents to download instead.

My brother with an iPhone, was made to pay a dollar or two, via an in app subscription to continue using it

Minooch said,

My brother with an iPhone, was made to pay a dollar or two, via an in app subscription to continue using it


i dont think thats true. at all.

Co_Co said,

i dont think thats true. at all.

Well, it's nice to be called a liar! I don't really care if you believe it or not, I'm just state a FACT of what happened!