WhatsApp back on the Windows Phone Marketplace

After being pulled from the Windows Phone Marketplace just over a week ago, WhatsApp is back with a new version and can be downloaded once again.

Windows Phone Whatsapp goodness.

After unsuccessful attempts by WPCentral to contact the WhatsApp developers for the reasoning of the pull, a German website later reported that an Android WhatsApp sniffing tool was able to intercept messages sent using the messaging app over a WiFi connection. WhatsApp later denied this as the cause for the app pull and assured Windows Phone Central that this was not a security related incident.

For whatever reason the app was pulled and set to private, it's now back though. There's no changelog on the Marketplace for the updated 2.8.0.0 version, but WPCentral discovered that contacts and location sharing is now possible, even if one of the reviewers suggested it isn't, so you'll just have to try it out for yourself.

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.

The Windows Phone version is free for the first year, after which it costs $0.99/year. You can grab it at the Marketplace, or snap the QR code below.

Source: WPCentral
Images: Windows Phone Marketplace & WPCentral

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ive just reinstalled whatsapp on one of my windows phones and under settings I get

account type: paid
account exp: 18/09/2021

so I don't think you actually pay anything to use this app on windows phone.

korupt_one said,
ive just reinstalled whatsapp on one of my windows phones and under settings I get

account type: paid
account exp: 18/09/2021

so I don't think you actually pay anything to use this app on windows phone.

I was about to post this too. I first created an account last year though so that may have something to do with it. Perhaps those with an account before they started charging have unlimited use of it?

Its nothing but a glorified IM client that uses your phone number as a user ID. It doesn't work seamlessly with SMS (i.e., you can't send a message to a non WhatsApp user and expect them to get anything), which makes this an expensive IM client. Ridiculous when you consider how many free alternatives there are (such as GTalk and Facebook Messenger). Unlike GTalk and Facebook Messenger there is no desktop client, which makes this an expensive SmartPhone only IM client.

If it would latch into SMS so that messages sent to phone numbers that do not have WhatsApp will receive an SMS through their carrier instead then I would probably see a point because that would at least put it on the same level as iMessage or BBM.

Shadrack said,
Its nothing but a glorified IM client that uses your phone number as a user ID. It doesn't work seamlessly with SMS (i.e., you can't send a message to a non WhatsApp user and expect them to get anything), which makes this an expensive IM client. Ridiculous when you consider how many free alternatives there are (such as GTalk and Facebook Messenger). Unlike GTalk and Facebook Messenger there is no desktop client, which makes this an expensive SmartPhone only IM client.

If it would latch into SMS so that messages sent to phone numbers that do not have WhatsApp will receive an SMS through their carrier instead then I would probably see a point because that would at least put it on the same level as iMessage or BBM.

You think 99c a year is expensive?

Gtalk is crap and so is facebook messenger in comparison to whatsapp, on a IM front it has lots of smileys, and all attachment points are there easily touch enabled top right or bottom of screen.

I don't need third party accounts to use whatsapp, can't say the same for the others you mentioned.

But i suppose it's all personal preference at the end of it all and i can usually say whatsapp and viber smash facebook messenger and gtalk out of the water for ease of use and features.

Dermot said,

You think 99c a year is expensive?

Gtalk is crap and so is facebook messenger in comparison to whatsapp, on a IM front it has lots of smileys, and all attachment points are there easily touch enabled top right or bottom of screen.

I don't need third party accounts to use whatsapp, can't say the same for the others you mentioned.

But i suppose it's all personal preference at the end of it all and i can usually say whatsapp and viber smash facebook messenger and gtalk out of the water for ease of use and features.


WhatsApp is a third party account, they just made it seamless to sign up for it - just tie your account's identity to your phone number, and viola! Sadly, this means WhatsApp will never make it to our tablets and other devices, WhatsApp will always be stuck on our phones. WhatsApp has limited it's own potential IMO.

I really wish MMS and SMS had evolved to the growing needs of mobile messaging. Simple things such as group chats should be a SMS/MMS feature. Sadly, that will never happen due to the greed of carriers.

It's sad because I could always send a picture through MMS to my friends, but they are afraid of their bills going through the roof (I have unlimited MMS), so we now send pictures to each other through WhatsApp instead.

Since i'm on a Windows Phone, Facebook's messaging service is better integrated than WhatsApp on my phone. I'd take Facebook's messages over WhatsApp anyday. Plus, Facebook lets me view and send my messages on nearly any device with a web browser. iOS 6 is coming with Facebook integration as well. Plus, Facebook is free, and ALL of my friends have a Facebook account. Majority of my friends also check their Facebook accounts regularly, which means I can reach my contacts just as easily through Facebook Messages as compared to WhatsApp or even SMS texts.

My point is - WhatsApp isn't as great as what people make it out to be, and Facebook Messages isn't getting the credit it deserves. The more I think about it, the more WhatsApp sticks out like a sore thumb. I can't agree that WhatsApp 'smashes' Facebook Messages. What Shadrack said is absolutely right, WhatsApp is a glorified IM service that is stuck on our phones - and they're charging for it. There are better alternatives.

Edited by FalseAgent, Aug 12 2012, 7:19pm :

FalseAgent said,

WhatsApp is a third party account, they just made it seamless to sign up for it - just tie your account's identity to your phone number, and viola! Sadly, this means WhatsApp will never make it to our tablets and other devices, WhatsApp will always be stuck on our phones. WhatsApp has limited it's own potential IMO.

I really wish MMS and SMS had evolved to the growing needs of mobile messaging. Simple things such as group chats should be a SMS/MMS feature. Sadly, that will never happen due to the greed of carriers.

It's sad because I could always send a picture through MMS to my friends, but they are afraid of their bills going through the roof (I have unlimited MMS), so we now send pictures to each other through WhatsApp instead.

Since i'm on a Windows Phone, Facebook's messaging service is better integrated than WhatsApp on my phone. I'd take Facebook's messages over WhatsApp anyday. Plus, Facebook lets me view and send my messages on nearly any device with a web browser. iOS 6 is coming with Facebook integration as well. Plus, Facebook is free, and ALL of my friends have a Facebook account. Majority of my friends also check their Facebook accounts regularly, which means I can reach my contacts just as easily through Facebook Messages as compared to WhatsApp or even SMS texts.

My point is - WhatsApp isn't as great as what people make it out to be, and Facebook Messages isn't getting the credit it deserves. The more I think about it, the more WhatsApp sticks out like a sore thumb. I can't agree that WhatsApp 'smashes' Facebook Messages. What Shadrack said is absolutely right, WhatsApp is a glorified IM service that is stuck on our phones - and they're charging for it. There are better alternatives.

Sure with that mentality, Nothing is free because we all pay our tariff.

"Whatsapp" is a mobile app, it's not a desktop app, why do you both insist on it been on a PC, why have a smart phone if you want to be on the desktop instead?

Facebook is nice, specially on latest android and both facebook and whatsapp both integrate into my phone book perfectly on my HTC one X, but you still need to have a facebook account to send it and the person must have a facebook account to receive, given that yes the account signup in whatsapp is flawless and they just change your phone number to a ID, can't say the same for facebook or GTalk.

So under the fact that "signup" is flawless and gives you the ability to send both normal messages and video messages and sound messages flawless also which facebook messenger and gtalk cannot as easily if at all.

Also calling a messenger a glorified IM service is a bit silly, since all messengers are IM services...next we'll be calling android a glorified operating system.

/s

It's pretty simple..

some phone marketplaces charge to add apps to it, thus making the apps cost as little as 99p to cover that.

All devices using whatsapp costs 99p each year after that regardless of first initial pricing, however if you change phone or number etc, your first free year starts off fresh again, thus why it seems some people never pay for it.

I'm completely confused about WhatsApp and whether it's free or not. The past two years in I owned an Android phone, BlackBerry and now Windows Phone and on all three devices my free period is set to expire in September. Yet on a friend's Android's phone there's no expiration date at all. I've seen people with or without with different types of phones (ignoring iOS), yet nobody I know actually paid for a subscription.

Interesting, there are many improvements to the interface, especially animations, but the animations are slow!

they also added the ability to search within the contacts list and conversations.

metro2012 said,
For Android, its free forever. I havent had to pay a dime for it for about 3 years.

you pay it with your personal information, lol

metro2012 said,
For Android, its free forever. I havent had to pay a dime for it for about 3 years.

Android is the same is free for the 1st year and then .99 a year thereafter

korupt_one said,

Android is the same is free for the 1st year and then .99 a year thereafter


Like I said, ive been 2-3 years on it and I havent had to pay a dime. I dont have Google Wallet or anything like that.

> but WPCentral discovered that contacts and location sharing is now possible

Ehh, I've been doing this for quite a while, at least 3 months now. Not sure when this was made possible though. Afaik location sharing has always been possible or at for quite some while now (say since January or thereabout).

sworph said,
$0.99c a year - its just $0.99c flat price on the iPhone?

Why should it cost anything on Windows Phone when it's free on Android?

thealexweb said,

Why should it cost anything on Windows Phone when it's free on Android?

they may have had to pay people to port it to wp7

tsupersonic said,
No, it's free on the Google Play Store.

Free to download, read the description in the Google store. "First year FREE! ($0.99/year after)"