WhatsApp quietly updates app description: First year free, $1.99 per year thereafter

WhatsApp made its first big debut a few weeks ago and while the app is still missing a bunch of features, over all it works quite well on Windows Phone (nicer looking than the BlackBerry app at least).

Well, the other shoe has dropped as it looks like WhatsApp will charge for their services. Cost? A paltry $1.99 per year with the first year free. Now, before we all get in a hub-bub, this just makes the Windows Phone app on par with the other platforms (we know the BlackBerry version charges the exact same). And lets face it, if you're using the app regularly $2 a year won't kill you.

Still, consider yourself warned. You have 12 months to get save up for the big day. Thanks, Aljoša, for the tip

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • like you said, it's on par with the other versions. had whatsapp on my android and ipod touch and all my friends use that not kik so I'm happy to pay two quid a year :)
  • I have absolutely no problem paying $2 for this great app (that hopefully soon will get several updates...). In Switzerland I have to pay this much for about 10 short messages.Why everything has to be free? I am willing to pay for a good app!PS: How is it possible in the marketplace (App Hub) to let users pay like they had an abonnement ($2/year)?
  • It's such a shame to pay for this app on WP7. Its quality is extremely bad. It's painfuly slow. It doesn't support fast resume. It crashes. A very bad first version. Yammer for example is such a better example of a well coded first version.
  • It's 2$ and you still have one year to wait and see!They admitted that the app is practically still a beta, but didn't want to leave the WP7 users disconnected.
  • Don't get me wrong, I won't mind paying 2$, cause it's nothing, but the app quality is really subpar, especially compared to other freshly released apps (I took Yammer as an example).
  • @Disinto The app supports fast resume--it has to as it was compiled in 7.1 SDK, that happens automatically. In this sense, it's better than Kik (for now) because it is much faster (try chatting, making a call, then going back to a chat--it's all instant).Sure it needs to be better and they know this. But lets revisit WhatsApp in 12 months and see *then* if it's worth it. My bet is it will be.
  • Daniel, yes, you're right. Fast resume is supported. One of the gripe I have is that when you receive a push notification, it launches the application instead of triggering a fast-resume on the existing context. It takes so much time to start the app, to wait for the list of messages to update then click on the conversation.I'm pretty sure it's going to be much better in the upcoming months (like 4th & Mayor that I followed quite extensively), but right now, I think they've done a poor job. Other developers have done much better for the version 1 of their app.