Five days after Facebook announced its $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in February of this year, the world’s most popular messaging platform announced plans to enable voice calling in the first half of this year.

The summer came and went and here we are well into the third quarter of 2014 and now WhatsApp is saying that the planned release has been pushed back.

Citing a series of technical challenges, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said during his presentation at the Code/Mobile conference this week that the VoIP calling service will make its debut in WhatsApp mobile apps in the first quarter of 2015.

Among the reasons cited for the delay, the CEO mentioned the fact that WhatsApp lacks access to some phone microphones, which makes noise cancellation more difficult.

Koum is also concerned about WhatsApp users in emerging markets who are still using sluggish EDGE data networks that lack the throughput required by Voice over IP services (VoIP).

WhatsApp currently enjoys more than 600 million monthly active users, but Koum is not concerned about monetization. The company apparently “has no real immediate plans to make money at WhatsApp” nor does it wish to bring advertising into its app down the road, Re/code noted.

The service generated only $10 million in revenue in 2013 based on user subscriptions. Its owner, Facebook, isn’t concerned either.

Mark Zuckerberg said on numerous occasions that revenue won’t be a priority for WhatsApp for the next few years because “products aren’t really interesting as a business until they have a billion people using them”.

WhatsApp is a free download in the App Store.


  • Anmol Malhotra

    First Quarter 2015 comes and goes , then in 2nd quarter they say its been delayed to 2016 then 2017 then 2018………………… 2100!
    And boom! Here comes the VOIP calling to Whatsapp! the most awaited feature of the century!!!
    Good job Whatsapp! 🙂

    • David Gitman

      No, good job Facebook!

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Hell with Whatsapp & Facebook! 😀 :p
        How are you bro? 😉 How’s weather in Israel? 😀

      • David Gitman

        Hey man. It’s meh xd how about you?

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Hahaha 😀
        It’s freaking meh here :p xD
        I need advice from you : Shall I jailbreak my 4s now? or wait for Cydia bundled with Pangu?

      • David Gitman

        Nah wait for Cydia bundled

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Waiting then.. 🙂
        Thanks for your advice bro 🙂


    video doesn’t play for me..

  • Edwin Koh

    And when the heck are they gonna update the app to be optimized to the iPhone 6/6+ screen sizes? It’s taking forever my god

    • R N

      Agreed, they sure are taking their sweet time on optimizing their app.

    • Jason Baroni

      Even if it was compatible, this app would still suck on the 1st gen iPhone, young Padwan.

  • Matheus Lisboa

    It seems they’ll delay to 2015 the ios 8 update too haha they’re really slow on updating

  • Husam Hamed

    They didn’t even update it to support the iPhone 6+ screen! so I’m not surprised.

  • 🙁

    • SuperMan

      Great job!!

    • nyangejr


    • onesimpleclik

      What was the point of showing everyone this?

  • Smh

    I am genuinely willing to bet big money that voice calling wont come in Q1 2015 or even in the whole of 2015. Not even joking.


    u don’t have to change the iphone date setting back to sept 1st, right?

    • deep desai

      no don’t have to do anything. simply go to the link and install it.

      • VITICO


  • Eyal Rotem

    What about quick reply that can be integrated in iOS8 ?
    that’s also a must have for an app in this magnitude.

  • Hussam

    you just made my day

  • diggitydang

    I need a quick reply from the lock screen before voice calling…

  • MereUser

    can you just give us quick reply?

  • Willian Viana

    Can we trust this? Thanks anyway 😀