WhatsApp read receipts

WhatsApp, the huge messaging app owned by Facebook, announced on Tuesday that it now has 700 million monthly active users, making it one of the most popular networks on the entire web. The app, which allows users to send texts without paying for messaging plans through carriers, has reached its new milestone of 700 million active people by adding 100 million users since August.

Jan Koum, CEO of WhatsApp, announced the growth in a Facebook post on Tuesday, also revealing users send 30 billion messages per day. At 700 million active users, WhatsApp is more popular than Twitter and Facebook-owned Instagram.

“We’re grateful that so many of you are using WhatsApp to stay in touch with your friends and family, business colleagues and classmates,” Koum wrote.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for a massive $19 billion in early 2014 and was seen as a way of the largest social network to gain a grasp in new regions. WhatsApp is popular in the Asia region, with India alone boasting a user base of more than 70 million. It’s available cross-platform, and allows users to seamlessly send images, video, and audio media messages. Locations can also be shared through the use of integrated mapping features.

WhatsApp didn’t detail how many of the 700 million active users are paying. For all phone types, WhatsApp is free to download and try for the first year. After, you have the option of extending your subscription for $0.99 USD per year. In many markets outside the United States, WhatsApp is much more viable due to the existence of daily SMS fees or per-SMS fees, which make texting much more costly.

“As humbled and excited as we are by these numbers and our continued growth, we’re even more excited to keep building a great product in 2015…We promise to continue working hard to make WhatsApp even better,” Koum wrote.

[Facebook]

  • Virus

    Don’t want FB reading my messages rather use ThreeMa

    • 9to5Slavery

      Nobody’s that important. Also, what’s there to hide, everything’s online and inputting their data on the Internet. I’m not saying they should invade our privacy but we shouldn’t worry too much. Avoiding things will just make you more of a suspect.

      • Guest

        Maybe I’m a suspect than 😉 i’d rather FB not knowing how i make money

      • 9to5Slavery

        True but there are bigger things. If you don’t say while they don’t ask, I don’t see it being a problem

      • It’s not about having anything to hide, it’s about stuff not being other people’s business. This TED talk (bit ly/1H3PlJe) is for people like you that keep saying “I have nothing to hide”.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Never said anything that I have nothing to hide

      • “Never said anything that I have nothing to hide”

        Really? I wonder what you implied by the following statement:

        “Also, what’s there to hide, everything’s online and inputting their data on the Internet”

      • 9to5Slavery

        I was giving perspectives, especially for people that overreact in this area. I can see their concern, but I know people don’t do the right things when the right thing shows up. Who knows how low it goes but that is not my problem. Besides there are many more people who probably do the same thing if not more compared to whoever freaks out about privacy.

  • Jamessmooth

    Serious question: what’s the benefit of using this over iMessage?

    • Kurt

      cross platform, many more features and more reliable.

      But something tells me you meant why use iMessage over this.

      • Elias Chao

        I use them both, for sending messages with my friends who have a iPhone/iPad/Mac I use iMessage, and Whatsapp with people who don’t use any Apple product.

    • Juschan

      the biggest advantage for me in germany is not the cross platform thing. its just about most of the people are logged in to imesage with their email and numbers are way more easy to tell

  • :)

    Voice Calls or GTFO! Done.

  • Whatsapp charges after the first year? Since when?

    • 9to5Slavery

      Since a couple months since it released

    • iViperzLTD

      Whatsapp used to cost 69p (in UK at least). People who used Whatsapp then will have gotten a lifetime membership. Otherwise it’s free with 69p membership after the first year, per year

      • So that’s why I’ve been using it for over 4 years completely free 😛

  • MereUser

    Implement quick reply n you got yourself 1 billion active users

    • Vincivin

      there is a tweak for that.

  • Rares

    Facebook needs to die.

  • NekoMichi

    If Facebook’s definition of “improvements” are anything to go by, the next version of WhatsApp would have messaging features removed and will require the user to download a separate app for that.