Is WhatsApp going to charge us to send and receive picture messages from 1 March onwards?
Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : WhatsApp Is Going To Charge For Picture Messages!
This viral claim is spreading like wildfire on WhatsApp, with people asking – is this true?
No, WhatsApp Is NOT Going To Charge For Picture Messages!
Such viral messages have been circulating for years, often being modified to change the date or details. But the premise is always the same – WhatsApp will start charging us.
This latest version is most likely an attempt to stop people from sending all those irritating Good Morning and Happy Weekend messages.
The truth is – WhatsApp is NOT going to charge for sending or receiving picture messages.
In fact, it does not make sense for WhatsApp to charge us to use their free messaging service. Here are the reasons why…
Reason #1 : WhatsApp Needs To Stay Free
WhatsApp became big by providing a FREE messaging service, and that includes the ability to send and receive picture messages.
Even when they tried to monetise WhatsApp without charging users for messages, they were roundly criticised and many abandoned them for Telegram and Signal.
Charging for their free messaging service will merely trigger a massive exodus to alternative free messaging services like Telegram, Signal, WeChat, Line, KakaoTalk, etc.
Reason #2 : WhatsApp Needs Us As Their Product
WhatsApp will probably charge companies using their (still free) WhatsApp Business app, and introduce payment services to make money.
But they will always keep messaging free for end-users, because we are their “product”. WhatsApp needs a massive number of users to “sell” to businesses, including those on Facebook.
Our metadata is useful to advertisers on Facebook, and eventually, WhatsApp will likely charge businesses for the right to access their massive user base.
Ultimately, it does not make business sense for WhatsApp to charge end users like us.
Reason #3 : WhatsApp Does Not Have The Ability To Charge Us
Think about it for a second – did you ever give WhatsApp your credit card details? Or did they introduce any payment method?
If not, how on Earth are they ever going to charge you?
There is simply NO WAY for WhatsApp to charge us anything. Not until they ask for our credit card details, or introduce some kind of payment method.
Reason #4 : There Would Be Advanced Warning
Even if WhatsApp really wanted to charge for messaging, they cannot just start charging on-the-sly.
So if it does come to pass that WhatsApp will start charging for messages, they will have to inform you in advanced and you will have the opportunity to switch to an alternative messaging service.
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