Free Instant Messaging App
WhatsApp Messenger allows you to send free instant messages and chat with contacts, who also have the app on their smartphones. The app makes use of the Internet connection, a Wi-Fi or 3G, 2G or 4G for messaging friends. You can also send photographs, videos as well as Voice messages for free, through this application. However, the app is free only for the first year and after that you will have to pay $0.99 for a year in order to use it. In addition to sending one to one messages and chatting, the app also allows you to send group messages and broadcast messages.
Calling with WhatsApp
WhatsApp, the most popular instant messaging application today, is offering a new calling feature in its latest version. The app currently enjoys more than 700 million active users, worldwide. The free calling feature is available with the latest update for all Android devices. However, if you are not using an Android phone, you may have to wait for a few more weeks to enable the feature. For most Android phones, the latest update will get automatically installed on their phones when they connect to the Internet. However, if you have not got the latest version with the calling feature, you can follow these steps.
Downloading the Latest Version
You have to first download the latest version of WhatsApp, which is ‘2.12. 14’. However, if you are downloading the app from the PlayStore, you must first have the version of 2.11.561, as the older versions don’t support the calling feature in all cases.
After you have ensured that you have the latest version of the application on your Android smartphone, you can ask any one of your WhatsApp contacts to give you a call from their WhatsApp number. However, many users have also claimed that a missed call does not work and you have to receive a call and then wait for some time in order to activate the new calling feature.
After the feature is enabled on your phone, you can find three tabs on the screen, Calls; Chats; and Contacts.
Free Calling Feature
The voice-calling feature is absolutely free and makes use of the Wi-Fi or the mobile data connection for calling. However, if you are relying on mobile data plans, it could be chargeable according to your phone data plans. If you are on to an unlimited internet plan with broadband, you don’t have to worry, as there is no extra charge. You will only have to worry about the speed of the connection. Those who rely on 2G or on 3G data plans can use their data, but if it gets exhausted, they will have to pay for every KB that is used.
Rolled Out in Phases
When you download the latest version of WhatsApp, you will be able to access the new calling feature from your Android phones. However, the feature is only available on a limited basis as of now. Users of the other operating systems will have to wait for some more time.
Quality of the Service
The quality of WhatsApp voice calling feature in the new version is similar to those of the other VoIP services like Skype or Viber or Hangouts. However, the quality might also depend on your Internet connection and speeds.
Beware of Hoax
Many users are eagerly waiting for this feature with the new version; so there are some people spreading hoax messages in the community, asking you to click randomly on some links. Users must remember that the only way to get the new feature is by downloading the latest version of this Android application and then getting a call from someone who has the service enabled on his phone.