WhatsApp is free: This news electrified January 18 million users of the Messengers. Now the conversion begins – and ensures uncertainty.
Subscription conversion: WhatsApp asks for patience
Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp has begun to change over the previously paid subscription accounts and to make permanent free. In social network login on this subject numerous users that speak of problems: time appears in the notification profile that WhatsApp is free, then the message disappears. WhatsApp himself writes a blog entry that conversion success “in the coming” weeks. In other words, you still asking for your patience until all accounts have actually been amended accordingly.
Facebook makes it possible: WhatsApp free
WhatsApp announced the change on 18 January 2016. “The acquisition has allowed us to focus on growth and not to think about making money,” s0 founder Jan Koum on the internet conference DLD in Munich. WhatsApp would in future be involved more in communication between businesses and consumers, he said, referring to a possible future business model.
Competition in our own house?
However, this is also a priority at Facebook Messenger, the second short message service of the online network, which according to recent information has more than 800 million users. So far, they shared so on that WhatsApp focuses on a lean basic communication and the Messenger – first in the United States – a kind of “Swiss Army Knife” with many additional services such as payment services or journeys mediation.
WhatsApp / Facebook: Fruitful cooperation
WhatsApp has more than 900 million users worldwide, with the acquisition by Facebook, there were still around 450 million. Almost exactly two years ago Koum said on the sidelines of the DLD still, the subscription fee is intended to guarantee the independence of WhatsApp in perpetuity. The money was sufficient, he declared at the time, the company Aggie sparingly. The deal with Facebook allowed WhatsApp to use the infrastructure of the world’s largest online network – for example, the introduction of voice telephony that would otherwise require many own resources, Koum told now. At the same time WhatsApp have largely able to maintain its independence, he stressed. To run the software development continues on a separate platform. For management functions such as personnel or services of a Counsel WhatsApp reach the other hand back on Facebook structures.
No admittance for investigators
Demands for a way for authorities to overturn the encryption, Koum issued a clear rejection. “Talk about back doors is not particularly productive, because we are not installing backdoors into our software,” he ticked off. At the moment, if there is such access for investigators, he would be discovered by online criminals.