WhatsApp comes up with a bang in the market with the news that it will start offering internet phone calls very soon. It is one of the famous texting services that let the users wait for quite a long time before showing up in large numbers. By introducing the voice call services, it will go head-to-head with the likes of traditional AT&T as well as Skype.
WhatsApp is looking to expand its horizon of services beyond texts to attract the attention of more people. This announcement was made by WhatsApp this Monday. Facebook is about to buy the voice phone calls deal for $16 billion.
WhatsApp seems to follow the suite of famous apps like Viber of Cyprus and Kakao of South Korea that are similar free voice calling apps. The Chief Executive of the company, Jan Kuom disclosed the plans that most of
the people would be able to make free calls with this service. WhatsApp will compete the services offered by rival companies offering similar kinds of voice call services.
The Chief Executive of WhatsApp further revealed his plans that the voice call service will be available firstly for Apple’s iPhone users and Google’s Android. Then it will be made available for Windows Phone users and Blackberry phones.
WhatsApp is also thinking beyond just phone calls service. The company is also planning to launch its mobile phone in collaboration with the German supplier cellphone carrier E-plus.
The Chief Executive of WhatsApp told the reporters that the new brand of mobile will be initially available in Germany only. He didn’t tell about the specs of the mobile, but disclosed the launch to be around December this year.
Kuom said that the world is sprinting towards the data now. Data is marking the next generation that drove the launch of the mobile.
Although, Facebook has offered the San Francisco based tech company to sell its shares for $16 billion, yet he price may rise even higher. The additional $3 billion will be utilized by founders and employees of WhatsApp for combating the restricted stocks. The users of WhatsApp are around 465 million in one month.
Mr. Kuom denied all the rumors about the operation of WhatsApp after being handing over to the Facebook. Mr. Kuom also played down the rumors of involvement of advertisements and other revenue generating services to be used with WhatsApp.