WhatsApp Now with Voice Calls, First New Feature under Facebook

By Himanshu Goel | February 24, 2014

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum Says – The Messaging Application for Smartphones will soon be Offering a Voice Service.”

Currently, The WhatsApp is the World’s Biggest Messaging Service, which is recently undertaken by Facebook for $19 Billion. Now, the first addition to this Smart-App will be adding a Voice Call feature to it, soon in the second quarter of this year (2014), said by its chief executive Jan Koum on Monday.

WhatsApp with Facebook

With the features like Free Texting and Media Sharing, Telecom Companies have seen a huge reduction in the revenue due to these features, but, it is very clear that now, if the Apps like WhatsApp, WeChat etc… provide Voice Calls along with the Free Text Messaging will clearly make telecom services dead in the market except for their Internet Tariffs.

“We are driven by the mission that people should be able to stay in touch anywhere and affordably. Our goal is to be on every mobile phone in the world,” Koum said on Monday, speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

WhatsApp’s acquisition by Facebook would not alter his roadmap to develop the product to reach the next 1 billion users and no advertising will added to the service, Koum added. Facebook’s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was also slated to speak at 5pm GMT.

An announcement about the partnership with the KPN’s E-Plus was made under which WhatsApp Branded Mobile Services will be soon launched in Germany. Koum will also cast himself as a partner to telecom operators and not simply a competitor.

“We are working with carriers in established markets to bring value to end users,” he added.


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