WhatsApp reaches 700 million active monthly users

by: Rob TriggsJanuary 7, 2015
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WhatsApp, an internet based messaging service, has just announced that over 700 million users actively use its service each month. This makes the company the most popular mobile messaging service around the world, and is even more popular than Facebook Messenger. This surge in popularity comes as WhatsApp continues to dominate the Indian messaging market.

Back in August, WhatsApp claimed 600 million active users and has gained around 300 million users over the past year. The mobile messaging service was acquired by Facebook for $22 billion last year, but the social networking giant has seen losses on its investment so far, as WhatsApp’s 99-cent subscription model does not generate a large amount of revenue. WhatsApp saw losses of approximately $230 million in the first half of last year and generated revenue of only $15 million.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, expects that WhatApps will end up contributing to Facebook’s profits, eventually. However, he does not expect this to happen until the app’s regular user base reaches the one billion mark. Based on this recent rate of growth, WhatApp could reach this milestone before the end of 2015.

WhatsApp still has plenty of room for growth in markets where it currently isn’t a major player, such as the US or China. However, temping customers away from their current services may prove more difficult.

Are you sold on WhatsApp or are you using one of its competitors?

  • ack

    Not surprising. WhatsApp’s growth reflects the popularity of Android, while Twitter follows iphone.

    • Daniel DS

      That’s bs. Both apps support both platforms equally

      • ack

        Both platforms are supported equally, but Asia and Europe use WhatsApp mostly on Android, where Twitter is far less popular. More Americans use Twitter on iphones, and WhatsApp is not as popular.

    • Joey Quest

      Twitter and Whatsapp whiles both social media, vary vastly in mode of interaction. Comparing the two, seem unfair.
      What you are saying is b.s though as Daniel DS pointed out.

      • ack

        They are very different, but I’m not comparing the two apps to one another. From what I’ve seen, WhatsApp is very popular on Android outside of North America. Most people here used Twitter, but have hardly heard of WhatsApp. Each platform has one app that is much more popular than the other.

  • Intellectua1 2x

    Mark Zuckerberg was not lying when said he was looking to change/control the way the world communicates

  • Prady

    700 million users @ .99 cents a year = $700 million approximately.
    Half yearly = $350 million approximately..
    Reported generated revenue in first half of year is $15 million, which means only approximately 4.5% are paid users.. hard to believe.
    Not sure if we are missing something…

    • JosephHindy

      You get a year or two of free service before you actually pay for it. More than half of the user base are probably still in their first year or two.

      • Prady

        you get it free for first year & then you have to pay else the service stops.. more than half & 5% is still a big difference..

        • Fex

          I’m on my second free year. When my first free year was about to end I got a message that they’ll give me another free year.
          Now I hope that when my 2nd year is about to finish they’ll renew it for free again. No way I’ll buy it unless they, at least, make a pc,web or even tablet client.
          It’s stupid having to reply whatsapp messages on my awkward little phone keyboard while I have a full fledged laptop’s physical keyboard right next to it.

          • Intellectua1 2x

            It’s .99 a year, come on man

        • JosephHindy

          I’m sure there are plenty of ways around it. I do t think I’ve seen anyone actually pay for it.

          • Prady

            i think i am part of that 5% who pay.. its a pretty big deal in india (i cant speak of any other country).. i am in US but still use it as almost everyone uses it back in india & all my friends/colleagues in US use it as well..

  • This acquisition number just gets going up and up. First it was 16 billion, then 19, then 20, then 21 and now we’re up to 22

    • Joey Quest

      It was 16 billion in monetary pay out and the rest of the 3 billion was in stock options I think.

      • This is what I had learned so far. So I don’t know where this extra 1-2 billion is coming from. It was either last week or the week before that I saw some article quoting 20 billion, and now this article quotes 21 billion

  • le_avion

    The thing I dislike about WhatsApp and the reason I don’t use it is that it is a single phone and phone number app. It cannot coexist on multiple devices and it is tied to your phone number. If you switch SIMs, like when you travel, you have a problem.

    • EeZeEpEe

      Agreed. I’m a Hangouts user and love being able to reply on my tablet or computer. And if needed, I can always log in from any other computer as well.

    • Joey Quest

      You are mistaken. It registers with the number or sim initially. But from there on out, it doesn’t require your sim anymore,just data. So, whether solely wifi, or using another sim,as far as you have internet data,it works without a break in conversation.

      • le_avion

        What about multiple devices? Can I start a conversation on the phone and continue on a tablet?

        • Joey Quest

          For that, I don’t believe that feature is available yet,but with the growing numbers I believe such changes will be coming soon.