WhatsApp hits record high of 18 billion processed messages on NY’s eve

by: Bams SadewoJanuary 3, 2013


Whether you sport an Android smartphone or devices from other camps — even RIM’s BlackBerry — chances are you have WhatsApp Messenger installed to communicate with friends and family members, as well as sending the odd pictures and video.

There’s no doubt that the multi-platform messaging app is more widely used than ever now, but if you’re wondering just how popular it has become – look no further than the stats that the developer has shared on Twitter.

On December 31st, over 7 billion inbound messages were processed by the company, while the outbound messages reached 11 billion. The combined 18 billion messages set a new record for WhatsApp, beating the one-day record of 10 billion messages that its users received and sent in August.

Meanwhile, things aren’t looking so hot for our dear old friend SMS. Having celebrated its 20th birthday last December, the traditional text messaging service suffered its first ever quarterly drop in Q3 in the U.S., according to a study done by Chetan Sharma. The average number of sent messages per month in Q3 2012 was 678 texts, down from 696 text messages recorded in the previous quarter.

Granted, we’re not going to see SMS disappearing anytime soon, but it’s clear that its heyday is behind it.

Let’s do our own little survey here. Do you still send text messages the old-fashioned way every day or is it WhatsApp — or any other similar services – all the way for you?

  • Christopher Sass

    Google Voice.

  • tomn1ce

    I mainly use Google voice and whatsapp for texting….my sms plan on vzw tops off at 250 since this is the lowest I can go. Now that any attachment that is sent to my G-Voice numbers gets forwarded to my gmail I won’t have to let the sender know that they have to resend the attachment to my main number…but It would be nice if G-Voice would be able to send and recieve attachments….That would be the icing on the cake…

  • emil10001

    Wow, this is incredible. What’s even more incredible is that even while processing that many messages, WhatsApp is likely only penetrating around 15-20% of the global smartphone market. Imagine how many more messages will be processed daily in the coming years.

    The startup that I work for just launched our new communications app, Talkray, recently. We don’t have anywhere near the volume of messages that WhatsApp does, but we do handle a significant amount of traffic. It’s interesting to see things scaling up and down as volume changes throughout the day/week.

  • MasterMuffin

    There’s this boom going on about different “free” messaging apps, I’ve noticed that almost everyone of my friends always use Google Talk or WhatsApp or Kik. I personally hate it, it feels like I’m an outsider and nobody texts me anymore (except for the closest friends). :(

  • Christopher Chin

    Love WhatsApp. I’ve converted so many friends and family and not one complaint. If you have a data plan, why pay for a text messaging plan? This is all you need. I’ve saved $10/mo on my verizon unlimited texting plan. That’s a $120 yearly savings. pretty cool if you ask me

  • IncCo

    I didnt send a single sms but plenty of whatsapp messages on new years.. so yeah pretty amazing figures

  • What’s whatsapp?

  • Huge missed opportunity for Skype. The mobile app is horrible. I still open the mobile app and get confronted with a whole bunch of information that I’ve already processed on the desktop version.

    All of these messages should have been sent via Skype given how long it’s been around and the position they were in.

  • Rohit Naik

    finally Lets Bring everyone on Whatsapp
    Please be free to share the video among your friends