WhatsApp will introduce voice calling during Q2 of this year

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 24, 2014


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Last week the web was ablaze with talk about Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the WhatsApp messaging app. At the time of the announcement Facebook stated that WhatsApp would continue to run (mostly) independently, and it wouldn’t simply be integrated into the Facebook Messenger. Of course, that didn’t mean Facebook didn’t have plans to change up the features offered by WhatsApp.

At MWC 2014 WhatsApp’s CEO Jan Koum announced that a pretty big change is in fact heading our way with the addition of voice calling for iOS and Android users during the 2nd quarter of this year. Reportedly the feature will also head to Windows Phone and Blackberry, but not until sometime later this year.

While all the details about voice calling aren’t known just yet, the service is said to be free, though it’s uncertain if this is for a limited time or not. More than likely, the voice calling will start free and eventually be subject to the same $.99 per year subscription fee that is imposed on regular WhatsApp users — but that’s just speculation on our part.

In addition to revealing its plan to introduce voice calling, WhatsApp also announced that its active user count has now reached 465 million monthly users, and 330 million daily users. For those keeping score, that’s 15 million more active users than Facebook is bringing in right now.

What do you think of WhatsApp, and do you feel that Facebook will help improve the service or ultimately drag it down? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

  • fredphoesh

    Google HANGOUTS is way superior… what is the Whatsapp fuss all about???

    • asdf

      no but seriously Google, implement voice calling already. Its seriously frustrating when ios people have it and Android people dont…

      • xdapao3

        I think you mean the US-only Google Voice or what-is-called… Hangout has voice and video calling on both iOS and Android devices…

        • Guest123

          has video, no voice only calling on Android. . . which is odd.

          • xdapao3

            AFAIK it’s the same on iOS and was the same until very recently also on Apple’s very own Facetime… Basically, initiate a video call and disable the camera and voilà, you have voice calling LOL
            But yeah, I agree with you, it’s weird.

    • xdapao3

      Being able to send multiple photo at a time? Walkie-talkie function? Being able to send videos? Search function? Quicker and easier way to share things with other contacts both within and outside the app?

      Sure, it lacks audio/video calling and, above all, desktop and tablet (non cellular-enabled devices) clients but Whatsapp is THE OVERALL BEST *messaging* app out there today, period.

      I love most things Google but Hangout has still some growing up to do…

  • renz

    will it be free as long as you were connected to wifi?

  • Ryan W. Neal

    Wait… Facebook’s Daily Active Users is 757 millions, Monthly Active USers is at 1.23 billion, mobile DAUs is 556 million and mobile MAUs is 945 million.

    Which of those numbers is 15 million less than WhatsApp users?

    • That Blonde Chick

      @Ryan W. Neal – they’re referring to the Facebook Messenger activity, daily and monthly. Not Facebook in general.

  • najiy91

    Andrew Grush – a question,put voice calling thing away,does whatsapp normal im service will be free after this(considering facebook owns whatsapp)?or it will remain as a subscription?

  • William MATAR

    I like hangouts and G+

    • Guest123

      I hate G+, refuse to have it and sick of google constantly trying to force me into using it, and every time I turn around google trying to make all my sh!t public.

      G+ is the main reason I’m removing as much google off my device as I possibly can. Soon I’ll be left with google play only.

  • Otto Andersson

    Ouch. I really don’t trust this app now that it was bought by Facebook. Time to move to slightly more ethical alternatives. God bless competition.

  • Dario · 753 a.C. .

    whatsapp has got a lot of users. they’re living of that. they don’t mind to improve and to add new features, because everyone uses whatsapp cause everyone has it.
    a lot of other apps are doing their best adding and introducing a lot of new features, and whatsapp says that they’ll introduce voice call only now???????
    this fact is not good for us users.
    i just switched to telegram. i did not leave whatsapp, but i use telegram. i want whatsapp to have a little users decrease, not for bad, but only because it’s the only way to make them understand that there are also other clients, not only whatsapp, and if they want us to remain using WA, they have to improve that app!!

    anyway telegram is amazing. everything is encrypted and IT DOES NOT STAY IN RAM!!! but it receives notifications in real time anyway.
    that’s really good for all those devices having few RAM.