WhatsApp to Focus on Voice Services

by • February 26, 2014 • Breaking News, ReviewsComments Off on WhatsApp to Focus on Voice Services3583

Congresses are always a great place for companies and CEO’s to make revelations. And the Mobile World Congress – taking place in Barcelona -could not be the exception to this rule, of course. In fact it’s the perfect place for a giant like WhatsApp to make big announcements.

Also Read: Viber Now Allows Calls to Landlines and Mobile Phone Numbers

All in all, Jan Koum, CEO of WhatsApp, announced that the instant messaging app will now develop voice services, in order to expand its suite of communications. This move puts WhatsApp into direct competition with Viber, which offers messaging and voice services to users of the application and landlines, as well.

This turn of events could be interesting by itself alone, but now, following the recent acquisition from Facebook, it’s much more exciting. It seems that Facebook is not only acquiring a huge database, user growth and access to youngsters, but it’s also a step closer to its initial vision: Connect the world.

This could prove to go against the carriers, who will see the voice services drop and their bandwidth used solely by data services, however, WhatsApp (according to Techcrunch) will partner with carriers to offer special tariffs to access the app.

What’s next now? We should expect further and deeper integration of our phone catalog with Facebook. But will Facebook succeed in being the only application we use on our mobile phones?

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