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Saturday morning whatsapp will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue and will remain free. (As discussed in the paper today. Whatsapp will cost 0.01€ per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise whatsapp activate billing.
Hallo everybody. WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn Red to indicate a frequent user
Another variant falsely claimed that the WhatsApp servers were becoming too full and that users who wished to keep their accounts were required to send a message to their entire contact list to prove that they were still active users and avoid a fee.
The company has dismissed the messages as hoaxes via its website.
Alternative versions of the same base hoax have targeted users of several other high profile Internet entities, including Facebook, MSN, and Hotmail. Such silly claims are a favourite Internet prankster trick because they effectively fool a lot of recipients into passing on the messages. In reality, any message that claims that you must pass on information to other users in order to retain a free service or avoid your account being disabled is almost certain to be a hoax.
Service providers already know how active you are. Even if they did decide to start levying fees on less active users, they certainly would not require customers to prove their activity levels by passing on an inane message.
To reiterate, WhatsApp is not set to start charging users on a per message basis and has not announced any plans for such a revenue model. To clarify, after a year of free use, the company does charge a flat fee of $0.99 per year for continued use of the app itself. However, this fee is not related to how many messages you send. Information on the WhatsApp website explains:
Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.If you receive this hoax message or any of its variants, do not pass it on to others. And take a minute to let the sender know that the warning is a hoax.
Last updated: October 7, 2013
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