The walls of the old communication model are coming down rapidly as cell phone service providers are loosing traction in the international market. The past years have been plagued with high fees for international calling and text (SMS) messaging. Today, many new apps are surfacing that allow free SMS messaging, and sometimes calling, no matter where in the world you or your contacts are.
Whatsapp , a cross-platform mobile messaging app, has been in the news recently for being acquired by Facebook back in February for $16 Billion. Whatsapp connects with your smartphone after downloaded to check your contacts to see who else of your friends has the application. Once connected, you are free to send free SMS messages to your friends regardless of which country they are in. While this may not seem like a revolutionary idea in the United States, in Europe this has allowed many boundaries to come down. Continue reading
Dealing with billions of dollars will get a lot of people talking and Facebook’s pricey buyout of $19 billion for WhatsApp is no different. If you were ever wondering what is worth that much money, we have your answer: a hot mobile messaging application.
So what’s up with WhatsApp? At the small fee of $.99 once a year, the application allows users to bypass the need to pay wireless carriers for messaging services. Instead, the application uses your Internet data plan to send texts, pictures, or videos back and fourth.
When traveling abroad with a smart phone young professionals everywhere are forced to face pesky international charges. Thanks to the tech savvy smarts of smartphone application creators, these charges can be avoided. But to what extent can we avoid paying extra for calling home? I called my friends studying abroad in London and asked the same question I had been asking myself. “Whatsapp or Viber?”