Some time ago I have been talking about this issue but it seems that this time it’s serious. WhatsApp has begun to be for payment in Android to demand payment for the renewal of service.

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WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular messaging application. With versions for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Symbian, since its emergence revolutionized the IM application and allowed us to send and receive messages to our friends and family for free.

WhatsApp always was and has been free for Android (not in iOS). While in theory we had a trial period of one year after which we would have to pay $ 0.99 annually for the use of the service, it was never applied and renewed for another term test was always free. However, it seems that it is finally finished. Many users who have been licensed expired in recent days have not received the free extension as has always happened but rather got the message saying that the license has expired and that must purchase a new one.

The application redirects users to the payment section of Google Play, where they are forced to enter their credit card number to renew the license as shown in the pictures below.

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Seems that finally is serious. WhatsApp has begun to require a fee. While we have a lot of similar applications and even more complete as LINE, Viber, chaton, Spotbros, KakaoTalk among others, WhatsApp is by far the most popular (at least in America and Europe), so if we start using another app, we have to tell our contacts to also install it on their devices.

What will you do? Will you begin to use another application or pay a dollar a year? Beyond that we all like free apps, we must also be fair: a dollar a year is not so bad …

Esteban Cejas

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