What Do You Do When Your Whatsapp Expires?
We all know what Whatsapp is and what it does right? For those who don't, Whatsapp like its close competitors which includes; BlackBerry Messenger, iMessage, Kik Messenger, Meebo e.t.c is a cross platform messaging application meaning its available for iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone and even some selected Java/Feature phones like the Nokia C3, Nokia C3-01, Nokia X2-01, Nokia X3-02 and the newly introduced Nokia Asha series.
Whatsapp is a paid application which offers one year free trial after which you would be charged $1 a year for its usage. While iPhone users only have to pay for it once, other platforms are charged annually for this. Reasons for this are best known to them. Of recent when it expires they give you another six months of free usage. So What Do You Do When Yours Expires? - Do you just pop in a new sim to get extra 1yr+6months of free trial? -Or would you follow the stressful trend Nigerians have created by back-dating(Setting the date of the device to the previous year) then un-installing and re-installing again each time it tells you your whatsapp is expired? -Are you going to request for a mastercard or visacard from your bank so you could pay for it? Nigerian banks have reduced the countless processes/requirements to get them.
So getting one should be stressfree. -Or would you look for a friend's iPhone, slot your sim and pay once to get full lifetime subscription or 10yrs subscription in some cases? -Or would you cross over to other messaging apps? In my opinion, I suggest they make it free and allow room for adverts to be displayed(either at the top or bottom) Most people hate this but with time they would adapt. Or better still they could come up with a free version with less options than the Pro/Paid version.
Even network providers could assist by partnering with Whatsapp to enable its users here in Nigeria pay with their airtime balance which is by far the best option for a country like ours. N150 - N160 is not such a large amount to pay considering the cost saved by whatsapp that would have been spent on normal sms. The point here is for them to make payment options easier and accessible for us here in Nigeria. Feel free to comment below to share your views and don't fail to follow us on twitter @TektweetNigeria To get the latest tech gist as it drops