Facebook acquired WhatsApp, Services to remain autonomous and operate independently

Facebook will be buying the popular multiplatform mobile messaging application Whatsapp for $19 billion.Whatsapp Facebook Deal

As part of the deal WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook’s board, all though Facebook has their own popular chat app Facebook Messenger, just like they had their own photos platform before they bought Instagram. Like Instagram, WhatsApp will remain its own app but we have to see how long its gonna be the same.As of now Whatsapp has nearly 400 Million users.

What it means to you and me?

As of now there is nothing to worry you can still use the app how you have been using before. But we have to wait and see if the app will remain free or paid in coming days . If you are looking for alternate app check out the Top 5 instant messaging apps.

Do you think BBM will be a myth among users in coming days as Whatsapp is gaining massive popularity and used widely among people do let us know via comments.

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  • Yogesh February 24, 2014 11:23 pm

    Whatsapp to start free voice call service in next 6 months . N new version has option to hide : profile pic, last seen details. Whatsapp may tieup with telecom operators as in ET.

  • Rama February 22, 2014 10:29 pm

    So its somewhat offcial now,facebook indeed plans to give ads on whatsapp based on chats.go to google and search”facebook buys whatsapp android headlines”.
    I dont know about others but I seriously cant allow someone to go through my chats for ads.
    #NO PRIVACY.
    @esmail
    still think whatsapp ‘s better than BBM.

    • Rama February 22, 2014 10:39 pm

      This just one thought which came in my mind.In future if I have a chat with my gf on whatsapp,so would I be presented with a condom ad on whatsapp on valentine’s day.I know that really sounds gross but still considering the extent to which privacy is being evaded this is what it may come down to.

  • Rahul February 22, 2014 9:09 pm

    what will happen of the facebook and whats app plans of reliance & docomo ,,,, lol
    they will just double their shixxty paln rates !rofl

  • Sahaj February 21, 2014 1:49 am

    Now BBM & Telegram are options for us, but bad part is both are not yet available for Windows Phone 8 platform.

    • vineet February 21, 2014 5:57 am

      lots of third party telegram app s are available for windows Phone. approved by telegram.but no BBM.

  • Vineet Singh February 21, 2014 1:00 am

    Now its time to shift from WhatsApp to Telegram.

    • Rahul February 22, 2014 3:04 am

      Yes, telegram is next best option.

  • Roman February 20, 2014 10:02 pm

    19 billion :O zukerberg paglaa Gaya hai :p sala Abh ads n privacy leak kar sakta hai .. Salo Ek achi app thi uska bhi Tum satyanass na kar dena :p

  • kaushik February 20, 2014 8:56 pm

    I want to use whatsapp for windows 7 lappy. can any one help me??

    • abhishek chatterjee February 20, 2014 9:57 pm

      Download Bluestacks app player and run whatsapp on ur windows 7 lappy..

  • Yogesh February 20, 2014 6:45 pm

    @Tarun sir , u wrote about fb buy whatsapp. Few days back Viber sold its business to one japan company. Hope u will give an article about this too , because viber too has 20 cr user n it was consider as a rival to skype for free voice calls.

  • Madhu February 20, 2014 6:36 pm

    Thank God I think Subscription Issue is Gone ,.. When i formatted my device and when i installed it again it says 6 months subscription renaming after that we need to pay rs 55.. If face book acquires i should be dropped..

  • sugu February 20, 2014 6:13 pm

    Personally, I prefer BBM over WhatsApp! The only reason I used WhatsApp was that it was lighter on resources than BBM (Resources matter, coz I only have 800Mhz CPU with 512MB RAM)! But after BBM 2.0 its more faster and the Voice call is crystal clear (Both users on BSNL 3G) !!
    Now, since Facebook acquired this, I am sure, they’ll definitely invade the privacy and sell data our data!

  • SS February 20, 2014 5:39 pm

    I hate facebook but like WhatsApp except some of its privacy features like “Last Seen” even though i am not a guy that my girlfriends checks my last seen to confirm something. :-p

    But hopefully, mockery of privacy would continue as now its going to be Facebook, an utter useless company!!!

    • Rama February 20, 2014 5:53 pm

      +1.
      Whatsapp is not the king of privacy or security.BBM is light years ahead of whatsapp in terms of security and privacy,But one thing good about whatsapp is that it does not display ads and rather charges users 1$ or so.But now since its under facebook who make their money by displaying ads.I really don’t know whats going to happen to whatsapp.I seriously hope facebook does not bring ads on whatsapp and if they end up bringing ads on whatsapp its somewhat possible that they may end up spying on chats(seriously awful) so that they can display relevant or targeted ads.

  • Ram February 20, 2014 1:52 pm

    Dear TelecomTalk news posters,

    Will it be beyond your scope to keep us updating about cloud services (IaaS, if I’m right) like AWS & static IP offers from ISPs in Bharat (India)?

    I know these are not free, and usually little costly & difficult for personal usage. But presently it may be a good option for those who preferes security more.

    Thanks for your kind attention.

    • Rama February 21, 2014 1:59 pm

      @ram
      Hey ram sorry to disturb you,but I really want to know the name of the company which made IM on mobile popular before black berry.

      • Darshan February 21, 2014 9:15 pm

        @Rama
        Dont know abt mobile platform but Yahoo messenger I think was the first IM provider…
        @Ram
        Do you know abt the mobile platform?

  • Jayanth Kumar K February 20, 2014 12:53 pm

    Rs.3000/User… Too Much Price.

  • Ganesh February 20, 2014 12:51 pm

    Shit! That just didn’t happen!!! Facebook is the exact opposite of what everything Whatsup stood for! Now I am going to have to worry about my privacy. May be I will move away from Whatsup and start using something else.

  • abhishek February 20, 2014 12:37 pm

    kharida kyun.. download kr leta :P :P :P :P

    • Ram February 20, 2014 1:42 pm

      What an iDea sirG … :P :P :P :P :P G

      • abhishek February 20, 2014 3:19 pm

        thanku.. but im using TATA DOCOMO.. :P :P :P :P
        2 2 ru.. 2 2 ru.. :P :P :P :P

        • Ram February 21, 2014 3:59 am

          O ho ho! you missed the joke ;)

          T*D is not providing 4G, and no body is providing 5G, do you get it now? I have not promoted any MNO here, it’s full of jokes. :-D

    • Biswadeep February 20, 2014 3:36 pm

      Waah…sahi bola bhai :D

  • Esmail February 20, 2014 12:30 pm

    They could integrate whatsapp and Facebook messenger like android merged SMS and handouts or apple merged SMS and imessage. That will make it seamless. As for bbm going cross platform has not helped it still remains as crappy as it was when it was exclusive to blackberry

    • Rama February 20, 2014 1:47 pm

      @esmail
      You think bbm is crappy?Black Berry was the first one to make the concept of IM popular.I can still point out 100′s of people who use a blackberry because of BBM.As far as stats are concerned bbm users are the most active as compared to other chat users.If bbm were to be crappy people would not not be so active on it.The android app of BBM sucks but still the ios app and the one on blackberry are still one of the best chat apps.BBM is by far the safest chat app.Its so safe that the Indian governenment had actually threatened black berry to pull down their service in the country unless and until black berry provided the government a way to spy on BBM users.Such kind of a warning was not given to whatsapp or line or viber because its relatively easy to hack those chat apps compared to BBM.Apart from all this you must also take into aonsideration the kind of hype amongst people when bbm was gonna launch on ios and android.If it was a waste people and tech reporters all around the world would not be jumping about the news.

      • Ram February 20, 2014 2:12 pm

        @Rama
        “… Black Berry was the first one to make the concept of IM popular …”

        You really comment like corporate anouncements (half truth, modified truth, hidden facts, promotion more than adoption, …). :P

        Take a break & complete your homework first. ;)

        Sorry, I will not disturb you, that much. :)

        • Rama February 20, 2014 3:26 pm

          @ram
          I have given the links below to prove how blackberry is not crappy and actually the best amongst other chat apps out there.Maybe BB was not the first one to bring out IM but as far as I remember it was only BBM that made IM really popular,especially on mobiles.May be I am wrong if you know a company that has made IM popular on mobiles brfore blackberry do let me know.Apart from that I dont know why you pick up extracts from my comment and argue with them rather than taking the theme of the whole comment.The theme of my comment was to show how blackberry is not a crappy IM app and actually the best out there.Rather you pick a random line like “Black Berry was the first one to make IM popular” and start debating on that.Maybe one or two lines of my comment might be wrong but the whole idea of my comment was only to say how BBM is not bad.Do you have any proof to say as of how BBM is a crappy IM.

          • Ramuj February 21, 2014 6:34 pm

            @Rama
            Sorry, for my harsh comment. I just wanted to say give yourself some more time to understand this complex society. Now my explanation:

            1. How many people used/using B*, if you compare the statistic

            2. Also keep in mind, the first few generations of software engineers & tech-savy persons in developing countries were very much closely following US & UK culture, so it was quite natural to adapt whatever was the latest trend there. Also it was necessary to use that device to communicate with their US & UK clients. I know B* is originally a Canadian company and I’m not US hater, I just hate some of their policies.

            3. By IM if you mean instant messaging, a lot of different protocols & softwares were/are existing befor the was born and probably after B* die.

            4. B* was that much secure, as you “feel secure” when you see a police personnel. ;)

            5. What is the problem, if our government is tracking us to make our life secure? Till we have the power to select the right government each 5yr and there are opposition parties (also selected by some of us) with some rights in the parliamentary decision making. One thing we all citizens need to make sure that no other citizen get deprived because of our fault. :)

            6. Every company want to sell their product/service and make some money, and for that they will naturally promote some philosophy, associate themselve with some popular belief. Security is one such hot topic. Now it’s upto you to decide what is right & what is wrong for you. I am not saying corporates are always trying to harm us. But if you give enough opportunity, anybody will become an evil. ;)

            7. If you are really interested to improve your knowledge, please reread our previous discussion, I already mentioned from where to start. :)

            • Ram February 21, 2014 7:04 pm

              @Rama
              Don’t know why my previous comment got little modified! Here is the first point as I wanted to write:

              1. How many people used/using B*, if you compare the statistic with No*a, Sam*, S*ny, L*, … ?

            • Rama February 22, 2014 12:55 pm

              @ram
              I dont know why are you telling me all this when all what I had asked you for is to name the company which made IM on mobile popular before Black berry did.
              When I compared the statistic I essentially took into consideration the time when BBM was exclusive to black berry.But you and esmail for some reason keep telling that BBM made an entry in android and ios and hence that stats are wrong.For the last time”THE STATS WERE TAKEN AT A TIME WHEN BBM WAS EXCLUSIVE TO BLACKBERRY DEVICES”.
              I know the number of people using a black berry handset is decreasing day by day.But that only makes my point of BBM being better even stronger.In one of the links attached its clearly given that when BBM was exclusive to Blackberry mobile even at that time the number of everyday messages encountered on BBM was greater than that on whatsapp which was at that time cross-platform.So you see despite having less number of people as compared to whatsapp BBM still managed to have more number of messages per day as compared to whatsapp.This clearly shows that ppl on BBM are more active as compared to whatsapp.
              Secondly even though many people are not using blackberry today,its only and only because of their sick app store.Otherwise Blackberry devices like Z10 and Z30 have recieved some really good reviews.Apart from this BBM is still unbeatable in security as well as privacy.Their other enterprise solutions are also the best.
              What government security are you talking about?.Even today women are being rp*ed in delhi and other parts of India.Its takes years and sometimes decades to prove someone is guilty.Corrupt politicians are even existing today and.The government collecting data is just a gimmick according to me.The real reason why crimes happen in India is because of our sick judicial system which takes years or sometimes decades to prove someone guilty.The real ppl who benefitted from 2G scam are still roaming freely in the society.What data collection are you talking about?First ask the government to have stricter rules and faster decisions in place and then talk about stuffs like data collection.No one gets proved guilty and government keeps collecting data #crap logic.
              I am sorry if I have hurt you.You can comment after this but I aint gonna comment any further.All I wanted to say was that “BBM is better than whatsapp”.If you have anything to say as of how whatsapp is better than BBM I would appreciate it but I really don’t appreciate this jibber-jabber od yours.

      • Esmail February 20, 2014 2:50 pm

        I agree with u about the hype surrounding bbm going cross platform and it’s availability on android and iOS, but that is just the usual curiosity that surrounds the launch of any new service product. People are curious to download and try it out to find out what the big deal is, but after trying it out how many people have still continued to use it and how many deleted it after trying it, that’s what changes all statistics.

        • Rama February 20, 2014 3:29 pm

          The first post link which I have given clearly show how BBM had more messages transaction on a given day compared to Whatsapp despite being exclusive to Blackberry at that time.

        • Ganesh February 20, 2014 9:46 pm

          Plz Cn u tell me
          How cn i activate evdo on my htc one
          Or any cdma sim
          The whole process..?

          • Sachin Pimple February 21, 2014 12:10 pm

            @Ganesh
            Contact customer care for activation of EVDO.
            But I am sure CC won’t help you.So after trying CC, lodge complain in pgportal website.You will be contacted by your service provider within 2-3 days.
            I have done this for Reliance CDMA. I don’t think TATA CDMA are helpfull. MTS will also support you.
            Thank u.

    • Rama February 20, 2014 2:05 pm

      theglobeandmail.com/technology/why-is-bbm-so-successful-look-to-its-technology/article15042079/?service=mobile
      firstpost.com/blogs/what-bbm-on-android-ios-will-have-that-whatsapp-doesnt-1098791.html
      Please insert [www.] before the links and open them.
      After reading these think once again that is BBM really crappy?

  • Yogesh February 20, 2014 9:14 am

    I use whatsapp because it is quite a personal. It is an alternative to sms n email.I had used facebook for almost 3 years,but now these fb,google just spy on us.Google force to join g+. An both these fb ,google made our personal information public.These app ask to read my personal info like : Phone n memory card data , contacts , sms n all. I dislike this. N they then sell this user information to 3rd party n then advertiser use this info n google n fb earn money . I also read that NSA spy on us via these app n i hate this. I dont want to be spied , n want to keep my personal information to me n dont want someone like this fb made it public. Already i had delete my fb n g+ accounts n also disabled max app :g+,fb,hangout. There is no way to restrict these app for certain permission like only check network : as in case of android. With 45 cr user why whatsapp decide to sell i dont get.

    • Ram February 20, 2014 1:57 pm

      Very simple, MONEY is our lord!

      The more the better. :-D

  • Yogesh February 20, 2014 9:12 am

    I use whatsapp because it is quite a personal. It is an alternative to sms n email. I had used facebook for almost 3 years , but now these fb , google just spy on us. Google force to join g+. An both these fb ,google made our personal information public . These app ask to read my personal info like : Phone n memory card data , contacts , sms n all. I dislike this. N they then sell this user information to 3rd party n then advertiser use this info n google n fb earn money . I also read that NSA spy on us via these app n i hate this. I dont want to be spied , n want to keep my personal information to me n dont want someone like this fb made it public. Already i had delete my fb n g+ accounts n also disabled max app :g+,fb,hangout. There is no way to restrict these app for certain permission like only check network : as in case of android. With 45 cr user why whatsapp decide to sell i dont get.

  • Dev kumar February 20, 2014 7:33 am

    What a solid idea to talk by Whats App. I like very very much. You can send image, video, camera, contact, Location & many things. So sweet. I like it & suggest to Download my friends

  • Meti February 20, 2014 6:52 am

    Ha!! I can’t believe what I just read. For whatever reasons I don’t like this news. Stay away please, Facebook