Users to now enjoy free WhatsApp

Popular messaging application WhatsApp has announced on Monday that it will not charge any fee after one year of use. "We're happy to announce that WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees", the company said in a blog post.

"For many years, we have asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we have grown, we have found that this approach hasn't worked well", it said.

Users of the app who joined when it started out six years back, were given a free lifetime service. However, the company introduced subscription fee of 0.99 cents after the first free year.

One of the objectives of the move is to reach out to users who don't have a debit or credit card. "Many WhatsApp users don't have a debit or credit card number and they worried they would lose access to their friends and family after their first year", said the blogpost.

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