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Saturday, December 7, 2013

30 million users of WhatsApp cut into SMS usage

WhatsApp, one of the popular messaging applications on smartphones, has rea­ch­ed 30 million users in India. Telecom companies have started to feel the heat as the flow of short messages (SMS) has come down significantly.

WhatsApp has several adv­antages, like free person-to-person messaging, group messaging to any number of users and free voice and video messaging, which has made telecom companies look for alternative methods to take on the mobile application.

S. Karthik, programmer with a top IT company, said that he was considering re­m­oving the SMS option fr­om his smartphone as he had been using WhatsApp ever since it was launched in India a couple of years ago.

“The biggest menace with SMS is spam, which is un­wanted, annoying, but that is not the case with What­sApp as only people whom you know or those who know you can send you a message, using the application,” he pointed out Elaborating on how Wh­atsApp helps her keep in to­u­ch with her Indian friends, Divya Natarajan, an M.S. student at the University of Nottingham, said in a message through the mobile application from the United Kingdom that recently the mobile application developer had even started to provide free voice and video option with which anyone could call their friends to leave a message and they too could do the same.

“I send video messages to my parents using Wha­ts­App as it gives them reassurance of my safety in a distant country,” she said.

Some private cell phone operators too have joined hands with WhatsApp deve­lopers to offer unlimited WhatsApp usage to its subscribers for less than `20. “We have seen a decrease of about 20 per cent in SMS traffic in the recent past after our subscribers started to use mobile application like WhatsApp,” the spoke­sperson for a telecom company said.

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