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Google Close to Acquiring WhatsApp for $1 Billion?

Digital Trends reports that Google is on the verge of acquiring WhatsApp, the company behind the popular cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp Messenger.
While the deal started four or five weeks ago, we’ve been told that WhatsApp is “playing hardball” and jockeying for a higher acquisition price, which currently is “close to” $1 billion right now.
WhatsApp Messenger is currently a $0.99 app in the App Store, but the company has announced that it will be shifting to a subscription model later this year under which the app would likely be free for the first year and $0.99/year thereafter. The subscription model is already in use on the company's Android and Windows Phone apps.

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WhatsApp Messenger consistently ranks at or near the top of Apple's charts for Top Paid apps in countries around the world, and is in fact currently in the #1 position in the U.S. App Store.

The service is one of many messaging services available on iOS and other mobile platforms, including Apple's own iMessage service integrated into iOS and OS X. Such services have become increasingly popular as users seek to avoid mobile carriers' SMS charges and expand their conversations to include devices not directly connected to cellular service.

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21 months ago
Between Verizon offering unlimited text messages and Apple's iMessage, I'm just not seeing the need for this app on my phone.
Rating: 41 Votes
21 months ago
Say hello to tons of ads on WhatsApp
Rating: 37 Votes
21 months ago
A billion dollars for an instant messaging app? How could it POSSIBLY be worth that when so many of them exist and how easy they are to make.
Rating: 31 Votes
21 months ago
This would change everything.

A billion dollars for an instant messaging app? How could it POSSIBLY be worth that when so many of them exist and how easy they are to make.

It's the amount of users making it worth.
Rating: 31 Votes
21 months ago
I was hoping for a Mac OS X version you can easily access from the row of icons at the bottom of the screen. It would have a new icon in the shape of a cartoon rabbit and be called 'WhatsAppDock'.
Rating: 27 Votes
21 months ago
Apple pays $200 million (estimated) for Siri based on "functionality potential". Facebook acquires Instagram for $1 billion and Google's rumored to bid $1 billion for a messaging app based on "amount of users." See the difference?

Basically Google and Facebook want to buy you as a product. Apple wants you to buy their products. This is a huge paradigm difference in the tech industry, and one (of many) reason why I purchase Apple products.
Rating: 22 Votes
21 months ago

A billion dollars for an instant messaging app? How could it POSSIBLY be worth that when so many of them exist and how easy they are to make.


A huge user base that already exists?

Although all my friends use whatsapp, I never installed it because I didn't know who owned it/would have access to my data. If this is true, I'll know who owns it, but I still won't install...
Rating: 14 Votes
21 months ago
Steps to early retirement

1. Make messaging app
2. Gain millions of users
3. ? Google/FB acquisition
4. PROFIT
Rating: 14 Votes
21 months ago
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Rating: 10 Votes
21 months ago
Three pages of comment and no one mention this:

Google is paying $1B for all YOUR PHONE NUMBERS!

Everyone uses real phone numbers to register WhatsApp, and Google is mining this information. Imagine sending ads directly to your phones. Scary.
Rating: 10 Votes

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