SMS stands for short message service. It’s the standard format for sending texts over cellular networks. But if you have a smartphone, your messages could be so much more! And so much less – expensive that is!
Say you want to send a billion messages per day without paying a cent out of your pocket. I don’t think that’s physically possible, but it’s theoretically possible using WhatsApp.
This app doesn’t use SMS, it sends instant messages over the Internet.
With WhatsApp, you’ll be able to send instant messages, pictures, videos and voice notes or group chat without using SMS. It uses your own phone number and integrates with your contact list so you don’t need a user name or PIN.
Whether you or your contacts have iPhones, Android phones, Windows phones, Nokia or Symbian, you’ll be able to use WhatsApp. That’s because it’s a true cross-platform, Internet-based service.
If your friends and family use standard SMS to send and receive messages, they’ll still be on the hook for regular texting fees depending on their plan. But for you, almost nothing changes except your cellphone bill!
A quick note about pricing: WhatsApp costs $1 per year after the first year, but the first year is free.