imageOne of the most used feature on mobile phones today is the SMS. Everyone has a few contacts with whom they correspond regularly via SMS messages. Why pay for the sending a text message when you can do the same for free with WhatsApp Messenger?

WhatsApp is a free Phone-to-Phone messenger app that can be an excellent replacement for the SMS service. The app makes use of the internet data connection to send and receive messages. It works on 3G, EDGE or WIFI when available.

There is no limitation on the number of messages you can send and you can chat to your heart’s content. Another positive for this app is that it is cross platform and works on Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Symbian phones. So it really doesn’t matter which phone your friends use, you can communicate via this app easily.

About WhatsApp Messenger for Android :

On first installation of the app, WhatsApp links to your mobile number. You may change your device but the app remains safely attached to your service phone number. The app smartly adds all the WhatsApp users from your contacts to its contact list.

WhatsApp Messenger provides a nice interface for chat that can be made more beautiful by setting a nice wallpaper. The app gives the option to attach pictures, video, audio, location and contact with the message.

The app has nice set of of smileys to add the perfect emotion to the message.

WhatsApp Messenger - Individual and Group Chat

Group Chat Feature:

There is option to have a group chat by adding members from your contact. Currently, there is a cap of 10 participants in a group chat.

Status Updates Feature:

The status feature can be useful to inform your friends of your status without chatting. Just set as ‘in a meeting’ to let them know that you are busy or ‘battery about to die’  when your device is running out of battery.

WhatsApp Messenger - Set Your Status and General Settings

The general settings of the app show the details about your app, a detailed online help section and customization features for the app.

Offline Feature:

Your messages are saved if you go offline and will be waiting for you when you turn on the app or get back into the Wi-Fi range.

Get Recommendations:

Need a restaurant or a movie recommendation? Use the "Broadcast Message" feature, which allows you to send a message to your full WhatsApp contact list.

WhatsApp Messenger Settings:

The main settings deal with the notification that is triggered, when you receive a message.

WhatsApp Messenger - Group and Message Notifications

The settings for an individual message and a group chat message can be customized as needed.

Points to Note Regarding WhatsApp:

  • The app is free for One Year. After that, the app is available for a subscription fee of ($1.99/year – at time of writing this post).
  • There are no Pins, Usernames nor any need to Log In or Out – Always Stay Connected.
  • Unlimited number of messages including attachments. Even for international messages.
  • WhatsApp uses your internet data connection for sending and receiving messages.
  • WhatsApp is NOT compatible with most popular task killers. If you still wish to have a task killer along with WhatsApp, try Watchdog Task Manager that we reviewed earlier.

Conclusion:

There is a lot of competition in the market when it comes to messenger apps. Despite this, WhatsApp is expanding its user base and growing by leaps and bounds. The subscription fee is reasonable but WhatsApp will really need to be the best to beat the free messengers out there.

As far as the free trial is considered, WhatsApp is an excellent messenger and if you text a lot, it can go a long way in reducing your monthly bills. Try it out!

Download WhatsApp Messenger From Android Market:

Start a barcode (QR code) scanner on your phone and scan the QR code below. This will take you directly to the Android market to download the app. If you do not have a QR Code scanner app, get one from this list of Top QR code scanner apps for Android.

Download WhatsApp Messenger

Download from Android Market.

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