WhatsApp Charging Fee for Users? - Internet/Facebook Rumour

25 Feb 2014 - Article No: 1818. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Hello, I. Am DAVID D. SURETECH founder of Whatsapp.
This message is to inform all of our users that we have only 53 million accounts available for new phones.
Our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking for your help to solve this problem.
We need our active users to forward this message to every single person in their contact list in order to confirm our active users that use WhatsApp.
If you do not send this message to all your contacts to WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts.
The automatic update symbol on your SmartPhone Will appear with the transmission of this message. Your smartphone will be updated within 24 hours, and will feature a new design; a new color for the chat and the icon will change from green to azul.
Whatsapp will begin to charge unless you are a frequent user. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and the logo will become red on your platform to indicate that you are an active user.
Tomorrow, we wil begin to take messages for whatsapp for 0.37 cents.
Forward this message to more than 9 people in your contact list and the whats app logo on your will turn blue meaning that you have
Become a free user for life.
Confirming this is the new icon WhatsApp ? ?
Send it to all your contacts to update the application
?send this to 10 people
To activate the new whatsapp calling for free version 4.0.0
100% WORKING!!! I GOT THE NEW WHATSAPP NOW... With free calls!!!
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Saturday morning whatsapp will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue and will remain free. (As discussed in the paper today. Whatsapp will cost 0.01€ per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise whatsapp activate billing.
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WhatsApp© All rights reserved. Broadcast this message to every single contact on your WhatsApp Messenger© to reset your account, sorry for any inconvenience.

This message is to inform all of our users, that our servers have recently been really full, so we are asking for your help to fix this problem. We need our active users to re-send this message to everyone on your contact list in order to confirm our active users that use WhatsApp Messenger, if you do not send this message to all your WhatsApp Messenger contacts then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts Symbol will automatic update in your phone,when you broadcast this message. Your WhatsApp will be updated within 24 hours it will have a new lay out and a new color for chat.

Dear WhatsApp users, We are going to do a update for WhatsApp from 11pm till 5am this to day. You if you don’t send this to all your contacts your update will be cancelled and you would not be alowed to chat
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Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with.

To become a frequent user
send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo will change color.
send this to 8 people to activate the new whatsapp
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Rumours are circulating the Internet that claim recently acquired instant messaging app WhatsApp are going to charge users per message unless they send a message to their WhatsApp contacts.

The messages claim that WhatsApp needs to calculate which users are active and that sending the message proves that they are actively using their account. The messages typically claim that once they send the messages, their WhatsApp icon turns colour, thus confirming they will not have to pay for the service.

The messages are totally false, and just the latest in a never-ending string of similar hoaxes that have targeted other companies.

Other similar hoaxes have claimed services such as Hotmail, MSN, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook will introduce a charge unless a user sends a message to their contacts.

Variants of this hoax also claim that the WhatsApp servers “are too congested with inactive users” which is another trait that has been used in past versions of this hoax.

The hoax works on the social engineering trick that once a user passes on the message, it is only then that they realise that the message was probably false, but by then it is too late and they have already helped propagate misinformation.

Other users employ the flawed and erroneous justification of “just in case” when spreading the message on without any sort of research.

Users are advised to avoid spreading this type of misinformation to their friends as it is completely time-wasting and helps in cluttering social networks with false information. No service is going to require its users to endure the tedious and inaccurate task of passing on a message in order to see which users are active, especially considering such services almost certainly have much more accurate and less-intrusive methods of seeing how active their users are.

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