“ Messenger service app for smartphones. „
When I had to leave this country for more than 3 months, communication with my husband (then my boyfriend) was very difficult. Not only we had to deal with the time zone difference, but also with the limited options of affordable communication means. Texting or calling is definitely out of question as it would be incredibly costly, so whatsapp is one of the best means to keep in touch.
With me using iPhone and him using Android, choosing one messenger service which works well for both phone is a little bit trickier. Whatsapp is one of the options. True that it is not completely free, and I would have to pay but it''s only once for a lifetime. So I don''t have any problem spending a good quid for this product.
To start using your whatsapp account, you don''t have to give up your personal information such as your email address. You don''t need to register your data, because all you need is a phone number. As long as you have an active phone number, you just need to type in the verification code Whatsapp would send you to make sure that the number you registered to them is legit.
The server is rarely down. Almost never, I should say. I couldn''t remember having a communication problem with anyone using this messenger.
The feature is pretty basic. Some of my friend doesn''t like this because of the lack of cute things going on in this messenger service. Unlike LINE messenger, it doesn''t have cute "stickers" you could buy or exchange with your friends. The emoticons are pretty standard as well, and probably is the reason why the connection is more stable than any other messenger I have ever tried.
I am still using this messenger now even when I am living in the UK. Instead of texting, I just whatsapp (because it is free especially if I am using a wifi network).
I was first introduced to Whats App by a friend who said it was a good way to chat without the cost of texts. Interested I looked into it and thought it looked like a good thing so went ahead and Ive had it now nearly a year
The App is available to download through your Apple App store. I did pay 69p for it at the time but I believe it was being offered for free however this may have stopped now. However if its 69p or free its still worth buying
How it works
The app is similar to MSN instant messenger. The first time you use it I would recommend you go into your settings which is located at the bottom of the screen and change any details, for example you can change your "name" so it just reads Joe or Joe Bloggs etc and you can add a picture of yourself, again its up to you but its a nice touch. You can update chat settings to show your last time online, your notification settings and you can also block any users from here. So begin chatting, the chats tab is where you begin, if you are first time using this there shouldn't be any chats in here. To start a conversation click on the little box in the top right corner that is a square and pen, this will allow you to see who in your list of contacts has Whats App. When you have selected the person you want it will bring up that dialogue and you can type in your message. Once you have finished in the top left corner is the chats button, click on this and this brings you back to your main chats page where you can view all chats you are currently in. If you want to start a group conversation click on the new group button in the chats page, add the contacts you want to have a multiple chat with, they have to agree to be in this chat and it will state if they are part of it or not but it works the same way as the two way conversation.
Using it out and about
The App is very good because it allows me to chat to friends who have limited messages or on PAYG because it sends the messages through the Wi-Fi or 3G, this does however mean you need to be connected to this to be able to send messages. When Im at home and using my Wi-Fi I use it the most but its still ok to use in town or in a supermarket. Ive never had any major issues using it, sometimes it can freeze but it soon sorts itself out and I think this is probably down to me dropping out of the 3G zone.
Handy things to note
Once you send a message and it goes through ok the message you have sent will have a green tick beside it, when its read it has 2 ticks beside it. If you send a message and don't get a reply check to see if the message had been read, some people don't use Whats App often and so don't check for new messages!
With your own settings its good to have last on because this will also show you (providing they have the setting on) when your friends were last on the app. You will also need to look through your phones main settings on what notifications are set against the app, that way when a message is received to you your get a pop up notification about it, but if you don't want this you can turn these settings off.
I think its a really good app to have, I am on unlimited messages so doesn't impact my bills but for those on a limited tariff or on PAYG its a great way to stay in touch with less cost. Its really easy to use, afew days of use and your soon know what works for you and who off your contacts list uses it most. Definitely worth getting, especially if you do manage to get it for free.