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      28.02.2014 19:34
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      A really popular messaging app for a huge number of platforms

      The idea behind Whatsapp is that you pay a small fee to be able to send as many messages as you want to your friends who have the app. The app is available for android, IOS, blackberry and windows phone as well as some nokia phones (s40 range i think). It works for not just text messages but also pictures and short video clips. In the future they are planning to update the app to support video calling which is the main feature that is missing from the whatsapp experience.
      I really like this app because it is so popular so all my friends have it and if you are on a pay as you go sim or if you have few texts in your contract you can use whatsapp for as many messages as you would like.
      When you get a message you will get a notification at the top of your screen which looks like the whatsapp logo. For me since I don't keep my mobile internet on all the time whenever i get a message I only receive it when i turn on my wifi when i am at home or when i switch on mobile data to check my emails. It costs 69p for one year, but the best deal is £2.60 for 5 years.

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        12.09.2013 11:34
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        An app that saves me a tonne on picture messaging

        ===What's up?===

        Smartphones have well and truly dragged me up to date with most of the world tech wise. I'm a big fan of them after a few years of them making my life that little bit easier. Not to say that I can't go without it, but I can at least see the plus sides of some of the things these marvellous pieces of machinery can do. The thing that really swayed me, though, was the introduction of a new format for text messages. They now read as conversations rather than having to go in and out of an inbox and outbox to see what had been said. "How could it possibly get better" I asked. "Whatsapp" the universe replied.

        ===What's that?===

        "Whatsapp" is an app that essentially outshines your phones text and mms messaging function. The programme is a messaging app that allows you to have free phone and text conversations and send free pictures and sound messages to others who also have whatsapp installed. Instead of using your text message allowance or call allowance it uses your data allowance, but the amount it uses is minimal. This means you can send pictures to people for free rather than having to pay for picture messaging. Finding it in the Google Play store is easy: type "whatsapp messenger" into the search bar and it'll be first on the list. The icon is a little green speech bubble with a telephone sign in it. It currently has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on the app store with more than 2.5 million people rating it a full 5 stars. That means it's a very popular app!

        ===Install===

        When you are installing this for the first time, it'll ask for your phone number. It'll send you a code via text to input and then that's you all set up. If you have had it on one phone and then moved to another device it can be a little temperamental in allowing you to set it up but it gets there eventually. Once you've set it up, whatsapp will scan your contacts held in your phone and populate a list of people in your contacts who also have the app installed. It really is quite simple. You'll also be asked to select a photograph and give a couple of name details so it can set your profile up. Everyone who messages you will be able to see the info, but it's nothing they shouldn't already know.

        ===Selective friendships===

        Your "Select contacts" screen should be the first one that you are met with after setting yourself up. this is basically the list of people in your phone book who also have whatsapp. This will show their name, picture and a little tag line if they have filled it in on their profile. To start chatting with them, you just have to tap the contact and you'll be taken to a new blank conversation page.

        Once you've had a conversation, you will automatically be taken to the "chat" page which will list the contacts that you've talked to before and have any conversations with them stored. Accessing the conversation is as easy as tapping the contact and it'll expand for you.

        Once you are in your chat, you can customise the backgrounds via your menu buttons. There's a little paperclip up in the top right hand corner that allows you to attach photos, videos and audio files as well as sending your location via Google maps to your friend. You can also take a new picture to send through this menu and pass on contact details that you hold in your phone book. Stupendously handy!

        If you want to call the person you are chatting to, hitting your phones menu button will give you that option and make the call. The quality is just as good as a normal phone call from a mobile too so I remain impressed.

        ===Whatstalker===

        When you are sending messages there are little symbols at the side of each message. A little clock will appear if it hasn't been sent yet. If it has been sent but not read, you'll see one tick. If it has been sent and read you'll see two ticks. You can also see when each contact was last using their whatsapp. This can lead to some people getting a little bit stalky with messages like "OMG WHY HAVENT YOU REPLIED?!?" and such. That aside, it also lets you know that someone has gotten the message which can put your mind at rest if you were needing someone to see some important info (assuming you can't get them on the phone or in person).

        ===Lets have some group texts===

        Another up-side of whatsapp is that you can have group chats. If you push your phones menu button while on the chat screen you'll be presented with the option to start a new group. I love this function as it means you can have a conversation with all of your friends at the same time. You can have separate conversations with everyone in the group too so adding them to a group doesn't limit you to using the group chat to communicate. This is great when you are arranging stuff with more than one friend or if you simply want to have a hilarious blether with your partner and his cousin (even if they do end up sending you horrid/funny photos while you are trying to work). Everyone gets in on the joke! Yay!

        ===Customise it===

        One thing I really like about this app is that you can customise pretty much everything. You can name your group chats and even use smilies in the titles or set pictures for each chat so you can identify them easily. You can even select what colour you want your phones notification light to flash when you get a message from whatsapp, assuming you want it to flash at all! You can also set it up so that messages pop up on your lock screen so you don't need to unlock to see what has been said. It just reeks of being handy!

        ===Wi-fi fail===

        The only stumbling block I have come up against is that for some strange reason, the app doesn't always like working on a wi-fi network. I've seen both myself and Allan having to switch to the mobile internet network to get messages to filter through or send. It's an easily solved problem but a bit of a nuisance. If the data usage of this app was higher it would be a real problem, but it isn't so I can't moan too much. I will however take a star off for this

        ===Sticky Subjects===

        The price of this app is a bit of a strange one and can be quite ambiguous. For the first year the app is completely free to use. Obviously you'll need to pay extra if you go over your data allowance but this app won't really contribute much to your usage at all. After your first year is where the strange things start to happen. Allan and I got the app at pretty much at the same time so we both came to the end of our first year within days. I got a pop up saying I could click and received unlimited whatsapp useage for life for free. I was more than happy to accept that. Allan got a message saying he had to pay 60 pence a year. Having had a look online there seems to be no reason or rhyme as to why some people get to have it for free after the first year and others have to pay. That being said, 60p a year compared to 50p per picture message is a bit of a no brainer. So, be aware that sometimes the app won't be free after the first year and sometimes it will. Odd indeed!

        ===The Verdict===

        This app really did change how I communicated with my friends. The most impressive thing is the free picture messaging, but it has so many handy aspects about it that it's really became an app I love to bits. The only slight downsides are the fact that you might end up having to pay 60p for it at one point and the weird lack of updating conversations that happens on wi-fi networks occasionally. Despite these issues, I'd say even if you have to pay for it, it's still a great app. If you don't have it, I'd definitely recommend it. Four stars out of five from me!

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          25.08.2013 23:19
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          A fantastic app

          **Introduction**

          So what is Whatsapp? Well It is an instant messaging system which works on all platforms. The client software is available for Android, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, iOS, Series 40, Symbian (S60), and Windows Phone. I have the app on the Android operating system on my Sony Xperia T and have had it pretty much since I bought the phone back in October last year. WhatsApp was released in 2009 and has a number of competitors but is comfortably on top when it comes to this kind of app. The app was designed by Brian Acton and Jan Koum (CEO), both from Yahoo!, and is based in Santa Clara, California. As of this month there are a staggering 300m regular users of WhatsApp.

          **Signing Up**

          This is a really simple process, All you need to do is find the app on your relevant store, As an Android user I use Google Play for my apps but you'd use another if you're on a different system. All you do after downloading is fill out simple details like your phone number and Name you want to use as your contact name and then all the people in your phone's contact book with WhatsApp will then appear in your WhatsApp account. You can add new people by simply saving their number on your Phone and if they have a WhatsApp account it will be added to your address book. This is simple and easy to use and means you can see exactly who's in your WhatsApp address book.

          **Background to me signing up**

          Over the past few years I have built a strong online base of good friends and have found that once you get to know someone online then you eventually reach the stage where you have become friends and that's when having their mobile number makes sense. I have around 10 or so good friends on Twitter and plan to meet them at Concerts and Sporting fixtures in the next year or so. I find Whatsapp to be a great tool to keep up to date with your offline and online friends at the same time. You can download the app for free on all recent mobile operating systems and communicate with people via the text message like system which also includes a number of handy extras which trump the normal text message. I was attracted by the extra features as text messaging can be a bit basic.

          **Extra Features**

          Those extra features are really what makes WhatsApp so usable and popular. Unlike text messaging, You can actually see when your friend was last on their WhatsApp account which is a great advantage when trying to make plans or when you have something you want to ask or tell someone. You can also make voice recordings and send files to your friends. You can also change your status to selected things to let your friends know whether you are available to chat or are busy etc. You can also edit this and make your own message which appears when someone views your WhatsApp account. WhatsApp uses your 3G, 4G and Wifi connections. It can cost quite a bit of money to sent text messages to people living in another country but with WhatsApp you can send messages for free which is another really big plus about the app.

          **Overall**

          This is a fantastic app which has some really great features and has a huge following of 300m people. I currently have 16 contacts in my WhatsApp and four of them are my Twitter friends and I am sure I will continue to add people from Twitter to my WhatsApp account as I have over 10 people that I consider to be friends. WhatsApp is free for the first year of use and then is only $0.99 a year from then on which is a real bargain in my view. It doesn't use up your text message limit which is great for those people who text a lot. This is a really fantastic app that works so well and the fact that you can add people so easily is another great plus point. All in all this is a fantastic app which is one of my favourite and most needed Apps.

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            25.08.2013 22:41
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            must have chat app

            Whatsapp is a really cool messaging app which runs on wifi/3G meaning you don't have to pay for messages from your contract or pay as you go credit. It's an instant messaging app which is super cool because you can chat to friends and send and receive messages in real time, it says "typing" when they are sending you a message. Not only can you send text messages, but you can also share pictures, videos, links to other fun stuff on the internet all via your smartphone! This app is support both by iPhones (Via apple store) and Android.

            The advantage of using whatsapp comes into play when you realise you are the kind of person with friends and family all over the world, or simply someone who likes to stay in touch whilst on holiday or travelling. Whatsapp enables you to chat and stay connected with your friends no matter what country you are in.

            The app has a wide variety of emoticons to choose from, so with the morning messages you can add a sun smiley and with the night messages some stars or moons. There are so many funny emoticons, you can really make up some creative messages from them!

            Your contact list is made up of your contacts from your phone book who are imported onto Whatsapp once you install the app (which for Android, is via the Google Play Store). It's free of cost for the first year of usage, and 69p thereafter. You get many reminders, but my service keeps getting prolonged so I haven't had to pay a penny. Considering how much money I've saved, even when I do have to buy the app I definitely will pay for it than not having it, it's become an essential!

            So about the messaging, once you send a message it shows a little tick next to it to say it has been sent and a second tick appears to say it has been delivered to the other person's phone (ie. their 3g/wifi has enabled them to receive it- sometimes they might not get it straight away if their phone/app isn't connected to the internet). Another thing you can see is when they were last online, all messages are sent with a timestamp, so sometimes you might see that they have been on the app and seen your message but not had a chance to reply. I know I often have my wifi on to receive the messages, but check them to reply at a later time so this might give an impression I haven't bothered to reply.

            But overall, I have extensively used this app on a daily basis, I love being able to stay in touch with friends and families all over the world. If I could change one thing, it would be to have increased internal memory on my current Android, because sometimes it says my space is running low and I have to delete some cache files and apps, but NEVER Whatsapp, Whatsapp stays!!

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              08.08.2013 23:30
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              A great app for anyone who likes to text, also would be appropritate for people at work etc.

              In this day and age the majority of us have smart phones. A smart phone basically being a phone with apps such as music players, the internet, Facebook, Twitter and so on which the majority of us need or may just want these days, I certainly know I couldn't live without a smart phone. One of the main apps I do use and have used on a few different smart phones now is Whatsapp and within this review I shall focus on the application WhatsApp available for smart phones such as new Sony phones, Samsung phones, I Phones, Blackberrys, Nokias and many more. An advantage of this app is that it can be downloaded to a large range of mobile phones unlike some messengers e.g Blackberry messenger which was only available on Blackberrys. WhatsApp allows people with different smart phones to contact each other using the same app.


              I am constantly texting whether its texting my friends from home or university or even my family and I may have unlimited texts within my contract but I still prefer to use WhatsApp to message the people who also have it. I also think it will be a great advantage to those of you without a large amount of text messages on your contract, or many on your contract. Though I do advise BE CAREFUL as WhatsApp messenger does use the internet which can be more expensive so make sure you are connected to Wifi or have internet bolt ons. Anyway moving on...

              What is Whatsapp-
              Basically WhatsApp is an application which can be downloaded to your mobile phone (If it is a smart phone that is) for FREE. You may be wondering what is an application??! Basically applications/apps are programs you install onto your mobile phone which make things so much easier such as messengers like Whatsapp is, image editiors, Facebook, Twitter and so on. So WhatsApp is a instant messaging application this application can be downloaded simply by writing WhatsApp into your app store or by writing it into Google and going on the official website for WhatsApp. Its easy enough to download and as far as I am aware of is free for a year though it does say it will cost 79p per year after this, if this is the case it still isn't an extreme price and I'd say certainly worth it anyway.

              What happens once you download WhatsApp?
              Once you download WhatsApp onto your smart phone the app will ask for your mobile phone number, using this it finds all your contacts which also have WhatsApp and places them all onto a list of contacts just like your contact book in your mobile phone. However this time they will all have photographs of themselves if they wish to do so and a status, again if they wish to do so. Now as this is an instant messenger you can give yourself a nickname if you wish or just simply have your name and you can upload a picture of yourself too. I personally believe this gives WhatsApp an edge to texting and makes it more interesting than boring black and white text messages, though that is a personal opinion.

              Once you've got your little set up its time to get chatting to your friends-
              Starting a conversation is simple, just click on the persons name who you want to speak to and up pops a screen with there picture at the top and this allows you to type your message to them and send it. A great advantage to WhatsApp is that you can actually see when that person has last seen your conversation as it tells you the time, so if someone is ignoring you, you will know! Though for those who want to be clever just don't click on there conversation if you can't be bothered replying for a while. Next to where you type there will be a smiley face which if you click it pops up with lots of different emotion faces such as smiley faces to people dancing to food to even road signs and these small emotions help liven up the conversation and make the app so much better in my eyes as I do love a good emotion here and there in my conversation and there honestly is one for every single mood you could possibly be in and want to express.

              Sending stuff over WhatsApp-
              As you may know it costs to send a MMS message on mobile phones.. I think 35p which in reality is steep for a tiny picture and I'd avoid. A great advantage to WhatsApp messenger is you can send photographs, videos, contacts, and audio clips FOR FREE. Therefore I find myself constantly sending pictures over WhatsApp and receiving them to. This is a great advantage and makes the app so much better, easier and more convenient than text messaging. Certainly a reason to download the app in my eyes.

              I also on my phone, the Sony Xperia SP can actually press a microphone button which is placed next to where I type and speak to my phone and it will type what I am saying rather than me having to text it say if I'm busy. Which is very lazy of me perhaps at some times but a great advantage again. Though I do have to admit sometimes it doesn't understand my northern accent and writes completely different words. I am also aware that other new smart phones are capable of doing this also.

              Group messages-
              A great feature of WhatsApp is the fact you can have group messages, I have a few of these with my friends and I do believe it would be a great advantage for businesses or people at work to use with there colleagues. Making a group message is easy you simply click your menu button and then new group and add whoever you want in the group then chat away and they will all be able to see the messages posted in that group chat and all post messages themselves. I believe this really is helpful and useful for planning events or in my case most of the time just telling people the same thing but in one go rather than copying and pasting or writing the text out twice.


              To round up-
              This app is one I personally would struggle without as I find it so much easier to contact people with Whatsapp and believe I can just send message after message like I am on chat on Facebook rather than sending one large message and having to remember everything like you usually would on a text message. I believe it is an app useful for anyone of any age who likes to keep in contact with people throughout texting and messaging. WhatsApp puts all your contacts in one place, is free to use rather than 10p a text or using your text messages up...but as I said above be careful with your internet because I know it can use internet and quite a bit so I'd just say be connected to Wifi as much as you can. I did mention this to EE when I was upgrading my contract and she did in fact say WhatsApp doesn't actually use much internet. Also this app I believe is extremely reliable, I never have problems with it freezing or not working which I have had with other apps in the past. Also regular updates are always available which your smart phone will inform you of when it is time to upgrade the app.

              The only disadvantage I could possibly pick at is WhatsApp does take a lot of battery up meaning I have less battery time and my phone lasts a full day maybe more before needing charge but I do use it a lot throughout the day and believe its a small disadvantage which is well worth it. I also play a lot of games and use many other apps on my phone so it isn't just WhatsApp taking my battery.

              I'd certainly recommend this app if it is available for your phone.

              Thanks for reading my review, I hope it helps.

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                12.11.2012 22:07
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                Excellent tool for keeping in contact with friends across the world for free.

                I downloaded WhatsApp just before I went travelling in India to keep in contact with a few people back home. As it's free to contact people using it as long as you can find some internet, it was perfect for me.

                I used it quite a bit while I was away and was very pleased with it. It's basically like texting people, but free of charge which is especially good when text messages were going to cost 50p each while I was away!

                It is very easy to find your friends when you download it as it connects it to your facebook account. The layout is really good when you are having a conversation with someone with messages in speech bubbles. Green for the ones you have sent and grey for the ones you have received. The ability to send pictures is really good too.

                You receive notifications whenever someone sends you a message which is great as you don't have to go into the app to find out whether someone has contacted you. It also displays tick signs on the messages to say whether your message has been read by the recipient.

                I now use it to keep in contact with a few friends who are travelling at the moment and it's a really great way to let them know things/find out what they're up to quickly and easily. Plus it's as informal as a text message, so much easier to read or write than a lengthy facebook message or email!

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                13.05.2012 13:37
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                Most popular instant messenger app around at the moment!

                When I first met my partner I was using this application absolutely 24/7. I have an iPhone and he has a blackberry so it was the cheapest way for us to communicate in those early days when you wanna talk to each other constantly via messaging. As an easy to use, quick, and easily accessible instant messenger service, talking to friends and family becomes easy to do globally as well as nationally and locally and I find my conversations continue throughout the day and night. 

                - about the app - 

                Whatsapp is easy to download from any app store for android phones and iPhone. It is more universal in comparison to blackberry messenger in that it can be downloaded to phones of different models and users can message each other instantly eg iPhone to blackberry, HTC, Samsung etc.

                - using the app - 

                Once downloaded, the app is straight forward and easy to use. As long as you have contacts in your mobile and they have the whatsapp application also, they will instantly be in your contact list. Sounds like a great idea, however you may Not want everyone in your contact list there! For example, I have my landlords mobile number in my phone and so they are now in my whatsapp list...slightly awkward! 

                - features of the app - 

                - The messenger can be used to send voice notes (recording an audio tape to send to recipient) so they actually hear your voice and what you are saying.  

                - Pictures can be sent, to the person you are having a conversation with. 

                - Can have a status which all your contacts will see when they open the app and go to their contact page. There are pre-set statuses like "busy" or "at work" etc or users can personalise their own statuses for people to read.

                - the app has a feature whereby when messaging someone you can see if they are online, and the message will Have 2 ticks beside it if they have read it. Alternatively it will say at the top of the screen next to their name when they were last online. This is tricky for those sly people who may like to pretend they haven't got someones message! The app will give you away!

                - users can create group conversations for an event or discussion. I have used this app before, and I believe the person creating the group conversation must be friends with everyone who is added, but the people in the joined conversation needn't all have each other in their friends list. Alongside this group chat option, it will not display when each person has been online or whether they have all read the message, as it is too complicated to list each person and whether or not they are all online. 

                - There is another option for you to email your conversation to a recipient. So if you have any incriminating conversations with anyone this will email the entire conversation from the first day you started exchanging messages on this app! Scary! 

                - costs -

                Having this application helps keep costs of a mobile bill down as it doesn't charge like text messages (although I have unlimited texts anyway). However, I would advise to exercise caution as it does use Internet data. I do not have unlimited data on my mobile contract services I have 750mb of internet a month so I can find some months I go over this limit, (this could be due to my use of the internet in general on my iphone and other apps such as Facebook, twitter etc) so where possible, I use wifi which won't be charged to my phone and whatsapp can be used to heart's content. So just to Keep in mind for others out there who may find a high mobile bill one month! The app has a one off payment of around £1.49 (for iPhone anyway) so considering how much usage you will get out of it, it'll probably be worth it!

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                  Simple to use internet messaging app

                  If your like me and you text a lot (and I mean A LOT!) then this app is really perfect for you. It is basically an app which allows you to send text message or do instant messaging over the internet with any friends who have the app too. It is available on Iphone, Android and even on Blackberry so there is really no excuse not to get it! It will save you loads of money because you can even send picture messages through it, which often cost a ton on most phone contracts.

                  The new version that just came out also has better interface and group messaging so that you can involve more people in your conversations, kind of like on facebook messager when you have a multi-person thread - really useful.

                  I find that I almost always go over my text limit because i have a really poor contract so the fact that you can send free texts over the internet on this is really great. The only thing is that sometimes internet coverage can be a little more temperamental than standard mobile coverage and the app may not work, but if its not too urgent its not a problem, and you can always use normal text every now and again if necessary.

                  The only thing is that you cannot pretend not to have got a text since the app tells the sender when you have read it and gives the time of your last presence online, but if you don't have anything to hide, you really have nothing to worry about. At any rate, you can read the jist of the message on the push notification when you receive the message and can choose not to open the app until later if needed. It basically works in just the same way as normal text messaging - except its free!!

                  The app automatically searches all the numbers in your phone for those that also have whatsapp so adding people to your contact list is easy. It also will create a text message for you to send out that invites others to join, so I have converted a lot of my mates that way.

                  You can also add on apps with emoticons pretty easily, so thats good and it automatically incorporates any other keyboards you have installed.

                  I have the version for Iphone and I never looked back, I always use whatsapp for texting or picture messaging and it saves me about a fiver each month, so the initial £1.50 I paid a year ago is made back pretty quickly.

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                  Easy to use messaging apps which are cross-platform; a must-have for all smartphones

                  WhatsApp is an application available on both android phones and iphones which allow you to send text messages, voice messages or photos to your friends (who also have the application installed in their phones).

                  Availability of the application
                  You can search for "WhatsApp" in the Play Store (for android phones) and App Store (for iPhones). WhatsApp is free for the first year for android phones and costs US$0.99 for iPhone. WhatsApp can only work on a smartphone so it won't work on iPod Touch.

                  Using the application
                  Using the application is easy, you just have to click into the app and see if your friend is using the app too. If so, you just have to click on his icon and you can start message to him / her. Apart from one-to-one conversation, you can start a group inviting different members to chat together.

                  The group function is very useful. You can either use it to set up a dinner gathering, where everyone can discuss on their availability and when and where to eat! Besides, it is good that everyone can reply at the time they like and all the messages will be listed under the same group chat. Every member of the chat can just check and reply at the time convenient to them.

                  What I like best is also the ability to share photos. I have a group chat for my family and everyone of us use it as a good communication tool. We use it to communicate with each other whether we are going home for dinner, share something interesting we see, etc. My parent especially like this. They say that they have a better understanding of our lives through the photos we have taken and share with them. They can also now share photos with other relatives easily! My parents love to see the photos of my cousins' new-born babies!

                  Apart from the sharing function, there are a lot of emotional icons which we can use. My parents are not good at typing (especially Chinese characters) so they tend to use the emotion icons a lot. The emotional icons are very cute and add a lot of fun to our conversation!

                  Popularity
                  WhatsApp is one of the most instant messaging apps in Hong Kong and almost everyone is using it! Friends will normally ask you to "whatsapp" them for photos, text, etc. Yes, "whatsapp" becomes a verb!

                  Points to note
                  Using whatsapp is so easy and convenient. However, you should note that WhatsApp requires a wi-fi connection or a mobile data connection for it to work. Sending messages or files through WhatsApp itself is free but it will use the data connection in your mobile phone. Therefore, you should check how much it will cost you to connect to the internet using the mobile phone before starting using WhatsApp. Having said that, it won't cost you much because sending a photo will normally just take 40-50 bytes.

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                  A great app to have - this may soon see the end of texting on smartphones.

                  Having recently got a Samsung Galaxy Mini for Christmas I decided to download Whatsapp because a few of my friends have it and I wanted to see how it works and how different it was from texting.

                  ~What Is It?~

                  Whatsapp is a cross-platform messenger app available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia. This app allows you to message any of your friends in your Contacts that have Whatsapp as well. This app uses 3G inernet or Wi-fi - if neither of these are available, your messages will not send until internet is available. If using 3G, the app uses internet from your contract, if you have one (it does this on my mobile).

                  ~What Does It Do?~

                  Like I have already said, this app is just like texting, but it is different. You can send your friends (who also have Whatsapp) text, videos, pictures, and audio files. On each conversation (or 'chat' as Whatsapp calls them) with different friends it tells you when your friend was last seen online, and if they are online at all. If they are messaging you, it also lets you see when your friends are typing.

                  As well as one-on-one conversations you can also create group chats, where you can choose friends to chat in a group and send messages to all members of the group, viewable to all members of the group. A group chat is limited to 5 people.

                  ~How Can I Get It?~

                  You can download from the app store on your phone. For example, on my Samsung Galaxy Mini I downloaded it from the Android Market. This app is also free of cost.

                  Overall, this is definetely a very good app to have and works out cheaper than texting as it just uses your internet allowance, as it does on my mobile.

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                    10.10.2011 13:00
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                    An easy and free way to communicate

                    When I got my I phone one of the first things that I was told was, "you have to get WhatsApp". But what is this WhatsApp I hear you ask.


                    WHAT IS WHATSAPP

                    WhatsApp is an application that can be downloaded on a number of different smart phones such as the I phone, Blackberries and Android phones.

                    The application allows you to send messages and photos to your friends for free over wi-fi or 3g.

                    USING WHATSAPP

                    WhatsApp is very easy to use and if you can text then you are going to be able to use this app with ease. Once you have downloaded the app you can go into it and tap favourites in order to see which contacts in your phone have WhatsApp. This is important as you can only use this app with your contacts that also have the app.

                    Once you have found who you are looking for it is just literally the case of clicking on there name and typing away. Once your message has sent a green tick will appear by the side of it, I have found that it takes just the same amount of time as a text to send despite having to us the internet connection. What I also like about this app is that you can tell when they have read the message as a second green tick will appear next to the message than you sent, there is nothing more annoying than people who don't reply to texts!

                    WhatsApp can also be used as an instant messenger as when you are in a chat with someone it will say under there name if they are online. This App can also be used to send photos for free. This is useful if like me you do not have picture messages included in your contract package. This again is very easy to do, all you have to do is press the arrow where you are going to type and select the chose a picture option.

                    WhatsApp can also be used to create group chats. Once again this is a very useful app if for example you are trying to organise a get together with several friends which can be difficult by text. By inviting everyone into the same room you can get the point across quickly and easily and be sure that everyone agrees on the plan!

                    Another benefit to using WhatsApp rather than texting is that it is free to send messages to people in other countries. I know with some mobile providers the cost for sending a text is just ridiculous so I am definitely going to be using this in future.

                    HOW MUCH IS THIS FANTASTIC APP

                    You can get all of this for just 59p which I think is an absolute bargain. When I was told about the app I thought well there's no point as I get loads of text messages with my contract but now having used it for a little while I have to say it is 59p well spent.

                    SUMMARY

                    A must have if you have a smart phone. I rate this the full 5 stars.


                    --also on ciao--

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                    A great app for free messaging and fun.

                    I heard about Whatsapp from a friend and was intrigued to find out what it was all about. It was easy to find and download from the android market and surprisingly it was free, not an option from the iPhone app store which charges 59p. The actual app has been around for quite a while but it has taken this time for people to recognise the advantages and download it; you can only talk to others who have installed Whatsapp. The phone I am using is a HTC Desire but I would expect little difference in the menu functions between most phones using the android system.

                    Whatsapp is similar to your standard messaging service already installed on your smart phone; instead of using the phone network it uses the 3g/internet network to send information. The main advantage of this is that it is a free service. Other advantages are that it will work in areas where there is internet access but no network coverage and it is also very fast.

                    On installing the app you will see a list of friends that are also using Whatsapp, you can write a little tag line to greet your friends with which they will see this on their contact list. To send a message you simply click on a friends name and start typing. When returning or pressing the back button you will return to a chat page which acts as the main app menu, it will show you the people you have been chatting to and the date this was. The pencil button is used to get back from this into the contact menu, you can also search down the chat list with the magnifying glass symbol. The menu button on this page also has these functions as well as a myriad of other settings, and a very handy option for a group chat. This is a great idea and is very good for organising events and get togethers, although it can be confusing at times.

                    Once you have clicked on a friend and started a private conversation the top of the page will show you a picture (if you have the persons picture linked on your phone), and a time when this person was last seen. The usual paperclip sign for attachments such as maps, videos and sound, is also here. There is also a smiley face that leads to a menu that allows you to add lots of different clip art images such as footballs and flowers to your text messages, very good fun!

                    Each conversation bubble has a little tick marker next to it, this will show one tick mark for a sent message and two tick for a message that has been read by the receiver. You can also see when a friend is typing at the bottom of the page helping you know when to anticipate a return message. The phones menu button in private chat allows you to either call or view the contact; you can also email, block or delete the conversation. There is the option to change the background wallpaper for the conversation and set a shortcut for it to the home menu of your phone. I found this extremely handy for some of my best buds.

                    All in all I have found Whatsapp extremely useful especially for chatting to one of my friends that often works in an area of bad reception. It has a lot of options for customisation and can perform many more functions than the standard messaging available on most phones. It is free, fast and fun so there's no reason not to give it a try. There is only one or two drawback's, firstly if you have little storage left on your phone you may have to delete a less worthy app because it will take up a medium 7.08 MB of phone memory, not massive but substantial, especially as my android 2.2 won't let me save it to my SD card. The biggest draw back is that not everyone has it, this stops you from getting in touch with them; this can always be fixed by word of mouth. I would also like to see a widget for my phones menu screen and perhaps a link for Firefox or other personal computer web browsers.

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                    A free messenger service for smartphones that can save you lots of money :)

                    WhatsApp is a messager service, kind of an alternative to sms, but free. It is available to all Android, iPhone and Blackberry phone users. You download the app onto your phone from the app store associated to the phone.

                    I believe the app is free to download for android and blackberry users, but for iPhone users it costs a one off 59p. This however, is nothing when you think about the money you will be saving by using this instead of sms. For many pay monthly customers, you may have unlimited texts and so don't have to worry about the cost of texts. I am a pay monthly customer and get 500 text messages a month, now thanks to this app, I do not go over that amount and do not need to pay Orange an extra £5 a month for an unlimited texts bundle, like I used to do.

                    I did use this app for a little while early last year, but some of my friends did not get my messages straight away and so would just end up sending them a text instead. I ended up deleting the app off my phone. However, towards the end of the year I noticed that this app was in the top 25 in the app store, and had excellent reviews. It now has 4 out of 5 stars.

                    So I downloaded the app again to see if it was any better from the last time I used it, as I had already paid 59p for it before, I didn't have to pay this again. It was now much better and my friends were recieving all of my messages, and there was extra features on that do come in handy.

                    Each message has a time stamp on and next to it either one or two ticks. One tick means the message has sent, two ticks means the person has read it. This feature comes in very handy, especially if I want a quick reply, and if the person receiving it hasn't read it yet I would know.

                    You can invite anyone in your phonebook to join whatsapp if they have a smartphone, and you do this whilst on the app. You can have a group of favourites and also set a status (a bit like you can do on blackberry chat) for your friends to see. The messenger service also allows you to send photos and audio for free. Many network providers will charge customers extra to do this by sms.

                    Overall, this is a must buy app to me, as it notifies me when I get a message, just like it would when i get an sms, there really is nothing bad about this app. It saves me £5 a month because without it, I would need an unlimited texts bundle!

                    I have tried a few other messenger apps available for the iPhone but this in my opinion, is the best one.

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                      A nifty little application that is available on most smart phones

                      When I was advised to download this application I admit I was a little unsure as I had unlimited texts so why would I need it? and then I downloaded it. It is brilliant for talking to my friends who are working abroad as it is free to send messages on it. Unlike BBM which I do love still, this also has the ability to allow me to talk with my friends on iPhones and Andriod, which can surely only signal the end of text messages soon. As I discovered on Christmas morning as well as pictures you can also send a receive voice messages - is there another application that you would require once this is installed. I really do not think there is anything else that you would need in order to stay connected to everyone wherever they are in the world, as long as you have both downloaded Whatsapp.

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                      An outstanding iPhone app.

                      We all love to talk don't we? Whether it's a good old catch up over a cuppa, or something a little bit more modern such as Facebook or Skype - keeping in touch has never been easier and with the increasing number of ways to do it, we're almost spoilt for choice. WhatsApp (see what they did there?), is another treat for us to keep in touch with our friends and family at our own convenience - and the cost of this? A mere 59p.

                      Ladies and Gentlemen, please may I introduce you to the wonderful world of WhatsApp...

                      WhatsApp is so much more than meets the eye; it isn't just an iPhone app, oh no, the creators of this app wanted to become a bit more 'universal' and break stereotype, therefore, this app is available to a wide range of smartphone users from iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia and Android. That's quite a range there wouldn't you agree?

                      As an iPhone user, the majority of my knowledge on this app is based around the iPhone app, however, after having (albeit brief) encounters with the BlackBerry and Android versions, I am at a good position to tell you that they're all the same, besides an obvious interface difference. WhatsApp is available to download from the app store for 59p and will take up a tiny 4.8MB of memory - in perspective, this is generally smaller than the average song. The BlackBerry and Android versions are seemingly free, whereas the Nokia app provides you with a free trial before giving you the option to buy it for around 59p. Either way if the highest price you can expect to pay is 59p you know you're getting a bargain, right?

                      The app has been placed in the social networking genre, which, could be somewhat deceiving for some of the 'Facebook haters' out there. This app is nothing, and I repeat, nothing like Facebook in any which way. You're not required to set up a profile with thousands of pictures, all the while acquiring a selection of 'friends' much like a school popularity competition. So if you're one of the people who avoids the likes of Facebook and MySpace like the plague then you can breath a sigh of relief. This app works solely from your mobile phone number, making setting up a technophobes wet dream. All that's required is your mobile number, that's it - promise.

                      Once you've entered your phone number the app will be given access to your phonebook (don't worry, this is nothing sinister) and will subsequently compile a list of all the people using the app in your 'Favourites' list. There are a total of 5 tabs that you'll see at the bottom of your screen: Favourites, Status, Contacts, Chats and Settings. All pretty self explanatory really. Favourites can be a tad deceiving though, as they're not necessarily your favourite people, they're simply the people in your phone book that utilise WhatsApp, however, like all aspects of a smartphone, this is fully customisable and you're able to remove anyone you so wish. Unfortunately, the app had to have its flaw didn't it? WhatsApp's flaw is the inability to block contacts. However, this isn't a major issue as if you don't like someone why would they be in your phonebook anyway? All that's needed is for you to delete them from your phonebook and voila (!) peace is restored once again. Guess what? You can even see who you're talking to (not literally, the app isn't *that* good), the app transfers your contact pictures as well, so when you're chatting to someone, their name, as well as their contact picture will appear at the top of the screen.

                      So what do you actually do on this app? Well, put simply, you text people. Sounds dull doesn't it? That's what I thought when I first downloaded it, however, this app is so much more fun than texting and as WhatsApp's slogan reads "texting is so 2008" texting is now (apparently) a thing of the past. Just like MSN was the 'in thing' 5 years ago, WhatsApp works from a very similar principle. It's more of a virtual chat than texting, as, not only are you able to see when someone has received your message (very handy), you're also able to see when someone is typing. This app is very intuitive and user friendly for this reason, you know exactly where you are with it all the time - literally, actually. If, for example you're planning to meet up with a friend in an unknown location and you've become slightly lost, your friend is able to send a map of their exact location, enabling you to transfer this to your 'maps' app on your iPhone, which will lead you to where they are. This is probably the best and most unique part of this app. Ironically, Facebook have now launched a similar thing where you 'check into' locations. However, WhatsApp did it first - so ner! Not only can you pinpoint locations, but you can also send pictures, videos, audio notes and contact details, all completely free of charge. I can't tell you how many times I've incurred charges on my, already hefty monthly phone bill through sending pictures and audio clips. This app combats that completely - only if the person you're sending them to has one of the specific smartphones though, of course.

                      The status tab, is where the app begins to be a tiny bit like Facebook. Not so much so that it'll put off users from using the app who aren't fans of the aforementioned social networking site. There are 12 pre-set statuses, such as 'available', 'at the gym', 'sleeping', 'urgent calls only' and 'at work'. These are the most widely used statuses, however, if you want something a bit more 'you' you do have the option of writing your own status update which will become visible under your name whilst you're chatting with someone. Speaking of Facebook, you're able to connect the app with Facebook, so people can see you're using WhatsApp and they can see your current status. There's nothing else this little feature does and personally I think it's nothing more than a sneaky marketing ploy.

                      What I really like about this app, is that, unlike MSN you don't necessarily have to be online to retrieve messages. If you're not logged into the app at the time that a message comes through, you'll be notified through a text message alert. iPhone users will be aware of what flashes up on the screen when you have a text and this is exactly what happens when you receive a WhatsApp message. The sender will of course be WhatsApp, followed by the person who's sent the message and if your iPhones message settings aren't set to private then you'll also get a little preview of the message. Clicking on the notification will lead you into the app to give you the chance to reply. When contacts are online there will be a little green circular icon next to their name, followed by the 'online' status. For people who aren't online there will be a date and time that they were 'last seen' on the app, which is great for guessing how much someone uses the app and whether you're likely to receive a reply.

                      The settings tab allows you to change the 'chat wallpaper', meaning when you're speaking to someone you can have an attractive background (on the iPhone) to make the app a little more aesthetically pleasing. There are also the usual 'help' and 'tell a friend' options that are pretty much standard on these sort of apps. There's also a link to your favourites icon, again, giving you the option of editing your list. Another great feature to this app is the fact that it's pretty much self sufficient. If you have a friend in your phonebook who has just downloaded the app, there's no need to add their details into the app as their name will immediately appear in your favourites list.

                      There is the obvious question of, is this app really necessary if you have unlimited texts in your phone contract, which so many people (including myself) do. My answer would be yes - it's an easy, quick and fun way of communicating with people and the fact that you're able to see if someone is online to read your messages, coupled with the notification that your message has been delivered and the other person is typing, I'd say this was much more sophisticated than a text message. Of course, not everybody has a smartphone and for those who don't you'll have to make do with texting, however, I opt to utilise this fantastic app to communicate with all my likeminded friends with this app and it's a dream to use - supremely fast and ever so simple. I've never once encountered a problem with crashes or messages not sending. Of course, a lot of the BlackBerry users out there will be dubious about this app, due to their own BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) feature. However, stating the obvious, that is *just* for BlackBerry's, WhatsApp is universal and for that reason I personally think this beats BBM hands down.

                      All in all I'd say that this app was fantastic. One thing to be aware of though, is that, unlike text messages, this app does require an internet connection, either 3G or Wi-Fi, which means that unless you've got an unlimited internet package included with your contract, then you will need to keep a track of your usage, otherwise a rather large bill may be on its way to you. The only other possible downside are the privacy issues. You're not able to log in and out of this app, meaning if someone clicks the logo they'll have access to all your chat logs and contact details, therefore it could be handy in a future update to utilise a password to gain access. That and a text editor, which, although not really a flaw, could give this app another upside in comparison with the simple text message.

                      Other than that this app is simply faultless and I suggest that all you smartphone users download it right away.

                      Highly recommended.

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