In case you’re not aware (which is totally understandable, since most of us have Skype or Line to make Internet call), WhatsApp does have plans to have a Call Function. Last year, after being acquired by Facebook, WhatsApp has announced that it will be available in the second quarter of 2015.
We’re not too far from second quarter of 2015, but with people beta testing it, we’ll get to see first-hand on how it looks like. Here’s a call that a beta user made. Looks legit and cool!
While there has been no details on whether it will cost anything, WhatsApp’s base of 700 million active monthly user, which Business Insider calling it “insane growth”, might just grab a big slice of the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) market. The question is, how are they going to monentize this?
Most VOIP in the market now generates revenue through calls from a mobile phone to a fixed land line. Is this going to be the direction WhatsApp is taking? In any case, 2015 is going to be so different from 2014—we could well finally see the end of fixed land phone in residential houses. Remember how WhatsApp killed SMS?
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