WhatsApp’s WhatSim is here

The cross-platform mobile messaging app WhatsApp that lets you exchange messages without SMS fees has just got better. WhatSim is the first WhatsApp sim card that allows you to make chat to your contacts for free and without limits. Sounds unbelievable right?

It’s true. For as little as £7.50 a year the new sim allows you to keep in touch with your friends, colleagues and family anywhere in the world, and you don’t need the internet to call. WhatSim connects in over 150 countries and will work on over 400 network operators across the world.

The sim’s inventor, Italian telecom entrepreneur Manuel Zanella, is the founder of the virtual network operator Zeromobile and the first shipper of wearable technology ‘i’m Watch’ – the world’s first smartwatch.

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging app, having gathered about 700 million users after its takeover by Facebook. The messaging app’s active users already swap a whopping 30 billion messages daily; which, in contrast to the retro SMS text messaging, poses a threat to mobile operators, as classic texting continually plummets due to smartphone messaging apps.

“It sounds really cool [great]. It would be interesting to see how it will work though”, graphic designer Latoya Gayle from Manchester said upon hearing the news.

When using WhatsApp, users require an internet connection, either through data from their mobile network provider or Wi-Fi. WhatSim will not require the internet and will switch to the strongest available network provider, upon which it will connect your call to your contacts. Just as with other sims, there will be additional charges for sending pictures or videos via text messages, but calling is free and unlimited for an annual £7.50 fee. In developing countries, WhatSim is to be available for £3.80 a year.

WhatSim will be available late February according to its producers at Zeromobile.

TNT News Yasin Chinembiri

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