iMessage is swell and all, but it doesn’t play nice with Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. Bummer. That’s why Whatsapp is such a godsend, letting you get your messaging on regardless of platform or country without costing you a penny. Goodbye, MMS charges.
We knew Whatsapp was popular and all, but in an interview with BGR, they say that over a billion messages on their service per day. That’s insane. Want it broken down to the minute? That would be 700,000 per.
It makes sense. Data is becoming increasingly important to every smartphone user’s life, so why not utilize that to send messages and images instead of traditional SMS/MMS? Not to mention the low barrier to entry (69p on the App Store right now) with no monthly cost, and you can send as many messages as you want.
Apple of course offer a similar setup with iMessage, allowing iOS 5 users to exchange messages over 3G and WiFi without eating into their messaging plan. There are similar features to Whatsapp too, with a Delivered/Read status as well as an indication of when the other person is writing a message.
As much as we like iMessage, it does have its quirks and bugs, so our hearts really belong to Whatsapp. Sorry, Cupertino.