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WhatsApp Messenger is an iOS (and other platform) messaging app that allows notifications to be pushed instantly. It doesn't require usernames or logins, using just your phone number as your unique ID. And, unlike some messenger apps, WhatsApp Messenger is always on. The download is fast and the install is easy.

WhatsApp Messenger has an pretty standard interface with a list of clients and a chat window for each ongoing chat session. A neat feature is setting up group chats and being able to share video and music with others at the same time. Since WhatsApp Messenger uses your phone number and can read your device's contacts, there's no need to add anyone. If they are in your phone book, you can use WhatsApp Messenger with them. Since it doesn't use SMS, there's no expensive text charges to international friends, either.

We've used WhatsApp Messenger for a few months now and it has quickly become a standard messenger app. The ease of setup, the lack of logins, and having no need for server accounts make it as simple to set up as possible. Especially if you're communicating internationally, you can save a considerable amount of money on text and video chats. WhatsApp Messenger is a great app.

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    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 4
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    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "BEWARE THIRD PARTY SPAM"

    January 14, 2014  |   By stellastar1962

    Version: WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone 2.5.12

    Pros

    Playground for SPAMMERS

    Cons

    SPAM playground

    Summary

    What's App does allow Third Party Spam to appear as if it is a message from What's App and it will end up costing you ... and no need for credit card details ... they just simply debit from your phone provider account ... be aware ... message came through as 19999922 ... and Oxergen8 Comms P/L ... as the Third Party Purchase on your bill ... deleting What's App ASAP..

    Updated on Jan 18, 2014

    In response to the third party purchase ... the company that supports 19999922 ... have acted in good faith and wavered the charges incurred.

    Not sure if all other third party messages received through WhatsApp would have such a good outcome.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Was great up until upgrade"

    November 19, 2013  |   By hpforester

    Version: WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone 2.5.12

    Pros

    Only if free. Mine is still free, but if I had to pay, I would opt out.

    Cons

    The new texting software they're using sucks. When two people in a conversation type at once, letters don't get picked up. The software suggests some obsucre weird words for autocorrect. Delete is a nightmare as it deletes lines of text.

    Summary

    Free app for me suits the purpose. For paid options, I'd look into other apps. Maybe Viber or back to Skype.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WhatsApp the best free cross platform messenger app."

    October 24, 2013  |   By rlittle66

    Version: WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone 2.5.12

    Pros

    No log in or password required
    Integrates nicely on all platforms
    No sms charges, or additional text charges
    easy to use

    Cons

    Have not found any cons to this app.

    Summary

    This is the best free messenger app on the market, other messenger apps wish they were whatsapp.

    Seriously this is the app to get.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "B E W A R E ! ! ! 20 mins after joining, H A C K E D"

    September 5, 2013  |   By vimmal

    Version: WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone 2.5.12

    Pros

    ... free ... for 1 year only ...

    Cons

    1. NO SECURITY ! 20 mins after joining yesterday [ in New Zealand ] my linked gmail account was hacked, for the first time , in Mexico . I have had this account for years . Luckily Gmail rejected the attack and instantly alerted me . Whoever the 3rd party was, that I opened my phone too, they are cracked by the Mexican Mob . B E W A R E ! ! !
    2. No VOIP .
    3. Automatically reads your address book and then " asks " if you want to alert your also-subscribed contacts . I bypassed this [ because I didnt want to ] but then they did it anyhow . All your friends are sent a stupid " HI , blah blah .."
    4. No user authentication .
    4.

    Summary

    DANGEROUS
    CHEAP [ but costs , eventually ]
    NO VOIP
    MUCH BETTER ALTERNATIVES OUT THERE .
    * * * * try LINE ! * * * * Millions of Chinese love this Taiwanese free app , WITH VOICE OVER !
    * * * * try RAVER * * * *
    AVOID ' WA' LIKE THE PLAGUE

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  • 1.0 stars

    "PERVERTS PLAYGROUND!"

    July 5, 2013  |   By JGirlNYC74

    Version: WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone 2.5.12

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing!

    Cons

    A pervert's playground!

    Summary

    I am an officer and I do not have this app on my phone but my mother in law does. A friend of hers sent her a video of child pornography that is being distributed within Whatsapp. It is VERY disturbing and I was appalled by it. I went to my local precinct in the Bronx to report this and was told to contact Apple. I contacted Apple who made a note of this and stated that they would reach out to Whatsapp. Apple also suggested I contact Whatsapp about this as well. The idea that this app can be a perverts playground is DISGUSTING! Perverts can show child pornography to the entire world and get away with it!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Massive security holes"

    August 25, 2012  |   By ekdikeo

    Version: WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone 2.5.12

    Pros

    Few. Very few.

    Cons

    This app is so popular because it has absolutely no security whatsoever. Anyone can take over your account at any time, and the whole major point of it -- that it shares all of your contact information with the whatsapp servers -- is a horrific, horrific security violation, not just of your own security, but of ALL YOUR CONTACTS. Using WA is a very, very, very bad idea.

    Summary

    Avoid this app like the plague, and tell all your friends to avoid it, as well as any other apps that transmit ALL OF YOUR CONTACT DATA TO A THIRD PARTY. Also avoid any apps that do not have ANY form of user authentication to verify that you are actually the person you say you are.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS"

    May 24, 2012  |   By magel_80

    Version: WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone 2.5.12

    Pros

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    Cons

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    Summary

    JJJJJJJJJDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

    Updated on May 24, 2012

    VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

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  • 5.0 stars

    "arash.sb/canada"

    February 4, 2012  |   By arashsaberyan

    Version: WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone 2.5.12

    Pros

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Cons

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    Summary

    aaaaaaaaa

    Updated on Feb 4, 2012

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's a good app"

    July 4, 2011  |   By nop4cnet

    Version: WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone 2.5.12

    Pros

    Can use sms any where in the place

    Cons

    Need GPRS connection to use it.

    Summary

    It's very good app.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's great!"

    June 15, 2011  |   By demonjilled

    Version: WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone 2.5.12

    Pros

    Works just fine

    Cons

    Agree with the others, should be free

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