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There are over a billion WhatsApp users; here’s how to get chatting.
While it’s not terribly popular in the United States, WhatsApp’s billion-plus user base is very active everywhere else because it’s a great way to keep in touch with far-flung friends.
It’s easy to see why WhatsApp is so popular: it’s free to text and call as long as you have a Wi-Fi or data connection and it’s now even free to use. The IM-style service is more popular than the very similar Facebook Messenger, likely because it works on feature phones, which are common outside the United States, and because it isn’t tied to another service.
The two apps are tied together in another way. Two of the WhatsApp founders—Brian Acton and Jan Koum—were turned down for jobs at Facebook, but they made up for it two years ago when Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion.
Aside from casual communication, the app is becoming integral for industries in places like India, where hospitals are using it for everything from making sure medical professionals who show up to shifts to organizing heart transplants.
Whatever you’re using WhatsApp for, we have some tips that will help you get the most out of it.
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