Free Voice Services Coming From WhatsApp In 2014

By David Cohen 

TwoTinCansString650What’s next for WhatsApp, following its acquisition by Facebook last week? According to Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum, the answer to that question is free voice services, set to launch later in 2014.

According to The New York TimesBits blog, Koum said at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday that starting sometime in the second quarter, WhatsApp users will be able to use their smartphones to make Internet calls, similar to services already offered by other messaging services, such as South Korea’s KakaoTalk and Cyprus’ Viber.

Koum said the WhatsApp voice service would debut on the Android and iOS operating systems, with others, such as Windows Phone and BlackBerry, being added at a later date, according to Bits.

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