WhatsApp Users Make A Collective 100 Million Voice Calls Every Day
"Today, more than 100 million voice calls are made every day on WhatsApp - that's over 1,100 calls a second! We're humbled that so many people have found this feature useful, and we're committed to making it even better in the months to come," WhatsApp stated in a blog post announcing the 100 million calls per day milestone.
WhatsApp is primarily known as a cross-platform messaging service, one that now offers secure communication through end-to-end encryption, a feature that was recently added to the desktop app for OS X and Windows. Prior to rolling out for desktop, WhatsApp made end-to-end encryption available on mobile for both voice and chat, much to the U.S. government's chagrin.
"Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today's announcement means we're introducing third-party ads. The answer is no. Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from," WhatsApp explained in a blog post at the time. "That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight."
Where WhatsApp goes from here is anyone's guess. However one thing that's certain is that Facebook's large sum for the service no longer seems like such a crazy move.