WhatsApp for Android

The now Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp has unveiled a new SIM deal in Germany. This prepaid SIM provides consumers with unlimited access to WhatsApp on top of agreed data limits. It's a milestone since this is the first time the popular service has partnered with carriers to sell a SIM package. If you're a massive fan of WhatsApp and use it on a daily basis, you may wish to read on and keep your eyes open for a similar deal in your region, should one be made available.

The German carrier in question is e-Plus. While WhatsApp (and other tech services/companies) have offered bundled deals with contract plans and SIM deals, this new offer allows power users to use the service they love without having to fork out for ridiculous data costs. Pricing of the SIM plan with WhatsApp starts from €10 ($14). Alternatively, consumers can opt to add an additional €10 to receive 600 credits that can be used for either 1MB of data, 1 minute of calls or 1 SMS.

Should the SIM run dry of credit, it's still possible to connect to WhatsApp and message others. However, there are still questions remaining. Such as: will this plan include WhatsApp VoIP services and will users still have to pay the yearly fee for the service? Either way, it's an interesting launch and one we imagine would do well in other regions too.

Source: TechCrunch


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WhatsApp pairs with German carrier e-Plus to launch new SIM deal


Here in Portugal, for 7,50eur a month you have a prepaid SIM with free Snapchat, Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Blackberry Messenger, iMessage and Facetime. You also get 500 minutes and unlimited SMS to all portuguese networks, plus 500MB for other apps. For 9,90eur you get 1GB and for 14,90eur you get 2GB. You just have to be under 25.

Yup, same here in Mexico. PrePaid and PostPaid plans with Telcel and Telefonica/Movistar (the latter was the first to introduce them) with similar 'deals' with unlimited access to Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp,and stock e-mail even if you don't have a data plan.

In India, such packs are available at very cheap rates for Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

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Sorry AC, but it sounds like what you were presenting as 'news' is a fairly normal thing.

Several countries in South America (i.e. Colombia) offer unlimited "Social Networks" packages that include Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, etc and that do not affect your normal data plan limits or even they might work with no data plan at all. So this is nothing new.