Source: WhatsApp360.com

Source: WhatsApp360.com

When WhatsApp was still ‘paid for’, it was just $0.99 per year. I type just because when it’s broken down into 12 months, it’s $0.0825 per month.

 
Some folks will come for my head on how some people can’t afford to feed in a day. I know that poverty argument and if you’re browsing on here with data, you should just board that argument in a sinking ship and let it sail to never-land because you’re on here…
 
…browsing with data exchanged for money.
 
Going Nigerian perspective at an exchange rate of N280 per dollar, we hit N23.10 per month and N277.20 per year.
 
Surprisingly and shamefully, I was on some forums and blogs and some Nigerians and other citizens of developed nations were strongly arguing if it was necessary for WhatsApp to be costed per year.
 
“Why should we pay for WhatsApp?” You should pay for using things except it’s an NGO-thing [NGO pays bills too].
 
“Can’t they make it free?” It’s almost free. How much do you pay for movies or porn per month?
 
“Imagine! We’re even helping them to populate their messaging service.” Populate? Reiterate, please.
 
And lots of bla bla bla without concrete reasons. But heaven damn it WhatsApp goes down for few minutes and humans go anti-business-folksy and abuse the hell out of a service that cost just as cheap.
 
I’ve been of the strongest belief that if you don’t pay for a service, you should as well shut up when that service isn’t delivered top-notch and if a service is paid for, you should shout to the heavens if you getting anything less than what you paid.
 
Goes both ways. Two sides of the coin of business.
 
Independent has it that, “It’s been said so many times: if you’re not paying for a product, you are the product.”
 
So the question now is, “If you’re not [going to be] paying explicitly for your usage of WhatsApp, how else would you be paying – with your personal details or…?”
 
Nothing is free on here, even friendship or your lovey-dovey relationship.
Written by Okwukwe

Writer + Entrepreneur + Designer + Creative Artist + Tech Lover + Firework Lover + Travel Freak + Retired Economist (’08-’12) = Okwukwe

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