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

WhatsApp Lede

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

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Fuck Whatsapp ;) Use Telegram. And tell your friends that telegram ist such an good ab you can use it parallel on 5 Devices at The sams time.

I get speed test results that are good enough for me. (around 7Mbps, still faster than our connection at home; and also faster than when it says G or E)

Did anyone get the update notification? Because I did! And I don't know how because nobody is reporting that it got released. Any info?

I'm sure this is just the last developer update 8.0.105xxx... Don't worry, this is definitively no 8.1... Try it out! :)

it's true. even i got an update. using Lumia 925 in India.

however, the update isn't wp8.1 (i got dev preview on)
it's just a minor bump to "Microsoft Update 8.0.10521.155"

my current OS version is 8.0.10517.150

possibly a tiny fix before devies are ready for wp 8.1

let's hope that the dev preview starts to roll out soon!

Ah ok thanks! :)
Just saw that my current OS version is also 8.0.10517.150 so that must be it.
Bummer tho because i thought it was the 8.1 update :/

Oooh, nevermind that, I got it. Pre-paid option with unlimited WhatsUp. Bit weid, but I suppose it could be an option for some.

In Portugal, there's a carrier which lets you use whatsapp and snapchat "for free", meaning you can use it without making a dent on your data plan.

I wished that Vodafone pt had the same data plan.. I bought an Lumia 820 for 139€ last Christmas, and it's locked to Vodafone.. :/

I said April 10 because I emailed WhatsApp support last week, asking them when the update for Windows Phone 8 is coming, and this is what they said.

" Hey

Sorry for the delay, we are getting alot of emails, and we try to respond to them all.

As for your question about the WhatsApp update for Windows Phone, our developers are working hard and we will release it very soon, maybe even next week.
Please be patient.

Thanks for contacting WhatsApp support. If you have any other question feel free to ask us."

Both are miseries. One, waiting for WP8.1 update and two, waiting for Whatsapp update. But, both are promising and i hope it's worth waiting for! Can't wait. *cross fingers*

Ikr I am tired of waiting. I also emailed Edjing DJ mix music studio asking them when they will release app for WP8. And this is what they said;

"Hello!

Thanks for your support, we really appreciate :)

We are actually working on big updates for all OS (including Windows 8.1) but for the time being there will be no Windows Phone version of the app :(

It might happen someday, but not now!

If you need further informations, please let us know

Yours faithfully,
edjing"

No love for WP -_-

Can someone enlighten how one can use WhatsApp (background sync and all) while restricting data for other tasks in WP 8.0 GDR3 when I am on mobile data connection mode?
Well, Reliance India gives ₹16 WhatsApp and FB plans, but I couldn't figure out the way I could use this fruitfully without getting charged for other tasks or manually shutting every other task off :/

What do you mean by other tasks? Well if you mean by preventing other apps from background sync, you have to go to settings > swipe left > tap on background tasks.
Disable the unnecessary tasks.

Yes, I know that. I need those other background tasks when I'm on WiFi (read home). The problem is we cannot allow a particular background task when on mobile data connection while restricting others in datasense. These type of WhatsApp/FB plans need such setting in datasense so that user can take the unlimited benefit without incurring cost for other tasks. The only option now is to manually block and unblock when you switch from free WiFi to paid mobile data.

Seems like a good deal to me! Guess it works in the same way Facebook and Twitter don't use our data plan in some carriers here in HUEHUEHUEBRAZIL.

This is a very important development ... but ... why do these deals are always made with provides with the crapy network?

E-Plus only works good in cities and there also only if you are not sorounded with to much conctrete. I once lived in the center of Berlin in a ground level apartment; Friends visiting me, whom had E-Plus or O², where lucky when they had 2 of 5 pillars shown, but most of the time it was not possible to get any broadband connection and the cellphones constantly switched over to GSM or Edge and disturbed my speakers. Whereas I had Vodafone and had always 4-5 pillars H+.

WHERE IS the updateeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (hint : it's just said to be release in next week, next week again and.....)

Whats so new in this deal...
Here in India, Reliance offers unlimited WhatsApp usage per month, including all photo and video sharing at ₹16/month, and this offer is available since may be 8-9 months...