WhatsApp was previously charging its subscribers $1 annual fees, but the founder has recently announced that this will be waived. Now when you sign up for the service, you will no longer be bothered by the annoying notifications requesting you to upgrade.
Jan Koum, founder of Whatsapp, made this announcement during the DLD conference this year. His logic was that there are many countries in which smartphone users are not able to use payment cards, and if he were to charge subscription fees they would no longer be able to use the services. This is great news for users in Pakistan who fall into the category of users who have limited access to payment cards.
The changes have now started to be implemented with many users receiving notifications informing them that their access is for life. However those users who have already paid up the fees will not be offered a refund.