WhatsApp, the popular cross-platform mobile messaging service will be moving its iOS to a $0.99 annual subscription model, instead of a flat-fee purchase sometime this year according to TechCrunch. This move would bring the iOS app in line with its Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, and Windows Phone brethren, possibly having the first year of use for free, as it is on the other platforms. WhatsApp is currently one of the most popular messaging apps and eschews advertising in favor of a paid model.
WhatsApp CEO, Jan Koum told a Dutch journalist that the company is relaxed on dates, but the change will definitely come sometime this year. The good news is that if you’ve already purchased the app on your iPhone you should be safe from the annual subscription fee. If you’re looking for a desktop version of WhatsApp, look somewhere else. Koum has said that the company won’t be making a desktop version of its service any time soon.