Check Out WhatsApp, The Texting App That Could Be Facebook's Next Multimillion-Dollar Acquisition

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WhatsApp is a instant messaging app that has been around for some time now.It’s consistently been one of the most popular apps on iPhone and Android because it lets you text anyone without eating into your carrier’s plan. 

(It’s very similar to GroupMe, BBM, and other popular group texting services.)

This weekend, TechCrunch reported that Facebook may buy WhatsApp to tap into the company’s network of ~100 million users.

If WhatsApp is acquired by Facebook, it would be interesting to see how Facebook ties the service into its own separate messaging app.

WhatsApp price varies depending on the platform, but it is available for Android (free for the first year), Blackberry (free), iOS ($0.99), Nokia Symbian (free for the first year), and Windows Phone (free).

Tap to open.

Once you're in, you'll have to let the app access your contacts. You'll also want to let it send you push notifications.

You'll need to make sure the app is connected to your phone number. This is how friends will find you.

The app verifies your phone number by sending you a code via text message.

The app automatically adds people from your address book who use the app.

Here is the favourites list. You can add anyone to your favourites list by hitting the plus icon in the top right. You can remove contacts by using the edit button.

We really like how you can set a status. We wish that this was a feature available via Apple's iMessage.

To start a chat with anyone, simply tap the compose button in the top right corner of your screen.

Here is what a message looks like. If you have that person's phone number in your contacts you can call him or her from this screen too.

We also really like how you can see exactly how much data the app is using. This is important if you're on a limited data plan.

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