WhatsApp has touched a new milestone. Last night the company announced that its users are placing more than 100 million WhatsApp voice calls every day, or over 1,100 calls every second! “For more than a year, people have used WhatsApp Calling to talk with friends and family around the world. We’re humbled that so many people have found this feature useful, and we’re committed to making it even better in the months to come,” WhatsApp wrote in a blog post. Also Read - HalloApp: Two ex-WhatsApp employees develop this ad-free social networking appAlso Read - WhatsApp features: The one where it can get these cool features soon
This is quite an impressive statistic, especially when you consider that the feature was only rolled out last year. Though it also helps that WhatsApp has over a billion monthly active users. Also Read - WhatsApp will finally make joining a group call easier for us
These numbers prove that WhatsApp call is fast becoming the preferred way to communicate for people talking across borders. Without the hassle of international call rates, it is quite easy to place a call to your friend in any country with just a tap of a button. When compared to expensive international call rates, a WhatsApp call consumes around 1.3MB of data per minute.
WhatsApp founder Jan Koum recounted his experience and inspiration behind the calling feature. On a Facebook post, he wrote, “When I first moved to the USA, making a phone call to friends and family that I left in Ukraine was a frustrating process. You had to pick up a phone that was connected to a wall and hope that the person you were calling was near their phone on the other end. Years later, mobile phones began to make this a bit easier, but switching SIM cards and worrying about your mobile plan still made it challenging to call home. Since the early days of WhatsApp, we’ve worked to tear down the boundaries that stand between people staying. in touch with their friends and family. A little over a year ago, we made it possible to make calls using WhatsApp for those times when it’s important to hear a voice on the other end of your phone. Today, we’re proud that people are making 100 million calls a day on WhatsApp!”
As The Next Web points out, a competitor like Skype, which has been on the scene for a long time is likely to be far behind. While WhatsApp has over a billion monthly active users, Skype has somewhere around the 300 million mark.
Going forward if all the rumors are to believed, WhatsApp is working on integrating a video calling feature as well. If and when it does, it will no doubt be a huge hit, and may be the last nail in Skype’s proverbial coffin.