WhatsApp is one of the new generation apps which created revolution in the chatting app industry so much so that the social networking giant facebook acquired it just to convert it into free calling machine. This new feature in whatsapp on Android platform is something which everyone was anticipating which is yet to be launched on IOS and Windows platform. Whatsapp offers the free calling facility to all its existing contacts over the internet, but is the free calling is really free or there is some catch behind it? This article will give you the clear picture of the facts.
According to the available details over the tech sites whatsapp uses cellular or wi-fi data source to make FREE calls over the internet. You can make FREE calls anywhere in the world using whatsapp contacts. In fact it is the free term which had fueled the debate of net neutrality bothering the telecom operators in India. But the reality is totally different, the research shows that whatsapp calling over the net is much more expensive compared the conventional calling. WhatsApp calls could cost you a fortune, says a new research.
The calls made via WhatsApp uses 1.3MB of data per minute on LTE / 3G network, however this number can fluctuate and go to as low as 600KB per minute, this means the monthly pack of your 1GB 3G pack could get exhausted within just 12 hours of talk time over the net, which is equivalent to just 11 minutes of conventional calling per day. This makes one thing clear that WhatsApp calling is not at all cost effective perhaps it could cost you much more than traditional calling. (Source: AndroidPit)
This is not an issue if you are using the unlimited wi-fi hotspot but if you are using the cellular data like 3G or 4G you can be rest assure that it will dig a hole in your pocket. The studies have shown that instant messaging and voice over IP app such Viber uses just 240kb data per minute. Voice over IP, which is available from a number of providers including FaceBook Messenger, Google Hangouts and Apple FaceTime, can provide a much-clearer connection than traditional cell networks and it could also be the cheaper option for free calling over the internet.