Answering how does Whatsapp make money, involves millions and billions so lets brush up our elementary mathematics.
According to US and Indian Number system
|COUNT||US NUMBER||INDIAN NUMBER||COUNTRY POPULATION|
|1 Thousand||1 X 103||1 Hazaar||> Vatican city|
|1 Million||1 X 106||10 Lakhs||> Cyprus|
|1 Billion||1 X 109||100 Crore||> Philippines|
1/7 th Worlds population
wanted to make something that wasn't just another ad clearinghouse. We wanted to spend our time building a service people wanted to use because it worked and saved them money and made their lives better in a small way. We knew that we could charge people directly if we could do all those things. We knew we could do what most people aim to do every day: avoid ads.This states very clearly how Whatsapp makes money !
we’ve simplified our business model so that all users on all platforms will enjoy their first year of WhatsApp service for free, and only pay $.99 per year after that. We feel that this model will allow us to become the communications service of the 21st century, and provide you the best way to stay in touch with your friends and family with no ads getting in the way.
Very well written Kashyap, but if that is the case and if 80% will pay Whatsapp, how-come nobody has paid to Whatsapp ! I never paid to Whatsapp till date and yet Whatsapp keeps extending my validity !
I certainly do not think that this is how Whatsapp makes money, there is something else, probably selling our data or something different ? You see they are getting banned in different countries now !