WhatsApp users have recently started receiving a series of messages, indicating that WhatsApp will shutdown on January 28 , a monthly charge of $25 will be added to the monthly bill or the account will be discontinued all together and so on.
Apparently these messages have just arrived to the Middle East, whereas millions of WhatsApp users have already received the same messages on January 16,2012, which indicates that the date mentioned in the messages you have been receiving is out dated.
WhatsApp released an official statement on January 16, 2012 on the WhatsApp official blog below, confirming that all is well with the popular chat service and that they would neither shut their electronic doors nor charge admission to their legions of users.
Here’s the official statement from WhatsApp Official Blog
“ It is a hoax. Really, it is.
We have been getting a lot of emails and questions from you about this chain letter message circulating in our network:
“WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn Red to indicate a frequent user.”
Please understand that this is a hoax and there is no truth to it. While we are flattered that we made it to Hoax Slayer, we would rather work on cool new features instead of debunking silly stories like these.
UPDATE: this is a hoax message as well:
“Whatsapp is shutting down on 28th jan Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team”