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WhatsApp is the #1 Mobile Messaging App in the World

Some say that WhatsApp is the the most popular mobile messaging app in the world. The app is now boasting one billion monthly active users. That’s more than Facebook Messenger, more than iMessage, more than LINE, more than Skype; basically any and all popular mobile messenger apps in the world.

Developing Economies driving growth

WhatsApp has not been the dominant messaging service in developed the economies of North America and Europe. It has had the most success in the developing economies of South America, Central America, The Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa as can be seen in the chart below:

WhatsApp regional penetration

1 Billion WhatsApp Users Worldwide

Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp raised a few eyebrows but since joining the Facebook family the user-base has actually doubled. 1 billion users worldwide now use the app; drawn to its affordability and features in a world more phones are being used less and less to make actual phone calls. Whatsapp also recently announced that they making the use of its platform 100% free.

WhatsApp growth to 1 billion

Charts via Statista

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