UPDATE: Whatsapp is back.
A chain letter message currently circulating across the WhatsApp network has been confirmed as a hoax through the company’s official blog.
The message reads:
Hello, I. Am DAVID D. SURETECH founder of Whatsapp. this message is to inform all of our users that we have only 53million accounts available for new phones. Our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking for your help to solve this problem. We need our active users to forward this message to every single person in their contact list in order to confirm our active users that use WhatsApp. If you do not send this message to all your contacts to WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts. The automatic update symbol on your SmartPhone Will appear with the transmission of this message. Your smartphone will be updated within 24 hours, and will feature a new design; a new color for the chat and the icon will change from green to azul. Whatsapp will begin to charge unless you are a frequent user. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and the logo will become red on your platform to indicate that you are an active user. Tomorrow, we wil begin to take messages for whatsapp for 0.37 cents. Forward this message to more than 9 people in your contact list and the what’s app logo on your will turn blue meaning that you have Become a free user for life.
Confirming this is the new icon WhatsApp
Send it to all your contacts to update the application send this to 10 people To activate the new whatsapp calling for free version 4.0.0
100% WORKING!!! I GOT THE NEW WHATSAPP NOW… With free calls!!!
Another message being forwarded around the network has also been declared a hoax.
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.
The official response was “Please understand that this is a hoax and there is no truth to it.”
If you get either of these messages, the best action is to delete them.
Messaging service WhatsApp is down and for the past half hour or so users haven’t been able to send messages. The company has confirmed to BGR India that the service is indeed facing some issues and they are working towards fixing it. There is no word on how long it could take the company to restore the services.
When you open WhatsApp, it keeps trying to connect to the servers. It is quite similar to when you open the messaging app when there is no data connection.
Two days back the messaging service was in the spotlight for inking a deal with Facebook. In what is its biggest deal till date, the social giant acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion.