WhatsApp becomes a virtual carrier in Germany with the help of E-Plus

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WhatsApp becomes a virtual carrier in Germany with the help of E-Plus

WhatsApp becomes a virtual carrier in Germany with the help of E-PlusNow Available for Download

It was only a matter of time before the over-the-top messaging apps got tired of upturning the mobile carriers’ SMS businesses and developed ambitions of becoming carriers themselves. WhatsApp is getting its own prepaid SIM card on Germany’s E-Plus, which combines unlimited WhatsApp usage with a small bundle of traditional mobile voice, data and text messages for €10 ($13.80).

WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum announced the partnership at Mobile World Congress in February, but TechCrunch and German media spotted the launch of the service on E-Plus’s website on Monday. The deal isn’t your typical mobile virtual network operator deal because WhatsApp isn’t supplanting E-Plus’s brand and selling voice and data directly to consumers. But the partnership is unique in that the prepaid service seems to focus on WhatsApp as the primary mode of communication. As WhatsApp rolls out its planned voice services this quarter, that focus could become even tighter.

We’re starting to see examples of messaging and social media companies working closely with carriers around the world. WhatsApp’s future corporate parent has led that charge. In the past Facebook penned deals with carriers like Orange to exempt its social networking traffic from customer’s data plans in its North African and Eastern European markets. And as part of its internet.org initiative, Facebook is working with Globe in the Philippines and Tigo in Paraguay to provide free or subsidized Facebook access to their customers.

In some cases OTT apps are becoming true MVNOs. In the U.S., TextNow started out as an IP messaging and VoIP provider targeting customers with iPod touches and other data only devices. But thanks to a wholesale deal with Sprint, TextNow has become an all-IP mobile carrier.

 


WhatsApp Messenger for Android 2.11.206 Now Available for Download

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WhatsApp Messenger for Android 2.11.206 Now Available for Download

WhatsApp Messenger for Android 2.11.206 Now Available for Download

The team of engineers at WhatsApp have just released a new beta version of their Messenger application for Android devices. As expected, they did not provide any information regarding the changes included in this updated iteration of WhatsApp Messenger.

Nevertheless, those who already have the beta version of WhatsApp installed on their Android devices may notice some changes that haven’t been mentioned by developers.

For the time being, we must assume that the new WhatsApp beta for Android brings minor bug fixes and small improvements, but new features may be tested as well.

It would have been nice if developers had released a short changelog for the update, so that Android users who opted for the beta knew what they needed to test and offer their feedback on.

Anyway, those who already have a beta version of WhatsApp Messenger installed on their devices won’t find the newest version on Google Play Store. The application should be fully compatible with all devices powered by Android 2.1 and up.

Keep in mind that this beta version of the application may contain bugs that will affect your user experience, so don’t install it unless you plan on offering feedback.

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Nokia Asha 501 update: New experiences walkthrough

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Nokia Asha 501

Nokia Asha 501

Nokia rolled out a new software update for the Nokia Asha 501 last week, with some big changes to the OS to offer a better all-round experience. Turn on your Nokia Asha 501 for the first time after installing the update, check out the menu, and one of the first things you’ll notice is a new icon – WhatsApp – providing a feature that plenty of Asha 501 owners have been asking for over the past few months. Tap the icon and WhatsApp downloads automatically. The app itself looks fantastic, and as with all the other features in the latest update, it’s particularly easy to use.

Changes to Fastlane

The changes run a lot deeper than that, though, and Fastlane is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the update. It’s now possible to remove individual apps and items from your feed, so you can keep Fastlane simple, uncluttered and filled with the features you truly love the most.

To remove an item from Fastlane, simply tap and hold, and then delete it using the cross at the side. It’ll still be in the main menu of course, but just won’t appear under that day’s activity on Fastlane.

Choose items for Fastlane

You can also choose which items appear on your Fastlane list, picking from: Alarm, calendar, calls, installed apps, messages, music, new photos, notes, radio, recent apps, recent web page, Bluetooth sharing and social networks.

My own favourite feature in the update is the new camera offering, which lets you swipe the lockscreen upwards to automatically start the camera – there’s no need for a dedicated shutter button for the camera,

When you swipe up you can open the camera, video mode or gallery, meaning there’s no more wasted time when you’re looking to shoot something exciting, or wanting to share things with friends.

I also love the fact that it’s now easier to navigate through menus, sharing content, moving or deleting as you go. Tap and hold a photograph in the gallery and a large, simple menu appears. Simply select the way you want to share it – via messaging or Slam, for example – and there’s nothing more to do.

The options are more intuitive than before, and it’s a lot easier to get to grips with if the Nokia Asha 501 is your first smartphone.