Here’s something that was picked up on Facebook and shared with us on our Techzim WhatsApp Groups. Some people are cashing in on the WhatsApp calling feature that became active (well unofficially anyway) about a fortnight ago.
No, it’s not the return of the phone shop (although I know some will now be tempted to set one of those things up). Some enterprising individuals are making people pay for the activation of WhatsApp calling. The service is set at a whopping US$10.
$10! Without looking at the moral threshold being crossed by making someone pay for something that should be free, that figure is steep. This is, after all, more than double what street vendors or “real life app store” owners who offer WhatsApp loading, digital bibles and pirated mp3s charge for the installation of the popular IM app.
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Still, I have to hand it to these sort of opportunists and business people. They are really milking the internet, what with a Facebook page where their service is promoted. They have no marketing costs (except Facebook bundles) and the process itself just requires them to have the apk for the latest WhatsApp version.
Entrepreneurship is all about responding to a need, solving a problem and making something from that in the process. That’s something that these people figured out the moment that a lot of people started going around asking for help accessing WhatsApp calling. Even with all its challenges a lot of people are still keen on having access to it.