WhatsApp extends support to old phones, gives you 6 months to buy a new one!

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WhatsApp has decided to extend its support to 6 “out-dated” phone operating systems. The popular messaging service had previously decided to stop supporting some old but still popular devices by the end of this year, 2016, potentially leaving millions of its users stranded as they would no longer be able to access the messaging application from their old devices.

The operating systems include:

  • BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7
  • iPhone 3GS/ iOS 6

WhatsApp made the decision to stop supporting these devices earlier this year as they felt the phones could no longer offer the kind of capabilities it needed to expand its features in the future.

Now, WhatsApp has made a U-turn on ending its  support by the 31st of December 2016 by adding an extra 6 months of  support until 30 June 2017 giving users a chance to upgrade their devices to avoid disappointment.

So if your device has any of the listed operating systems please look to buying a new phone in the next 6 months. WhatsApp probably made the u-turn as it realised its set to lose a large portion of its users in developing and 3rd world countries, maybe it’s time WhatsApp released its own cheap smartphone to make it easy for its users to get the right devices it needs.


  1. vonai

    that was true

  2. Agwo john

    am Agwo john please I forget my 6digit code and the phone is nokia e63

    1. blackberr

      With a name like Agwo you deserve to be stressed

  3. blackberr

    I rather lose Whatsapp than buy a new phone. Fuck you Whatsapp. Spy friend!! 8683620200 24C79077 BBM forever. I’m gonna buy a new z10 idgaf

  4. Busisiwe

    Plz help me to download my whatsapp

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