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General information about WhatsApp
Founded in 2009 by Jan Koum and Brian Acton in California, WhatsApp Inc. can now look back on a rapid success story. The WhatsApp app of the same name enables users to quickly and easily exchange voice recordings, text messages, files, location information and contact details with one another. In February 2014, more than 450 million smartphone owners worldwide were using the service. In April 2015 there were already 800 million.

WhatsApp: The smartphone messenger is displacing SMS
WhatsApp has been at home on the smartphone from the very beginning - with drastic consequences for the long-time mandatory telecommunications service for transmitting text messages called the Short Message Service (SMS): SMS has simply become obsolete. WhatsApp was cheaper and offered more options than just sending text.

Facebook buys the instant messaging service
The success did not go unnoticed by large companies in the tech industry. Facebook finally secured the bid: WhatsApp Inc. changed hands on February 19, 2014 for 19 billion US dollars.

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