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Remember my post about Whatsapp Messenger a while ago?

Whatsapp Messenger which is very famous among iPhone and Blackberry users, has now expanded their service to the Symbian platform! It works like BBM on Blackberrys whereby users can chat among each other (now with people on other platforms) for free! Messages are sent using wifi/3G.

It’s an ALWAYS ON application like SMS. You don’t need to sign in to anything at all. Messages just comes like how you receive SMS.

The download link for Symbian devices is up on their site. Click to http://www.whatsapp.com/download/ and click on Nokia.

Here’s how the interface looks like.

For your information, currently Symbian users can only send text to friends. Transfer of images, audio and location is only available for iPhone and Blackberry (transfer images only).

Once installed, the app will look for other Whatsapp users from your phonebook and display them in the “favourites” list in your Whatsapp. You can then chat with them.

Tips:
- If you want to chat with your friend, make sure you have their phone numbers saved in your phonebook or else they will not appear in your favourite list.
- The app does not quit/close. It stays ON forever. This means it will keep consuming data (wifi/3G) so make sure you have unlimited data package or it will cost you a bomb.

Go download WHATSAPP for Symbian now! Remember to tell your Nokia, iPhone and Blackberry friends about this app so we don’t need to SMS one another anymore!

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Symbian users! Ever wished you can send text messages to your friends for free? Wouldn’t it be great if you can chat with your friends on iPhone and Blackberry for free? Soon you can!

Whatsapp Messenger which is very famous among iPhone and Blackberry users now, will be expanding their service to Symbian platform soon!

According to them, “WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messaging app which allows you to exchange messages with your friends and contacts without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is cross platform and is currently available for iPhone and BlackBerry and yes, iPhones and BlackBerries can message each other too! To send and receive messages, WhatsApp utilizes your existing smartphone internet data plan: 3G/EDGE (or Wi-Fi when available)”

Got the hang of it yet? I am one of the beta testers of the app for Symbian and I can say that it’s working very well even at beta stage. Check out some screenshots I took on my Nokia X6.

The app has to be connected to the Internet in order to work. Users can choose to connect to Wifi or 3G. Upon launching Whatsapp for the first time, we need to register our phone number so that your friends can see you in their Whatsapp contact list automatically.

The main menu of the app has 4 sections;

- Chats [all your chat sessions with your friends]
- Favourties [your chatable contacts... Wthe app automatically searches your phonebook for Whatsapp users]
- Contacts [your full phonebook contacts]
- Status [you can change your status to let your friends know if you are free to talk or not]

[LEFT] Status screen, you can select one of the preset statuses or set your own.
[RIGHT] List of conversations with your friends.

FYI, Whatsapp is “always-on”. That means there is no way to quit the app. It is always on cos it tries to mimic SMS… which is always available. You do not need to login to chat. Everytime you get a message, you will see a popup on the screen.

Whatsapp will soon be available in the OVI Store. Wait for it cos it is the most awesome thing to happen on mobile phones.

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