WhatsApp will get “voice call function” in the second quarter of 2014, says CEO

The messaging application WhatsApp , recently bought by Facebook for $ 16 billion , gain voice calls in the second quarter of 2014, announced Jan Koum, co-founder of the company, on Monday (24).

With 450 million monthly users, 70% of them active daily, WhatsApp and KakaoTalk your competitors and WeChat have open holes on revenue of telecom operators in recent years to offer a free alternative to texting. Increasingly smartphone users opt for this service instead of traditional SMS.

“We are driven by the mission that people should be able to stay in touch anywhere and at an acceptable cost. Our goal is to be in all mobile phones in the world,” said the fair Koum Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona .

Koum repeated several times that the recent acquisition of WhatsApp for Facebook “will not change at all,” the overall company strategy and especially its privacy policy. No advertising will be added to the service, he said.