WhatsApp pairs with German carrier e-Plus to launch new SIM deal

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The now Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp has unveiled a new SIM deal in Germany. This prepaid SIM provides consumers with unlimited access to WhatsApp on top of agreed data limits. It's a milestone since this is the first time the popular service has partnered with carriers to sell a SIM package. If you're a massive fan of WhatsApp and use it on a daily basis, you may wish to read on and keep your eyes open for a similar deal in your region, should one be made available.

The German carrier in question is e-Plus. While WhatsApp (and other tech services/companies) have offered bundled deals with contract plans and SIM deals, this new offer allows power users to use the service they love without having to fork out for ridiculous data costs. Pricing of the SIM plan with WhatsApp starts from €10 ($14). Alternatively, consumers can opt to add an additional €10 to receive 600 credits that can be used for either 1MB of data, 1 minute of calls or 1 SMS.

Should the SIM run dry of credit, it's still possible to connect to WhatsApp and message others. However, there are still questions remaining. Such as: will this plan include WhatsApp VoIP services and will users still have to pay the yearly fee for the service? Either way, it's an interesting launch and one we imagine would do well in other regions too.

Source: TechCrunch

Rich Edmonds

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I'd like to point out that 2 major carriers in Malaysia (Maxis and DiGi) provide free unlimited WhatsApp access separate from their monthly data bundles. Cheapest SIM pack (from Maxis) with free WhatsApp access start from RM 8 (USD 2.5 equivalent).

However, users are still required to pay the yearly USD 0.99.