If you want an alternative for SMS on your Windows phone, one of the best choices is WhatsApp.
Why? It can let you do more than what you can with the stock SMS function. It allows voice messaging, group chat, and sending other kinds of media. What makes it better than other instant messaging apps? Well, it is lightweight when it comes to features. But it makes up for it with reach and stability. This app is compatible not just on Windows smartphones but also for Nokia, Blackberry, iOS, and Android. It boasts high numbers of downloads on a worldwide scale, and you can communicate with users from other countries without additional charges. The app is also tested as the least buggy of all the instant messaging apps out there. It doesn’t display ads, too. But that comes with a price: first year is free trial, a $0.99 annual fee after that. Well, it is still way less than what you will spend in most text plans, especially if you text people from outside the country.
So, you decided to install WhatsApp for your Windows phone. The process can be divided into three major steps: Download, Install, and Activate. Windows smartphones sometimes come with pre-installed apps. If you have this app already pre-installed, then you can just update the app if it’s not the latest version you have.
To download WhatsApp, follow these steps:
Make sure you have the latest update for your Windows mobile phone operating system. If you don’t, then do the update first. Next, go to the download page of the app from your phone. There are two ways you can do this: From Start, tap the Marketplace icon and search by typing the app’s name. It will be on the top results. You can also open your mobile browser. Type this into the address bar: http://www.whatsapp.com/wp/. This will take you directly to the download page. Now, all you need to do is to tap the download button and your phone will proceed with the download.
There is no hidden cost involved in this download. The app itself is free. If you download via WiFi or with a phone contract connected with a data bundle, there’s not much to worry about. Some people are reporting high data costs. This happens with contracts without a data bundle. Once the download is done, you can proceed with the installation.
You will see a prompt showing you permissions that you need to set for the apps. Set them according to your preference and proceed.
The phone will install the app. All you need to do is to wait. It only takes a few minutes.
You will be notified if the app is finished installing. Confirm by checking your Windows Mobile Phone live tile for the WhatsApp icon.
The activation will commence as soon as you open the app for the first time. There will be prompts for you to follow so it’s actually a walk in the park.
Open the application and continue by tapping “Agree and Continue”. You may read the terms and conditions if you want. On the next screen, select your country. Enter your mobile number. You will be asked whether you want a text or voice verification. Select whichever you prefer. When you receive the verification code, enter it in the space provided. The app is now activated and you can start sending and receiving messages. The app will scan your phonebook for contacts already using WhatsApp. Adding a contact is done simply by adding a contact on your phonebook.