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Briefly: WhatsApp hits 500M active users, Sprint domestic unlocking

updated 07:39 am EDT, Wed April 23, 2014

WhatsApp reaches 500M monthly active users,700M photos shared daily

WhatsApp has hit a milestone of half a billion active users, the messaging service has announced. The 500 million-user figure is 50 million more than it reported in February, when it also announced it was being acquired by Facebook for a total of $19 billion in cash and shares, with the service now seeing 700 million photographs and 100 million videos being shared between users every day.

WhatsApp (iOS)
WhatsApp (iOS)

Sprint making all devices domestically unlockable from February 2015

Sprint will be unlocking devices on its network for use on other carriers in the United States from next year onwards. Android Police spotted in the carrier's Unlocking Policy documentation that it is "working to ensure that all devices developed and launched on or after February 11, 2015 are capable of being unlocked domestically," as per the CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service. Existing device owners may not see any benefit to the change, as "devices manufactured with a SIM slot within the past three years (including, but not limited to, all Apple iPhone devices), cannot be unlocked to accept a different carrier's SIM for use on another domestic carrier's network," claiming it has no "technological process available" to do so.

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