WhatsApp, the instant messaging application, made an announcement as they celebrated their 7th anniversary that will affect a number of Zimbabweans if the current situation is considered. The most popular application, to some the only internet they know, will discontinue support of the app on certain types of phones, and if you use that phone then you will no longer be able to keep in touch with your friends through WhatsApp.
As of the end of 2016, the following phone models will no longer be supported:
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
That means that if you have the following types of phones you have 10 months to get rid of it so as to keep using WhatsApp:
All types of Blackberry’s, including the Bold, Curve, Pearl and Touch. The full list of Blackberry devices can be found here, but basically if it says “Blackberry” it won’t work.
A whole lot of Nokia’s that run on old Nokia S40 software: Asha, X2, X3, C2. The full list of S40 running software devices can be found here.
Some more Nokia’s; those that run Symbian S60 software: C7, E5, Nokia 5530 Xpress Music, N97. It’s safe to say that if it is a Nokia then the chances are highly likely that it will no longer be supported.To check what type of a Nokia you have, simply dial *#0000# and if it matches any of the above then know that WhatsApp may be a thing of the past for you.
A bunch of Android phones; mostly the old and slow ones. To check what version of Android you have, go to Settings, System, About Phone and check the Android Version. If it reads 2.1 or 2.2 then plan for an upgrade by December 2016.
It looks like this type of phone is so old that there is nothing on the internet that speaks about it. But if you have a ‘Lumia Mango’ or when dialing *#0000# on your Nokia phone and it has Windows 7.1 written there, be advised accordingly.
So there you have it folks, these are the types of phones that will no longer be able to access WhatsApp at the end of the year.
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