The disadvantage of data-based communication

 Whatsapp calling now arrives to iOS....

Whatsapp calling now arrives to iOS....

The recent annoucement of WhatsApp Calling got me thinking. If you are receiving a VOIP call you must pay for the data. In other words, unless you’re using an uncapped or free connection, VOIP means both caller and called-partypays, unlike traditional voice for which only the caller pays.
The average data required for a voice call is about 0,5MB/minute and (in South Africa) prepaid data rates are about 10c/MB (USD). Like most emerging markets, South Africans do not have any options for uncapped mobile data.

From BigAlmanack.com

At one point, you had to pay to receive text messages or calls on a mobile in the USA (thankfully something that never came to Europe) but gladly has disappeared. In time, the issue described above will disappear also - in the Western World, it's largely a non-issue already.

Neal McQuaid