The popular messaging service WhatsApp has launched for new platforms with a WhatsApp Messenger Windows Phone 8 app now available.
The app, which is also available for Windows Phone 7.5 users, went live for Windows Phone 8 recently.
The app has reportedly been optimised for Windows Phone 8 in collaboration with Nokia, although it is also compatible with other phones using the operating system, such as the HTC 8X.
As with WhatsApp on other platforms, once installed it will automatically find other users of the app in your contacts list, no matter what smartphone they have, so you’ll know who you are able to keep in touch with using the system.
Compared to the SMS (Simple Messaging Service) and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) options from mobile operators, it’s a considerably cheaper alternative for sending texts, photos, audio notes and video messages, including overseas. Using WhatsApp is free for the first 12 months, after which there’s an annual charge of 69p ($0.99). Messages can be sent over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G.
The Windows Phone update brings it in line with other operating systems, including Android, BlackBerry and Apple iOS. Earlier this month, WhatsApp was named by Apple as the most popular iPhone app of 2012.
So far, however, the user reviews and ratings for WhatsApp on the WindowsPhone site are more mixed than the high praise it gets on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. If you are a WP8 user, let us know what you think of WhatsApp Messenger on the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or via the comments boxes below.