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December 2, 2011

WhatsApp on Nokia Lumia 800

The Nokia Lumia 800 is a powerhouse when it comes to keeping you up-to-date with social networks.

While the messaging features on the Nokia Lumia 800 are already very good, here’s another way to let you know what’s going on with your circle of friends, WhatsApp is a cross-platform messenger that enables you to communicate in one simple way, free for the first year.

WhatsApp FREE for a year, $1.99 thereafter

Nokia Lumia 800 WhatsApp homescreen

Sending messages seems to be the preferred way of communicating between mobile phones these days. Anything that makes that process easier, quicker or even cheaper is obviously going to attract a lot of attention.

WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi connection to send and receive text messages, pictures, audio notes, video messages and your location to anybody else who has the app installed.

Related: Top tips for using WhatsApp on your Lumia

How is this different from the normal SMS service on all mobile phones? I actually asked the same question. What this app does is take your existing data plan or your phone’s WiFi to send and receive everything. This proves very useful if you’ve got a tariff that’s not bundled with hundreds of free text messages.

Nokia Lumia 800 WhatsApp homescreen

When it comes to setting up WhatsApp on your phone, it’s really simple. Download WhatsApp from MarketPlace right from your Nokia Lumia 800. Once downloaded, you’ll be asked to enter your phone number to set up and that’s it. WhatsApp registration ties itself to your phone number, so there’s no long winded creation of usernames. This also means that as far as connecting you to your friends, there’s no searching for usernames, either. It’s all really simple.

Once you’ve got the app installed, you’ll automatically be shown which of your friends are using the app as it hunts out your contacts list for phone numbers stored in its database.

On the Nokia Lumia 800, WhatsApp sits peacefully, running without you even noticing it until somebody sends you something. The push notifications mean that you receive the message in an instant, even if you’re not directly in the app.

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