WhatsApp is destroying SMS in South Africa

Jamie McKane

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WhatsApp is destroying SMS in South Africa

South Africans have flocked to messaging apps due to the much cheaper cost of communication compared to legacy technologies like SMS.

Platforms that were popular in the past included Mxit and BBM, which allowed users to communicate with each other at a significantly lower cost.
 

Zoomzoom

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Actually I still sms people I don't know. I don't like adding people to Whatsapp just to answer an advert for something. I don't know them, and I don't want my number linked to theirs and all their contacts by FB and its tracking systems thank you very much.
 

ActivateD

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How is WhatsApp data bundles any different to normal data bundles? Also SMS died many years ago
 

ronz91

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they realised this now or just wanna mention it?!
 

Ivanr

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Actually I still sms people I don't know. I don't like adding people to Whatsapp just to answer an advert for something. I don't know them, and I don't want my number linked to theirs and all their contacts by FB and its tracking systems thank you very much.
People don't always have data or some people don't have smartphones, I still sms people because the msg gets delivered regardless.
We concur with these statements. We still prefer SMS/Text to ANY of these types of platforms
 

Chris.Geerdts

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SMS is mainly incoming - notifications, pin numbers, account balances etc, about 3x more unsolicited than requested
 

marine1

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In other news, water is said to be wet and fire hot. Obviously it has a use still but majority of messaging is though apps like WA and TG
 

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I only regularly SMS one person. He's an older member of my staff and uses a phone that cannot get WhatsApp.

A few other members of staff I'll SMS when they run out off data.
 

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Actually I still sms people I don't know. I don't like adding people to Whatsapp just to answer an advert for something. I don't know them, and I don't want my number linked to theirs and all their contacts by FB and its tracking systems thank you very much.
Agreed. But didn't think to sms. Noted.
 
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