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APPSNAP: Whatsapp: For the user with friends around the globe

Three out of five stars. The name of the app may be straight out of the '90s but Whatsapp, a free messaging app for Android and iPhone, has some useful new features for those with friends around the globe. Whatsapp is a messaging app that connect...

The free messaging app Whatsapp
The free messaging app Whatsapp allows users to easily communicate with friends on every platform for free.

Three out of five stars.

The name of the app may be straight out of the '90s but Whatsapp, a free messaging app for Android and iPhone, has some useful new features for those with friends around the globe.

Whatsapp is a messaging app that connects with your phone number and allows you to send messages to all of your friends for free, regardless of the platform. Yes, it works with BlackBerry, Nokia and the Windows phone.

After downloading, users can view their phone's contact list and easily see who already has the app by clicking "Favorites." If a friend hasn't downloaded it yet, users can invite them to join via text message, email, Twitter or Facebook.

The app allows users to start group chats, send photographs, videos and text messages; and even share their current location (or another specific location) with their friends. After a message has been sent, one green check mark indicates the message has been received and two green check marks indicate the message has been viewed.

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For some added fun, users can go into the settings and select a personalized chat background and text size. Users also can set a standard status such as available, busy, at school or at work, or they can write their own personalized status like Facebook.

The best and most useful part of the app, though, is that users can send messages to their international friends without increased fees or confusion of international phone numbers.

In all reality, the app doesn't offer much more than the standard iPhone texting app. But, if you have friends with a variety of phones or friends from many different countries, the app is definitely worth a download.

Maki covers Arts & Entertainment and Life & Style for the Herald and can be reached at (701) 780-1122, (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122; or jmaki@gfherald.com .

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