Continue the support and improvement of WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 OS

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The official explanation provided by the company (WhatsApp inc.) where it is explained why it's going to stop the support and the possibility to use the communication platform WhatsApp on the operating system BlackBerry 10 OS states, among other things, as follow:

"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future."

This explanation which relegates the reasons of the app EoL, now set to the 31st of December 2017, merely to technical capability factors of the OS in question are not convincing. While this may have solid grounds while talking about Windows phone 7, Nokia Symbian and Android 2.x it does not make sense for a modern, technically advanced, widely used (also out of the smartphone business) real-time operating system like BlackBerry 10 OS.

I believe that, despite the limited market share of BlackBerry 10, profitable support and development under a little fee can be provided. This not only would make BlackBerry 10 OS users very happy about the possibility to keep communicating with their friends and family through WhatsApp by paying a monthly/yearly little fee. But this would make WhatsApp inc. monetize a relative amount of money which would certainly go far beyond the cost of the small development team needed to keep the development of WhatsApp in line with the other releases (Apple IOS and Android).

Last but not least this will work against the consolidation of a duopoly AppleIOS-Android which is not good for the consumers neither for human development. Variety in technology means freedom and strong impulse to research and development. Conversely duopoly leads to "cartels" like dynamics which on the long run benefits only the two big players and keep anybody else out of the game.

We kindly but strongly ask WhatsApp inc. to re-think their decision.



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