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WhatsApp Messenger lets you text for free with extra features (pictures)

WhatsApp Messenger has only a few more useful features than regular text-messaging apps, but makes it easy to add locations, voice memos, and other information with a simple in-app menu.

Jason Parker
Jason Parker has been at CNET for nearly 15 years. He is the senior editor in charge of iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.
Jason Parker
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Useful location info

Quickly send your location to a friend that will show up right in the chat window.
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Great location tools

When your friend receives the location, he can touch it to bring up a full map with optional satellite and hybrid views.
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Voice and contact info

You also can quickly record and send an audio clip or send contact information without ever leaving the app.
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Extras to include

As in other texting apps, you can add photos or video, but WhatsApp also lets you send audio, contacts, and location with the press of a button.
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Audio screen

Touch an audio message and you can play it, share it, and view all media from a specific contact in this window.

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