The instant messaging application WhatsApp is a really fantastic way to communicate with friends and loved ones, especially overseas. WhatsApp has been an economical solution for people who have many contacts internationally that they need to correspond with, as well as for people traveling overseas whose mobile carrier doesn’t function out of the country. The reason is that WhatsApp doesn’t use your carrier’s cell towers or even your data plan; instead, it uses a wifi connection to send and receive messages. This means that, as long as your phone can access the internet somehow, you can communicate with your friends from anywhere in the world. Best of all, WhatsApp is free to download and your service is unlimited.
Besides just having basic functions of an instant messaging app, WhatsApp has all the extra features you would want, such as picture messaging, video messages, audio messages, location sharing and even voice calling. All of this, without using any of your precious data and without the high cost of adding unlimited text messages to your phone plan.
If you don’t have WhatsApp downloaded to your Sony Ericsson phone yet, you will definitely want to do it right now. With over 800 million active users, WhatsApp has become the world’s favorite messaging app. Downloading WhatsApp to your Sony device is free and quite simple, but will depend on what operating system your phone uses.
Download WhatsApp for Sony – Symbian OS
Some of the older Sony smartphones use some version of Symbian operating system, and, although it might sound crazy, you’re going to have to download WhatsApp using the version made for the Nokia S60 series, which ran the same operating system. Sony Ericsson models that will follow this procedure will include:
Sony Ericsson Satio, Sony Ericsson Vivaz, and Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro
Before beginning the download procedure, make sure you have an unlimited internet data plan, and that your version of Symbian OS is either Symbian^3, Anna, or Belle.
Now, to download WhatsApp, use the internet browser on your Sony phone to go to www.whatsapp.com/nokia/. Just click the “Download Now” button to start downloading WhatsApp, and then follow any instructions on your phone to install it and set up your WhatsApp account.
Download WhatsApp for Sony – Android OS
Most of the newer Sony devices use Android OS, which means you just have to download WhatsApp from the Google Play Store just like you would with any other application. Sony phones using Android include, but are not limited to: Sony Xperia C3, Sony Xperia E1, Sony Xperia M, Sony Xperia Z4, Sony Xperia X10 mini.
Just make sure your version of Android OS is 2.1 or higher (depending on your version, you might need to use Android Market instead of Google Play Store), and then go into the Play Store and search “whatsapp” under applications. Tap on WhatsApp to go to its page, and then tap “download” to download it to your Sony phone. Follow the on screen instructions to set up your new WhatsApp account, and that’s it.
After Downloading WhatsApp
Once the download is complete, as part of the setup process, WhatsApp will automatically search your phone’s contact phone numbers to see if any of them are also using WhatsApp. If they are, they will be added to your WhatsApp contacts list without you having to do anything. Convenient, right?
Something optional to consider, if you want to be able to access your WhatsApp messages on the larger screen of your desktop or laptop PC, you can download a verion of WhatsApp to your computer called WhatsApp Web, which will synchronize with your phone version so you can toggle between them whenever you want. You can get started by going to https://web.whatsapp.com.
And now you’re ready to send messages to your friends all over the globe for free! As long as your Sony phone is connected to the internet, you won’t use any of your monthly data. With WhatsApp, the download and first year of unlimited service is totally free; after that, each year of the same great, unlimited service just costs $0.99 a year. So don’t worry about going over your data allowance chatting with your friends overseas. As long as you use WhatsApp, your messages are free and unlimited.