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The reason why young people in the US hardly use WhatsApp and prefer iMessage

It is rare that one does not have WhatsApp in Spain. This messaging service has become important in the country, both for personal messages and for work. That also happens in many countries around the world, but not in the United States.

In that country, the one that has full control is iMessage. This affects even the social level, with young Americans judging only the color of the bubbles in their contact with that application. But why is this happening only in the United States? What makes iMessage so powerful in that country, let alone the rest of the world?

A question on prices?

There is no consensus on the exact reason, but in different corners of the networks there are talks of old SMS prices as a possible reason.

If you’re of a certain age, you may remember the “prehistoric” days of cell phones. One where the normal thing is to have a Nokia that you call, send SMS and play the snake game. A 140-character SMS is the closest thing to instant messaging we’ve ever had, and sending one costs a few cents.

In the United States, even before Spain, Sending SMS is cheaper or unlimited sending plans are sold out in those messages. This means that while in other countries they are slowly sending these messages, in the United States the public is used to sending such SMS.

The American habit of sending SMS almost for free and Apple integrating its service into SMS are probably two important factors.

So maybe the appearance of WhatsApp, a program that initially cost one euro a year, made this solution used more in Europe. Meanwhile in the United States it doesn’t make much sense to change to a new service when everyone uses SMS in exchange for very little money costing their operators.

Another reason that I myself heard from friends in America: iMessage comes preinstalled on iPhones, and the iPhone is the most popular phone in the country. You don’t need to download anything from the App Store to start sending messages to your contacts, it’s there. This is the benefit that Apple gets by combining the messaging service with the same traditional SMS.

Everything will change: the future of interoperability is marked by Europe

Now, this historical difference can change in a short time. In the same way that iOS 17.4 will offer us alternative application stores to the App Store, Courier services must adapt to new European regulations.

And that regulation is summarized in one word: interoperability. The European Union wants us to be able to send messages to different services from the application we want: if we want to send a WhatsApp from Telegram, that can be done. And vice versa, of course. Let the consumer choose which client to use.

And besides that, iMessage will be integrated with the RCS standard to send multimedia content to Android phones. Therefore, it is possible that at some point the client we use to chat from our iPhone will no longer matter.

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