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If users want to continue using the messaging app, they will need to
upgrade their phones.
Expected changes coming to WhatsApp, which has more than one billion
users, will not be compatible with older devices.
By December 31 2017, the seven-year-old app will no longer work on
BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android
2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and the iPhone 3GS/iOS 6.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said:
'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.'
Adding: 'This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one
in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends,
family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.
'If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend
upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end
of 2017 to continue using WhatsApp.'