WhatsApp is accessible on smartphones and desktops but it has also been available for a number of years on the KaiOS feature phone platform. As a result, if you want to utilize WhatsApp voice calls service, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a smartphone.
WhatsApp and the KaiOS team have now revealed that WhatsApp voice calls will be available on the platform as well. The feature is part of an update to WhatsApp on KaiOS, version 2.2110.41, which is available worldwide. WhatsApp COO Matt Idema noted in a joint press statement:
“We want to support communities who are on lighter operating systems in many places around the world.”
It’s worth mentioning that, other from the required app version, the only need for WhatsApp voice calls on KaiOS is 512MB of RAM. As a result, devices should be able to handle it just fine. Unfortunately, some KaiOS devices, such as the $17 MTN Smart S we reviewed a few years back, fall short of this need.
Nonetheless, this is a significant development because it reduces the entrance hurdle for WhatsApp calls from smartphones to far less expensive feature phones. To make and receive calls via the messaging app, feature phone users only require a little amount of mobile data or a Wi-Fi hotspot.