WhatsApp for iOS Moving to a Subscription Model for New Users

TechCrunch:

The new subscription model would apply to new users, Koum said, and would likely follow the same pricing structure as its other apps, which are free for the first year and then cost $1/year, compared to the single, for-life $0.99 purchase that users make on iOS today. “We’re relaxed on dates, but definitely this year. It’s on the road map,” Koum said.

From the comments on TechCrunch and other sites reporting this, the only people complaining about them moving to a subscription-based model are current iOS users who won’t need to pay a subscription.