Mark Zuckerberg Dinner With Wireless Carrier Executives In Barcelona – Business Insider

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had dinner in Barcelona with several wireless carrier executives, many of whom are clearly terrified of his $19 billion acquisition of the WhatsApp messaging service. The event was “private” and many of its guests declined to identify themselves, according to Bloomberg.

They’re scared for two reasons: First, users can send messages for free on WhatsApp using wifi — thus completely bypassing the need to use wireless carriers’ expensive mobile phone data plans. It renders the wireless carriers’ traditional SMS texting services pointless, and removes Facebook and WhatsApp’s 1.2 billion and 450 million respective users from their text messaging ecosystem.

via Mark Zuckerberg Dinner With Wireless Carrier Executives In Barcelona – Business Insider.

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