The Movement

WhatsApp

by
Fiona Boubert
Fiona Boubert | Jan 25, 2016 | in App Snap!

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. It uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing so there is no cost to message. You can also create groups and send images, video and audio messages.

Its great to use on the move and keep in touch with people. I put up an idea under Travel Disasters which involved a disrupted train journey back from Cambridge. Myself and all the people in my study group were in a group on WhatsApp so we were able to keep in touch, ensure we were all safe on our different journeys home, get advice on connections and generally keep our morale up.

Gill Chedgey Jan 26, 2016

Yes, I'm a fan of WhatsApp. It has got lumped into the social media bracket in some spheres which I have always found misleading as it is a very useful and cost effective communication tool.

Janet Bradley Jan 26, 2016

Very good use of this messenger service.

Jade Hewlett Jan 26, 2016

I have never used WhatApp but I use Tengi which is a brilliant messenger app. I use it to keep in contact with family and friends and as you use the app you earn tickets for a weekly draw of over 600 prizes of Amazon vouchers which is a great bonus. I have won £5 vouchers from the app quite a few times.

Katie Walsh Jan 26, 2016

Interesting - what incentives would entice you to use one mobility app over another? Would vouchers for coffee shops (that you are passing on your journey) and stuff like that be good - or are Amazons good because you decide what you spend them on? (Which is why we choose to use them on projects like this.)

Jade Hewlett Jan 26, 2016

I think any incentives are good, I would always choose Amazon over any other incentives because you can buy almost anything with them but vouchers for coffee shops etc. would be something useful that you could use whilst travelling and if you could get a discount or use a voucher and not have to pay for food whilst travelling that would make the journey better as sometimes food costs a lot whilst travelling as places like airports and train stations put the prices up a lot compared to if you were to buy the same on the high street. When travelling I don't always want the extra expenses of paying for over priced food and drinks so it would be good to have discount or vouchers for coffee shops.

Janet Bradley Jan 26, 2016

Just butting in.... if there was a mobility app sponsored by a travel company... say Virgin, I would accept points towards free upgrades on the train, or a free drink on the train, etc...

Jade Hewlett Jan 26, 2016

That's a good idea, those are good incentives as well. Anything that you wouldn't usually choose to buy is always good if it's free!

Katie Walsh Jan 26, 2016

Yes - maybe another one to bear in mind for the iIdeas phase Jrh2 - a budget food app (e.g. don't pay for something expensive in Cafe Nero when your app tells you there's a Tesco round the corner from the station - sort of thing) Asterx1 - you are welcome to butt in anytime!

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Jade Hewlett Jan 26, 2016

Yes, that would be so useful.

Janet Bradley Jan 26, 2016

I have loads of loyalty cards in my purse - Cooperative, Nectar, Tesco, myWaitrose, myJohn Lewis, Costa Coffee, etc, plus stamp cards for other coffee shops incl. McDonalds. I wonder if these could all be put in a wallet on your phone, and then through gps, it could tell you where you have the closest chance of getting a free coffee, or the best option for a meal deal lunch, etc

Katie Walsh Jan 26, 2016

yes - clever tie up, must be possible!

Fiona Boubert Jan 26, 2016

Your purse sounds like mine, I love being rewarded and saving them up and use discount vouchers as much as I can. Its amazing how many extras you can gain and also how much you can save

Jade Hewlett Jan 26, 2016

My purse is full of loyalty cards as well so that is a great idea, I always like to take advantage of the rewards that they offer.

Mary O'Connor Jan 27, 2016

I have a loyalty card for pretty much everywhere! Tesco and Costa are my favourites.

Katie Walsh Jan 26, 2016

and... trains being captive groups of people - I wonder if you could get special cheap tickets on certain trains that are like market research trains.. where you sample new products or fill in questionnaires or stuff like that. This Idea is totally irrelevant to this project I think - but hey, I'm just thinking out loud... Guinea Pig Trains

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Janet Bradley Jan 26, 2016

oooh, I would do that.... I'd happily sit an hour on a train and fill out surveys for a free ticket for example!! :-)

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Katie Walsh Jan 26, 2016

well, yes - I would do that too. Maybe whole train too much - but perhaps a guinea pig carriage! (carriage G). Especially good if you don't like reading a book or working on trains.

Gill Chedgey Jan 26, 2016

That's a really interesting idea, Katie and not so far removed from the travelling brief really. There's a lot of scope. The train company could have one dedicated carriage ( like the quiet zone) that offers reduced price tickets and potentially hosts a variety of 'events' including product testing, market research, charities could push their causes, I'm sure there are other possibilities. It could be once a week maybe that people could ride The Guinea Pig train. (And you book your seat via The Guinea Pig App!)

Mary O'Connor Jan 31, 2016

I am a member of loads of survey sites and get plenty of money back from doing it. I will do any survey going!

Jade Hewlett Jan 26, 2016

I would definitely do that if it meant I could save money on the price of a train ticket. It would also help pass the time which is always good when travelling and it would be good to try new things.

kate thacker Jan 26, 2016

gosh what a good idea. but very much again the brilliance of tech daunts me. that you could plan your journey and it could tell you what you could get free on that journey if you follow their app over another. again the big brother is watching and seeing everything!!

kate thacker Jan 26, 2016

what about if each app or system(unsure whats the right techie wording) could have an account. so if you chose virgin,trainline for the apps on the go you could havean account that could top up reward points. so then instead of all the vouchers flying around the eefer you could have your own account on the app to see "ooh im going here and have this sandwhich vouchr free"
or if they give you reward like a free ticket next time if you choose them.

Fiona Boubert Jan 26, 2016

I am a sucker for Amazon vouchers, they are so useful and you can save them up and buy things you really need but might otherwise not be able to afford. I am interested in other rewards too but Amazon is the best.

kate thacker Jan 26, 2016

yes I love amazon. and yes too getting vouchers is great because often I cant afford the things I want.

Fiona Boubert Jan 26, 2016

I had not heard of Tengi but it sounds great especially if you have a chance of prizes.

Jade Hewlett Jan 26, 2016

It's a fantastic app, I highly recommend it. It's always great to get Amazon vouchers for something you would have done anyway.

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kate thacker Jan 26, 2016

sounds brilliant. my mum uses and loves it.
can it be used at home on the free wifi for people without data plans?

Fiona Boubert Jan 26, 2016

Yes you can use it at any wifi point

kate thacker Jan 26, 2016

weve had some great ideas of this thread about an app to help and reward you on your journey if you choose their apps. whos going to invent it then!!:DDD

Neil Kennedy Jan 26, 2016

I have not used What's App as yet. There seems to be a lot of messenging apps now. I heard that What's App no longer charge you after the first year so that's a good incentive to try it.

Fiona Boubert Jan 26, 2016

Thanks I forgot to mention that they removed the charge

Denise Bennett Jan 26, 2016

That is so useful, I really am learning a lot on this site.

mark burns Jan 26, 2016

i use this and think its great, i use this to contact the kids as they cant get away with ignoring me as i can see they have read the message haha

Mary O'Connor Jan 27, 2016

Great for when you are away on holiday. Free contact with home.

Fiona Boubert Jan 31, 2016

Its great if you have limited calls or pay as you go

Hannah Smith Jan 30, 2016

I don't use whatsapp, but I know a lot of people that do. I don't really have much use for it.