Facebook will acquire popular mobile messaging app, Whatspp, for a total of around $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and $12 billion worth of Facebook shares. There is also an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees. Official News from WhatsApp & Facebook. Some of the gains for Facebook will be
1) Over 450 million people using Whatsapp each month, with 70% of them active on a day. Facebook will have access to these millions of users outside of its huge market of US. Whatsapp is highly popular in India, brazil & other Asian countries where FB’s messaging app is yet to make huge inroads.
2) Messaging volume approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume. Millions of Images are handled by Whatspp which is way less when compared to other mobile apps & also Facebook. It is for the same reason of Images, Facebook purchased Instagram
3) Facebook’s idea of becoming a mobile company fits with the Whatsapp’s mobile messaging app. The deal will help Facebook get millions of users at a very reasonable investment & also to have a global reach.