A lot of times during holiday parties, I meet new people.

Afterwards, often a quick group chat is created to share pictures with all the people there.

Every goddamn time we come at this point again where this is done and since WhatsApp is nearly considered a requirement to function in society (Netherlands) and I refuse to use it and other mainstream media...

The moment that I have to explain why I don't use WhatsApp arrives, yet again. I don't find it awkward anymore but it doesn't improve the atmosphere and getting called paranoid for the rest of the party also isn't the most fun thing ever!

In the end I usually get the pictures emailed.

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    I just don't ask for the pictures. I never have that issue with semi strangers.
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    Well, be better. Sandbox it. Get a burner sim. Activate sandboxed application only on moments of sharing. Maybe even set it up on a android simulator. You are the geek, you control your own security.
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    @TheCommoner282 On my own hardware I'm just not going to use WhatsApp, both out of security/privacy concerns and principles, period.
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    How do you set it up in an Android simulator when it needs a SIM connection to stay active ?

    I'm reminded also recently in the news:




    • Nokia Symbian S60 after June 30, 2017

    • BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 after December 31, 2017

    • Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018

    • All Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019

    • Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020

    • iPhone iOS 7 and older after February 1, 2020


    So maybe one solution is to carry an old enough phone with you that you can just answer that your phone isn't compatible anymore. :-)

    At least then you will be called different names..
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    @Nanos you can have whatsapp on a device that has no sim card, but only one instance can be active for a given phone number. What do you even mean by "SIM connection"?
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    It's funny to see the other side, I'm tired of asking people why they don't have whatsapp, too.
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    @nitwhiz I don't use spyware.
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    The only way to reach my family is through whatsapp, yup the one that "made by shitbook" why the fuck they bought it?!
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    @nitwhiz Pretty much what @Root said :)
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    I've been told that WhatsApp stops working after a while because it checks to see if you have an active SIM in your device. (I'm guessing that matches the number you signed up with.)

    I don't know how long the period of time is between when you sign up and it checks.

    I'd love to use it my Android phone, only it hasn't got a SIM slot, and the only phone that I have which has a SIM slot, isn't an Android one. :-)

    This makes life difficult..
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    @Nanos I know people who use WA on their tablet without a sim card. Afaik it works until you activate another instance with the same number. What is a phone without a sim card anyway?
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    > What is a phone without a sim card anyway?

    A phone waiting for someone to add a SIM slot. :-)

    This is what it needs to look like..


    I don't have a hot air blower, so will try grinding the metal top off where I need to.
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    > Afaik it works until you activate another

    > instance with the same number.

    I might give it a try then, it was on my todo list, then I heard of someone having issues, so perhaps they messed things up by activating another instance with the same number.

    Does that mean, using it on another device ?

    Rather than, opening it a second time on the same device after having rebooted/etc. ?
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    @Nanos using it on anther device
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    Still waiting you to say "one year I drank too much" followed by "I woke up with whatsapp on my phone, wtf?!"
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    I had avoided WhatsApp for quite some time, but eventually I bowed to rescue what little social life I have.
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    @saucyatom I think (correct me if I'm wrong) that your case wouldn't be about principles then?
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    @linuxxx I avoided it out of principle, but it was simply the only option to stay in contact with people. Staying off it really wasn't worth the consequences anymore for me and I also use much worse services than WhatsApp (though I'm trying to replace them), so my principles are not enforced thoroughly anyway.

    On another note, funnily, when they announced the whole "by Facebook" branding, I only heard about negative responses to it. (which is a good thing)
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    @saucyatom Facebook seems to have a negative value as a brand lol
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