Tencent denies rumors that it will charge for WeChat services

There have been rumors saying that WeChat, a mobile phone text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent in China, will end its free service to users.

As more Chinese people are using WeChat to send texts instead of using traditional mobile message systems, ministry is looking into possibilities of having more than 300 million users   pay for the service, said Global Times.

“Now is not the right time for operators to demand that Tencent pay for its WeChat app, because Tencent has not commercialized WeChat and is still suffering a loss with it,” Sun Peilin, a senior researcher at consultancy Analysys International, told the Global Times.

Last week, Ma Huateng, chairman and CEO of Tencent, clarified that it was impossible that a WeChat user would need to pay for the services, said in an article on LifeinGuangzhou.

WeChat mascots. Photo from Flickr. Some rights reserved.

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