With aim of providing another form of communication between WMSA members a ‘group’ has been set up on the WhatsApp Messenger service.

WhatsApp Messenger is a free messaging application for smartphones. Using the internet it primarily provides voice and messaging services. Also photographs and videos can be shared. Communications can be one-on-one or via a group. If you are a member of a group and you send a message to that group, all the others in that group will receive it. It’s likened to a forum or chat room. We can use it for informing others that you are going flying, giving an onsite weather report, sharing a photograph or video, item(s) for sale, etc.

As already stated the app uses the internet, so there are no phone charges (phone, text SMS). However, WhatsApp Messenger may incur data charges. If you have Wi-Fi access – at home or in a free ‘hot spot’ – this would be of no cost, but if you are for example up The Peak, internet access will be provided by your phone company, If you then go over you data allowance, charges will apply.

To use WhatsApp Messenger requires the installation of the app onto your phone. You can read about the app and download it on the WhatsApp website. Note: phones currently supported are Android phones, iPhone, Windows Phone, Nokia S40, Nokia S60, BlackBerry and BlackBerry 10.

Currently, the WMSA group is administered by Bob Flook and Andy Davey, so once you have installed the app onto your phone or already have it and now want to become a member of the WMSA group, please contact one of them and you will be added to the group.  Note: You also do need to be a paid up member of WMSA.