Users panic as WhatsApp throws up Error status message

A few hours back WhatsApp started throwing up an Error: status unavailable for all contacts.

This was sufficient to trigger mass panic of users addicted to the popular messaging service and this has brought back several variations of the year old hoax chain message.

As you can see below is the error message for my profile. The same error message is displayed for all my contacts.

WhatsApp Error:statusnavailable

I’ve seen four different chain messages sent by people who really believe that sending them will make them permanent users!

Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings were real, the use of WhatsApp cost money from summer 2012. If you send this string to 18 different on your list, your icon will be blue and will be free for you. If you do not believe me see tomorrow at 6 pm ending WhatsApp and have to pay to open it, this is by law This message is to inform all of our users, our servers have recently been very congested, so we are asking your help to solve this problem. We require our active users forwarded this message to each of the people in your contact list to confirm our active users using WhatsApp, if you do not send this message to all your contacts WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all their contactsMessage from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team” WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i. e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn Red to indicate a frequent user. Am sorry had no option! And check now the status of every individual contact is showing : Status : error unavailable

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The rumours were true guys… as now u can see the status r unavailable…”due to over use of wats app the status shows an error. so we r planning to charge  you for usng wats app..” if you send this msg to all ur wats app contacts(2 ticks) we ll come to knw tht ur wats app is workng properly n u can use ur watsapp for free… pls coperate guys..!!

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Whatsapp is shutting down on 28th jan   Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team..:)

FINAL WARNING! If your WhatsApp status is error: status unavailable then you are not frequent user and by 5:00pm C. A. T WhatsApp will start charging you. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it..

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WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn Red to indicate a frequent user.

 

What should you do when you receive these messages?

If you receive this message from any of your contacts, do tell them that this is an hoax and this hoax has been confirmed by WhatsApp.

Do not forward it to anybody. It’s not going to make any difference to your account and it definitely will cause an unnecessary overload on WhatsApp servers.

Am sure the WhatsApp team is working full time to resolve this error message.

 

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