A friend has just recommended I install whatsapp so we can chat/message for free using the data plan. As I'm cautious and don't just install stuff when a non technically competent friend suggests it... I checked it out. What I found was a little shocking... for something that is supposed to be one of the top apps. All messages are recorded in a sqllite db file on the phone, and if gps is enabled the location is also recorded. Even if you delete conversations, the data is still retained in this database. But the worst part... everything, and I do mean everything... is sent over the network with no encryption at all. This is a nightmare for anyone who takes privacy seriously and I can't recommend it to anyone based on that... in fact I'd encourage people to delete the app completely. So... is there an app that does the same thing, but uses encryption and offers some privacy.