A cheap new phone could be just the ticket for your mum or dad this year, especially if the poor things happen to be stuck using the ancient iPhone 3GS or something running Windows Phone 7, Android 2.1 or Android 2.2.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp revealed that it will stop working on the systems listed above before the end of the year. Their time is almost up, so prepare yourself for an almighty headache as you try to explain the situation to your baffled parents this Christmas.
“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use,” it wrote back in February. “So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on some mobile platforms.
“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”
At the time, the company also said that it would end support for BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry OS, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 before 2017, but it's now moved the cutoff date back to June 30th, 2017.