As part of the “Digital Markets Act” (DMA), the EU wants to force providers of messenger services to open them up to competition. This would make it possible for WhatsApp competitors such as Signal or Telegram to receive WhatsApp messages and vice versa.
Of course, this idea has advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, compatible messengers could set new competitive impulses, on the other hand, data protection could be a major problem. However, this plays a decisive role for users.
The desire for the idea of compatible messengers is therefore very low. Survey results show: If you want to communicate with different messengers, you install more apps on your mobile device.
According to the survey by “Heise.de”, 37 percent of the participants under the age of 40 installed five messenger services on their smartphones. 50 percent of users have installed up to three different messengers. The remaining participants stated that they use up to two services.
The respondents have no problem managing so many apps on their smartphones, but 60 percent are concerned that their data will be passed on to third parties without consent if compatibility is compulsory.