Can we pay for the WhatsApp channel after getting WhatsApp approval instead of paying the $99 reserved plan immediately?

Can we pay for the WhatsApp channel after getting WhatsApp approval instead of paying the $99 reserved plan immediately?

Yes, you could choose the on-demand plan with a WhatsApp channel and pay by MAU after deployment.
If you choose the reserved MAU plan, you will have to pay immediately as the reserved plan is for all channels including Facebook, and not a WhatsApp-specific plan. You could build your chatbot on another platform while waiting for the WABA approval.
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