Re: Easy fix: don't use it.
The original NSA charter allows the US to spy on foreign radio signals since the 1950's.
Interesting fallacy there: because the US government says it's OK for the NSA to spy on me as a foreigner it's "allowed"? AFAIK they still break local (read: non US) law if they do so. Of course, nothing can be done about it, but it ain't legal because the US says so (thankfully).
Huh? This is contradictory and inane. You say don't use free services, then point out it doesn't matter because your phone will upload it to them anyway?
Umm, no - read again. Use your finger and slowly follow the words on the screen. Spell them loudly if that helps.
What I said was that certain apps refuse to work at all unless you give them access to your address book, so don't use those (whatsapp is one of them, btw). I added that iCrap (the cloud thingy) also has a habit of first wholesale grabbing every scrap of contact and calendar data on an iPhone when you enable it, you can only deselect services AFTERWARDS (and you then have to zap the already collected data from the web interface). Do you get it now or do you need words with fewer syllables?
WhatsApp is no safer than Blackberry Messenger. You will recall India, Saudi Arabia and a few other countries who refused to let BBM work in their country unless the govs had back door entry into the data stream. The ones who didn't ask, already had access.
BS. BBM was reasonably well encrypted, so even server side you did not have access to the messages. Said keys are only in the hands of governments, whereas access to WhatsApp information is completely undefined. I presume you carefully omitted Viber because that would completely annul your observations: they will actually confirm it's all unencrypted if you ask them nicely.
Your grasp of technology, to be frank, is lacking. Your ignorance, more than obvious. Try not to comment on things you neither understand nor comprehend. It interrupts the adults when they're talking.
Your need for invective suggests frustration. It's not my fault she was laughing loudly when she rejected you, but that may correlate with your clearly demonstrated habit of reaching the wrong conclusions.