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Spanish carriers join to launch GSMA's communication app 'joyn' nationwide, starting on Android

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In a move that will draw a lot more attention to joyn, the consumer-facing ‘rich communications’ service and brand conceived by global mobile industry trade body and event organizer GSMA, Spain’s three leading mobile network operators have released it nationwide today. Orange, Vodafone and Movistar (Telefònica) are jointly introducing joyn...
Spanish carriers join to launch GSMA's communication app 'joyn' nationwide, starting on Android

Why mobile must solve its data dilemma – or die

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As little as 18 months ago, mobile VoIP and IP messaging apps were considered niche by operators. Now we pose the biggest “threat” the industry has even seen. In fact, a Telco 2.0 report suggests that within three years, 40 percent of messaging and 21 percent of voice revenues will...
Why mobile must solve its data dilemma – or die

Saudi Arabian Government Mulls Ban Of WhatsApp, Skype And Viber Over Regulatory Requirements

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Saudi Arabia is looking at a potential block of services including WhatsApp, Skype and Viber that allow VOiP, messaging and real-time chat according to the country’s official press agency (via CNET). The potential service blockage is a response to these apps not adhering to regulatory requirements put in place by...
Saudi Arabian Government Mulls Ban Of WhatsApp, Skype And Viber Over Regulatory Requirements

Comparing BlackBerry Messenger to WhatsApp and Viber

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BlackBerry Messenger is heading to Android and iOS this summer. We see how it stacks up against similar services WhatsApp and Viber. [Read more]...
Comparing BlackBerry Messenger to WhatsApp and Viber
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Mobile messaging service LINE opens new office in Taiwan to help grow its international userbase

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LINE, a cross-platform mobile messaging app with more than 160 million registered users, is doubling its efforts in Taiwan by opening a new office and kicking off a fresh recruitment drive in the region. Cindy Park, Manager of LINE Business Office, was quoted at a promotional event in Taipei by Focus...
Mobile messaging service LINE opens new office in Taiwan to help grow its international userbase

China Mobile targets overseas growth as it prepares to launch a mobile Skype competitor

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SMS is being driven out the door in China, and the country’s three major operators are feeling the pinch. Against the backdrop of the threat of messaging and VoIP apps – among them Whatsapp, WeChat, Line, Skype, Tango – China Mobile, the world largest mobile operator, is taking matters into...
China Mobile targets overseas growth as it prepares to launch a mobile Skype competitor

O2's TU Go software spreads your phone number across multiple devices

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Between Skype, Google Voice, Viber and several smaller players, there are plenty of platform-agnostic services vying to put your voice through their IP (get it?), and now UK carrier O2 is introducing us to its twist on multi-device communication with TU Go. It's like a marriage of the traditional...
O2's TU Go software spreads your phone number across multiple devices

Viber's VoIP iPhone, Android apps updated with enhanced UI, group messaging and more

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It's safe to say Viber's VoIP applications have been somewhat of a hit since the early days on Android and iPhone. Now, looking to build up on that humble success, Viber's updating these apps to version 2.2, bringing with it a fresh group messaging feature, improvements to the voice...
Viber's VoIP iPhone, Android apps updated with enhanced UI, group messaging and more
Facebook quietly brings voice calls to U.S. iPhone owners
How Mobile Startups Are Taking Revenue From Carriers

BlackBerry 10 reaches the 100,000 app mark, adds Amazon Kindle today

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While it's still got some distance to make up, BlackBerry has swiftly reached a milestone of sorts -- its first 100,000 apps. According to the announcement, BB10 has notched up over 30,000 new games and apps over the last seven weeks, all before it's even entered the USA. Notable...
BlackBerry 10 reaches the 100,000 app mark, adds Amazon Kindle today
Viber VoIP app for Android and iOS updated with group messaging and improved iPhone audio engine

After hitting 1m users in its first week, MessageMe crosses 5m users just 75 days after launch

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MessageMe, the US-based chat app looking to rival Line, WhatsApp, Viber and co, has confirmed that it has closed a $10 million round of seed funding and, furthermore, that it has passed 5 million registered users, just 75 days after launch. That follows an impressive start which saw it hit 1 million users within...
After hitting 1m users in its first week, MessageMe crosses 5m users just 75 days after launch
Critical app flaw bypasses screen lock on up to 100 million Android phones

Skype rolls out a faster and lighter Android app, redesigned with visual cues from Windows Phone 8

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Skype updated its Android app to version 4.0 today, rolling out an all-new design that removes much of the clutter associated with previous incarnations. The home screen is now split into three separate tabs for accessing recent conversations, specific contacts and ‘favourites’. Dialog trees look much cleaner than before, although...
Skype rolls out a faster and lighter Android app, redesigned with visual cues from Windows Phone 8

Saudi Arabia 'threatens Skype ban'

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Saudi authorities reportedly threaten to ban encrypted messaging services such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp, causing upset among their many users....
Saudi Arabia 'threatens Skype ban'

Skype rival Viber gives Windows Phone 8 users a new option for free calls and messages

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Viber Media, the startup behind the popular cross-platform messaging and VoIP calling application Viber, is today debuting a new application for Windows Phone 8. Co-founder and CEO Talmon Marco said in a recent tweet that the Viber app for WP8 would be arriving in ‘March or April’, so this shouldn’t...
Skype rival Viber gives Windows Phone 8 users a new option for free calls and messages
Now 200M Users Strong, Viber Launches Desktop App With Video Calling In Version 3.0

Viber overhauls BlackBerry app to v2.3, promises VoIP calls are coming in April (video)

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Doing its best Kate Bush impression, Viber's letting its BlackBerry users know that something good is gonna happen. Specifically, that the company is bringing VoIP calls to the platform, currently pencilled in for arrival in April. It's laid the groundwork for the new feature with version 2.3 of the...
Viber overhauls BlackBerry app to v2.3, promises VoIP calls are coming in April (video)

Nexmo raises $3M to link apps to old-school carrier networks

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Nexmo already handles the international SMS and push messaging for companies like AirBnB, Zendesk and Viber, but now it wants to expand its horizons. It’s launching new application programming interfaces (APIs) that connect to other mobile carrier services. To accomplish that it’s raised $3 million from Intel Capital, NHN Investment...
Nexmo raises $3M to link apps to old-school carrier networks

Line passes 60m downloads, sets its sights on the US, China and reaching 100m

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It seems like there is no stopping Asian messaging app Line right now, and the service — developed by NHN Japan — has now topped 60 million registered users, according to an announcement made today. Line’s rise exemplifies the addressable market for smartphones and apps in Asia, and download numbers...
Line passes 60m downloads, sets its sights on the US, China and reaching 100m
Fat-Cat Carriers Unworried By Chat Apps Passing SMS Texting

100 million smartphone owners in China getting free VoIP through messaging app Weixin

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If you're in China and use a free chat app called Weixin on Android or iOS, you're about to get no-charge VoIP as well thanks to an imminent update. The company is set to join the likes of Skype, Viber and Korea's Kakao Talk in providing free cellphone calls...
100 million smartphone owners in China getting free VoIP through messaging app Weixin

Chinese mobile messaging app Weixin to bring free voice calls to its 100m+ users

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Mobile messaging apps are enjoying increased time in the spotlight in Asia and one of the continent’s largest, Tencent-owned Weixin, is set to become the next service to offer its users free calls, according to a report from Technode. The China-based blog has information about the upcoming version of the app...
Chinese mobile messaging app Weixin to bring free voice calls to its 100m+ users
Facebook Says VoIP Calling Will Be Added To Its Messenger iOS App In The U.K. Today
The WebRTC Faceoff: Skype vs. Facebook

Nimbuzz Hits 150M Emerging Market Users, Puts The Heat On Facebook In Asia

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Free messaging apps are a dime a dozen these days. There’s everything from Viber, to Skype, to WhatsApp to GroupMe. But while these startups concentrated on smartphone apps, it has been in the emerging markets that messaging over data has made a huge impression, and that has required paying attention...
Nimbuzz Hits 150M Emerging Market Users, Puts The Heat On Facebook In Asia
With 140M+ Users, Skype Competitor Viber Launches "Send Location" Feature For iPhone, Android

MessageMe chat app amasses 5 million users in 75 days across Android and iOS

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Between WhatsApp, Viber, Google+ Hangouts and a raft of others, the mobile messaging app space is crowded, but recent entrant MessageMe has still managed to make notable headway. After a mere 75 days since its launch, the application has amassed 5 million registered users, up from 1 million in...
MessageMe chat app amasses 5 million users in 75 days across Android and iOS
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