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WhatsApp

Pieter_Streicher Guest Post: SMS still alive & kicking for savvy businesses

by Dr Pieter Streicher, md with BulkSMS.com

Here Dr Streicher wishes the text message a happy 22nd birthday, and celebrates the huge role SMS still plays in business communication. It was 22 years ago [on December 3rd] 1992], that the first text message (reading ‘Merry Christmas’) was sent by Neil Papworth (an engineer) via Vodafone UK’s ‘GSM’ network. Since then SMS [Short Message Service]/text has gone from strength to strength driven by mobile device accessibility and global user adoption. The total number of messages has grown from a single message in 1992, to 2015 forecasts of over 8 trillion (a Portio Research estimate). Continue reading

sign our petition - see below GoMo calls for WhatsApp to offer N73 client

Or maybe Nokia India will help out

Although the smartphone was discontinued on 25th April 2006, Nokia’s N73 still proves hugely popular amongst Indian consumers. However, these N73 users continue to be frustrated because this particular device is incapable of running the leading IM [Instant Messaging] app – WhatsApp. Consequently GoMo News is constantly bombarded with requests for information on this subject. We’ve gone to great lengths to create a special Nokia N73 & WhatsApp Help Page forthose seeking to load this app. The bad news is that you can’t run WhatsApp on the Nokia N73 at present. Presently, there’s a new twist readers are currently begging GoMo News to create a WhatsApp client that will run on the N73. Hence, we’re appealing to WhatsApp to modify their code so it can run on this classic Nokia handset. Continue reading

hi - dharia Ovum expects little EC opposition to Facebook/WhatsApp tie up

SMS cannibalisation and pending WhatsApp VoIP are the issues

At the request of Facebook itself, The European Commission (EC) has begun its investigation into Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. Facebook itself wants to ensure an uninterrupted functioning of the service post the acquisition throughout Europe. The EC has requested feedback on the deal from key regulators, mobile operators and OTT players. By approaching the EC directly, Facebook hopes to address any concerns at a macro level rather across multiple markets within Europe. “Ovum does not expect the deal to face much trouble due to this investigation but expects further guidelines around personal data protection for WhatsApp users,” observed Neha Dharia, a senior analyst for consumer services with telecoms specialist analyst, Ovum. Instead, SMS cannibalisation and the pending WhatsApp VoIP offering are the main issues. Continue reading

more than obtaining a mobile number to receive SMS - kutic Texting isn’t dead thanks to 2-way SMS

How can it be when Infobip processes 1.5 billion+ SMS per month?

Given the hype that surrounds OTT services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Line, regular mobile industry members could be forgiven for thinking that SMS (texting) is dead or dying. That’s very obviously not the case when just one SMS specialist, Infobip can be claiming to processes over 1.5 billion SMS messages per month. How can that be? Well, Infobip claims to have access to one of the largest two-way SMS coverage sets in the world – as supported by a single technical provider. Continue reading

WeChat catching WhatsApp fast

Tencent enjoying major games revenue boost from IM client

China’s Tencent (part of China’s BAT triumvirate along with Baidu and Alibaba) has witnessed significant growth thats to revenues from gaming inside its WeChat IM [Instant Messaging] client along with its social networking client – Mobile QQ. Perhaps the most significant news is the fact that the userbase for WeChat has ballooned up from 396 million in Q1 2014 to 438 million in Q2 2014. That’s well within reach of WhatsApp’s current total of circa 500 million users which currently makes it the leader in the IM niche market. It’s also goood news for Nokia N73 owners as GoMo News previously outlined here, that smartphone is popular with our Indian readers but cannot run WhatsApp. But it can run WeChat. Continue reading

nokia even shows whatsapp in 630 promo pic - bottom left Nokia WhatsApp worries spread to latest Lumias

A legacy from the N73 which can’t run WhatsApp

Well, we’ve seen it all now.Worries about the ability of Nokia handsets to run the highly popular WhatsApp IM [Instant Messaging] client have now spread to the latest Lumia 630. Reader, Jazzny, asks … “Does Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM have WhatsApp? Coz I wanna buy it.” Well, Jazzny, the answer is a massive “Yes“. not only does the Lumia 630 have the ability to run WhatsApp, the app itself comes already pre-installed on this handset. As is the case with most recent Lumias. In addition to WhatsApp, supported IM clients also include Skype IM, WeChat, Viber, LINE, MySpace, Twitter, and Yahoo! Messenger. Continue reading

whatsapp-missing-on-bada Indian N73 users still desperate for whatsApp

You’re not alone – so are Samsung bada owners

Recently, GoMo News reader, Pandurang Ghuge, asked us … “I want to know is why isn’t the developer of Whatsapp trying to develop the compatible software for running on an N73 device? And will any solution be found for this?” Short answer – No. He should have read our ‘Nokia N73 updates & WhatsApp help page‘. Despite numerous requests for the N73 to be supported, WhatsApp still hasn’t produced a version that will run on that old Nokia handset. If you don’t believe us go here on the WhatsApp support page. If it’s any consolation, you guys aren’t alone. Bada fanbois are begging for WhatsApp, too. Continue reading

nike fuelband leak revealed 1st on secret Secret social app comes out for Android

Not sure when the original Apple iOS app went global, tho

Good news for social media fans is that the Android app for the trendy Secret network has just become available. Secret’s USP [Unique Selling Point] really does keep your identity secret. Which is great because people can use it to publish stuff which normally they daren’t put on Facebook, Twitter or even WhatsApp. GoMo News has actually installed this app and discovered a really neat rumour about Nike’s wearables division firing staff which had been first leaked via Secret. Continue reading

successfully compete with OTT brands - windle Hope for MNOs in the battle with OTT providers on video-calling

OpenCloud commissioned survey has some big surprises

A new multi-national survey from YouGov commissioned by OpenCloud somewhat surprisingly reveals that consumers believe mobile network operator [MNO] video-calling services would be superior to existing OTT services. It seems that consumers perceive that video-calling offered by operators would outperform OTT apps. Despite the growing adoption of OTT apps – such as WhatsApp, Viber and WeChat, capable of providing video-calling, it would appear that consumers believe their mobile service provider is capable of delivering a video-calling service that better meets their needs. Continue reading

mark_hay_hsl Guest Post: Cutting through BYOD complexity

by Mark Hay, CEO with HSL Mobile

With the recent proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace, a mobile strategy is critical for every business. A recent survey from Informa revealed that 62 per cent of Fortune 500 companies are using mobile communications with customers and employees to increase productivity, speed and responsiveness. With a range of mobile communication platforms available, businesses require an enterprise communication strategy which is effective at reaching users at the right time, is secure, and is used by everyone. BYOD however is making this more challenging for enterprises. Continue reading

bbm on an android phone BlackBerry updates BBM for Android

Positioning BBM to rival Line, Facebook & even Snapchat

Another sign that BlackBerry really is learning how to monetise its software assets – not just its smartphones, is provided by the latest update to BBM for Android. A key feature is the addition of ‘stickers’ and the fact that there is now a BBM shop where you can actually purchase stickers to send to other BBM users. That’s taking rival social media sites such as Facebook and Line head on. Plus there’s now an improved picture (photo) sharing facility. GoMo reckons this is a reaction to analysts who claim Facebook is losing traffic to photo sharing apps such as Snapchat. Continue reading

Facebook-Skype Facebook could earn $800m from a Skype copy says Strand

If Facebook/WhatsApp get into VoIP it’s bad news for MNOs

Without even mentioning the recent WhatsApp announcement, John Strand of Denmark’s Strand Consult argues that if it should decide to introduce cheap voice calls (via VoIP), Facebook could potentially blow Microsoft’s Skype right out of the water. As he says, “f you can talk to friends in Facebook, why would you need to use Skype?” Look at the facts. Facebook is already the world’s largest communications provider with over 1 billion users. It’s a platform where people communicate by voice, text and data. At $175 billion it has a larger market cap that any mobile network operator [MNO], save for China Mobile or Vodafone. And logically, Skype could be one of the first victims of Facebook’s entry to the VoIP market. Continue reading

mobile_voip Cheap voice calls specialist introduces an app for Nokia Asha phones

Symbian is dead so long live Nokia’s Series 40

With the news that WhatsApp is considering offering its users free calls and the fact that arch rival LINE already offers such free calls, it’s easy to forget that in the majority of cases, consumers still have to pay for ‘cheap’ international calls. The technology which makes these calls possible is, of course, VoIP [Voice over IP]. Although Skype has its own flavour of the technology, VoIP is what it utilises to provide cheap callers for its subscribers, for example. However, Skype doesn’t suit everyone and it certainly does cover all mobile platforms. Which is where cheap phone call software specialist – Mobile VOIP comes in. And guess what – Mobile VOIP has just announced that it now has a VoIP client for Nokia’s S40 Asha (Series 40) range of handsets. Continue reading

LINE_mark WhatApp’s rival claims benefits from Facebook linkup

LINE added 2m extra users last weekend

Two events appear to have conspired together to boost interest in the LINE IM [Instant Messaging] system which originally sprung up in Japan. The LINE service added two million extra users during the weekend [February 21-22 2014] during WhatApp’s outage. With Facebook very definitely losing its popularity – especially amongst younger users, WhatsApp might definitely feel the fallout from its linkup with the social networking giant. Continue reading

chen- 2 new handsets @ MWC BlackBerry shares surge again on news of super encrypted messaging platform

Up by nearly a fifth in just a week

BlackBerry’s, CEO John Chen, has given the firm’s investors further cheer after revealing its messaging system would be made more bullet-proof for corporate customers. The news, coming in the wake of Facebook’s $19 billion (£11.4 billion) planned purchase of WhatsApp – which alone made analysts reappraise the value of BlackBerry’s messaging system, sent shares in the Toronto phone maker up another 8 per cent at close last night [25th February 2014]. This resulted in an overall 18 per cent leap in the manufacturer’s stock in less than a week. It ended the day at $10.60 on Nasdaq. Continue reading