Seventy-two percent of US users now use multiple messaging systems on a daily basis, according to a new report from Acision. However, while alternatives to SMS like IM and over-the-top mobile messaging services are gaining ground, 72 percent of users are still dependent on SMS.
LAS VEGAS--Messaging provider Pinger earns an average of roughly 64-65 cents per month from each of its users, primarily from advertising. Greg Woock, Pinger's co-founder and CEO, provided the figure during a discussion here at the CTIA Wireless 2013 trade show about the effect over-the-top messaging providers are having on wireless carriers' traditional voice and messaging businesses.
Seventy-five days after launching, over-the-top chat application MessageMe reports that its registered userbase already tops 5 million worldwide.
Communications app textPlus plans to take its voice and messaging offering global sometime this summer, company executives said. The company, which offers service in the United States and Canada, is currently testing its offering in various locations across the world, and it expects to launch globally between June and August.
Viber Media is extending its over-the-top messaging and voice application from mobile devices to the desktop in conjunction with the launch of its revamped Viber 3.0 platform.
In a glass half full/half empty conundrum, a pair of analyst reports reached the conclusion that connected devices are making inroads into the consumer's home entertainment setup, but are not ubiquitous by any stretch of the imagination.
Operators are well aware of the threat that OTT presents, although some of their views--for example, that subscribers only use OTT apps because they are cheap--may be slightly off kilter. Nevertheless, if operators are still in any doubt about the severity of the threat, two reports this week provided some stark figures to illustrate how big a threat OTT is set to become.
Kik Interactive CEO Ted Livingston spoke to FierceDeveloper contributor Jason Ankeny about the firm's surging adoption, building out its platform and the importance of anticipating new opportunities.
Consumers across the globe will send 41 billion over-the-top mobile messages per day by the end of 2013, compared to an average of 19.5 billion peer-to-peer SMS, according to a new forecast issued by research firm Informa.
Flipping the way mobile voice and data are priced is a bold and yet essential move. Mobile operators can now benefit from and embrace increasing use of all kinds of in-house and OTT services and applications.