Given the usual strategy for OTT communications apps is to grow big and then sell out to an internet giant, Line’s plan to go independent runs counter to the market.
TextNow is an all-IP operator so all calls and text messages ride over its data connections. Adding hand-over between Wi-Fi and cellular means it will be able to support better quality voice conversations.
On Thursday, toll-free numbers administered by Bandwidth will have the ability to send and receive text messages — which could mean that you never have to hold for an operator again.
BlackBerry is using its secure enterprise communications network to launch a secure version of BBM, targeting it at corporate and government customer. It’s the second example in two weeks of BlackBerry looking beyond the phone.
Rebtel is an OTT communications company with ambitions of being much more than a cheap international calling service. It has spun off its VoIP and messaging network into a new company that will target mobile developers.
FreedomPop is coming to iOS in many ways. It’s started selling refurbed iPhone 5s, activating its service on older iPhone models and offering an over-the-top iOS app to lure in potential customers.
Viber’s new look for iOS 7 isn’t just cosmetic. It’s added a handful of new features such as multi-photo messaging and block lists. It’s also finally supporting BlackBerry’s latest OS.
E-Plus is offering up a cheap prepaid SIM-card plan that exempts WhatsApp traffic from its data plan, effectively creating a mobile service that leans primarily on over-the-top messaging for communication.
FireChat is debuting today in Google Play, after a successful launch on iOS. Android users can now engage in FireChat’s hyperlocal messaging sessions, but they won’t be able to chat with iOS devices.
Open Garden’s new anonymous, hyperlocal messaging app is sparking a lot of interest around the world, rising to the top of the iTunes social networking charts in several countries.