ZipWhip, a startup that is extending SMS beyond the mobile phone, has raised a $5 million Series B round led by Chicago private equity firm Ronin Capital. ZipWhip has a cloud-based messaging platform that’s able to route text and multimedia messages to and from any landline number, whether it’s linked to a home phone or business. Consumers or businesses can then access those messages from a browser or app.
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.
100 million isn’t quite the milestone it once was, but Kik’s recent growth spurt is elevating the messaging startup above the crowded mid-tier of OTT app providers.
Gogo will release an app next year that will route phone calls and texts over its inflight Wi-Fi networks, even when planes are above clouds. Calls on domestic flights, however, will probably still be prohibited.
Verizon plans a big update to its Messages app in the next few weeks adding new social communications features to SMS. One of the highlights of that upgrade is integration with Glympse’s location sharing tools.
Carriers thought WhatsApp and Skype would shine bright and then simply fade way, says Genband CEO David Walsh. They were wrong. Now the mobile industry is fighting back with the tools they have, starting with acquisition.
We put the question to Rebtel CEO and over-the-top communications veteran Andreas Bernström. He had two big predictions: Google will acquire WhatsApp, and AT&T will acquire Twilio.
Ultra is turning the SIM card into an international calling card. It’s always offered cheap direct dial rates to other countries as well as free international SMS. Now it’s making calls to five countries gratis.
Pinger believes it can build a better and stickier over-the-top messaging service by borrowing features from some of the hippest new social networking apps. It’s starting with GIF messaging but it has a lot more planned.