Tag Archive 'Nimbuzz'

Apr 30 2009

Venfin pumps more money into fring

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The Stellenbosch-based venture capital company Venfin topped up its investment in global mobile community and communication service fring in what was fring’s third round of funding.

The three other investors in fring (two venture capital firms from Israel and one from the US) also participated in this third round of funding, fring said in a statement today. [Read on]

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Mar 20 2009

Nimbuzz marries Skype with G3 phones

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In a (potentially) sensational move, Nimbuzz, the Amsterdam-based software company part-owned by Naspers, bridged the gap between G3 phones and VoIP with a clever little app today.

Now you can Skype your friends anywhere in the world with your iPhone at no cost, as long as you do it to their computers. And you’ll pay the low Skype rates, if you phone to their landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the world. 

You could also use the service known as Nimbuzz Dial-up VoIP to speak to your Nimbuzz buddy in Timbuktu for the price of a local call. All you need, is a free Nimbuzz application on your iPhone, which can be downloaded in the Apple App Store.   

This sounds like “one small step for Nimbuzz, one giant leap for mankind”. This is what an early adopter thought. 

One question remains: What about Telekom (T-Mobile), which has contracted with Apple for the exclusive rights to market the iPhone in Germany. This exclusive agreement also makes T-Mobile the only one to sell 2-year phone contracts for the iPhone, making it the sole beneficiary from every call made on iPhones in Germany. 

But, now Nimbuzz brought Skype in play for iPhones, which will, no doubt, erode T-Mobile’s income from calls made on the T-Mobile network from iPhones. Does T-Mobile not have a claim for damages against Apple? Alternatively, against Nimbuzz? 

Interesting question. We’ll have to wait and see how this all turns out…

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Mar 12 2009

Nimbuzz cooperates with Vyke

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Mobile Voip company Nimbuzz signed a partnership deal with UK Voip company Vyke, enabling Vyke to market its paid-for Voip services to Nimbuzz’s big and fast-growing global user-base. Nimbuzz is partly financed by SA media group Naspers.

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Nov 27 2008

Nimbuzz does iPhone

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Nimbuzz, the free call and universal chat solution co-financed by Naspers, says over 10 million log in to its service daily and over 10,000 new users sign up for the service every day. That might make it more popular than the project they worked on before Nimbuzz, ie. Skype. 

But, still they don’t rest. Yesterday they launched a free iPhone application in the Apple iPhone Apps store. Take a look what the respected tech blog The Next Web had to say.

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Nov 19 2008

Busy, busier, Nimbuzz

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Nimbuzz, the Rotterdam-based mobile instant messaging and VoIP provider co-financed by (among others), Naspers and German publishing house Georg von Holtzbrinck, is a place with a mission and no time to waiste: It wants to roll out it’s service to as many and as quickly as possible. 

Last week it announced a deal signed with Holtzbrinck’s social network StudiVZ, later it said it was about to repeat those deals in Turkey, Italy and Asia and today it announced 17 other deals with global VoIP (SIP) partners in its Operator Affiliate Programme.

[Read on]

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Nov 13 2008

Nimbuzz signs big deal with Von Holtzbrinck

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Big news for Naspers from Germany and the Netherlands is that Nimbuzz, the Naspers-financed (or co-financed) mobile VOIP and IM provider, has concluded a revenue-sharing deal with Germany’s biggest (and very dynamic) social network StudiVZ

StudiVZ is owned by media house Georg von Holtzbrinck and Germany’s most innovative internet player. StudiVZ is a network for students. Von Holtzbrinck also owns two more networks, namely SchülerVZ (for scholars) and MeinVZ (for friends starting out their working careers).

Together these three networks have 10 million registered users (the whole SA internet population is estimated at only 3 million!). And together they are much bigger in Germany than MySpace, Facebook, or any of the other big social network.

In short, Nimbuzz** made a deal with the leader of the pack. And the rest is sure to follow StudiVZ’s example soon. 

(And when will Naspers’ Blueworld follow suit?) 

Also good to know in this context, is that Facebook sued StudiVZ in July, saying it must change its portal because it’s a rip-off of Facebook. Von Holtzbrinck denied the allegations and started a legal fight in the US. In the first week of November, a US court said the two parties have agreed to a dispute resolution outside the court – with a deadline in October 2009! That gives StudiVZ another whole year to build on its lead in Germany. So, it must be seen as a first-round win for StudiVZ against the big-boy Facebook. 

Also interesting to know, is that the German media house Von Holtzbrinck (with its head office 100 meters from my front door here in Stuttgart) was one of the partners Naspers had in Mobile 3.0, the project to bring mobile TV to Germany, and which failed miserably, ending in the handback of the license to the German authorities. It’s not known how much money was burnt there – probably not much. The project was killed off after just a few months. 

I should also just mention that Nimbuzz was the developer behind Skype. That’s why the Nimbuzz app. looks so much like your Skype front-end. All in all, very exciting news for Naspers and its aspirations to become an international web player of standing. 

Finally, I’d just like to mention that I first suggested on 20 September that a Nimbuzz/StudiVZ deal might be on the cards. Look here.

** About Nimbuzz:

Download it for free on your cell phone – it lets you call, chat, message, and send files on the go. For free. And combines all your buddies from Skype, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM, Google Talk and others. One login, one contact list, all accounts.

Also, Nimbuzz uses the internet to let you make free international calls to your buddies. You can also register your VoIP account to call your friends on landlines and mobile phones.

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Oct 27 2008

Naspers horse on list of best-funded startups

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Here is an interesting list of all technology startups which have secured $25 million or more in seed money in the last two years. Look closely, and you’ll find a Naspers-backed horse on the list, namely Nimbuzz (in 146th place).

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Sep 20 2008

Naspers’ new ‘gatgabba’ in Germany

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First published on my old blog on 3/7/2008. Also read the article below.

For the second time in two weeks the names of SA-based media house Naspers and German media group Georg von Holtzbrinck popped up in articles with the two as partners.

The two groups seem to be strengthening their ties. [Read on]

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