With Hike, I can just close the application and restart and the hidden chats are gone. I can read them whenever I want.” Smartphone apps that allow free messaging and voice calls have become one of the hottest areas of competition among Internet companies as the services eat into wireless carrier revenue from traditional calls and texts.Hike’s privacy feature helped catapult it past ’s Messenger to the top of the Android download charts in India last month.My parents wouldn’t like that.” Hike could generate revenue through music or games, said Neha Dharia, an analyst with Bengaluru-based Ovum.The service might also follow the route of Line and South Korea-based , which have tied up their messaging apps with e-commerce platforms, according to the analyst.The destination you choose will be important in enhancing your cultural experience that comes as part of these courses.
“The messaging service, in which Tokyo-based Soft Bank and Bharti have invested at least million, doesn’t plan to allow advertising and hasn’t outlined how it plans to make money,” Kavin Bharti Mittal, who runs the venture’s product and strategy business said by e-mail.
Music, games “I hide my chats from my parents,” Chawla said dressed in jeans and a T-shirt with the words “Nothing 2 Lose” at the entrance of an upscale mall in South Delhi.
“I don’t have a girlfriend, but I want one, so obviously I chat with girls.
“We’re currently building our infrastructure, that being our users. “As we can see in Japan and the US mobile instant messenger services are one of the most popular apps for smartphones,” Mariko Osada, a spokeswoman for Soft Bank, said by phone.
We’ll talk more about monetization around the 100 million user mark.” Secret sweetheart Hike launched its ‘hidden mode’ feature this summer with a marketing campaign targeted at young people living at home. “They are also expected to play an important role in the prospective mobile Internet markets in India from now, so we invested in the venture.” Osada declined to provide a valuation for Hike.