To expand its product range, India-based instant messaging app, Hike has acquired US-based free voice firm, Zip Phone for an undisclosed amount. Zip phone was started by Anuj Jain in US, and has introduced a voice calling app which works globally.
“With the acquisition we take one more step towards that mission. Zip Phone’s technology will allow us to bring free voice calling to the market much faster. Incidentally, this is one of the top requested features from our users as well,” said Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike messenger.
Evidently enough, the messaging app is working to include voice calling feature in its list of services. This is on the lines of its foreign chat messengers like Viber, LINE etc. who also provide voice calls in its mobile messenger.
Launched in December 2012, Hike has raised USD 86 million from Tiger Global and Bharti SoftBank till date. It claims to have more than 35 million users with over 90 percent of its users being under the age of 25 and residing in India.
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