Happy Birthday to you and our employees born in June!

We enjoyed a slice of cake on your behalf!

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Yesterday, employees at Pinger Headquarters headed outside with some handy dandy Eclipse Shades to watch the transit of Venus.

 

 

 

 

 

Venus passed in front of the sun and said “hi!”  We all shouted back “hello!”  She’ll be back again in December 2117.

 

 

 

In retrospect, we should have let her know about our apps. Woulda made her think twice about taking that long trip again just to say “Hi”…

 

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Pinger is one of the OnMobile 100 Top Private Companies for 2012!

AlwaysOn and a panel of voters decided that Pinger is “bringing their disruptive skills into the mobile space, turning smartphone and tablet users into sophisticated, savvy consumer and business users as well as providing huge value-creation opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs.” You’ll find us in the “Consumer and Social Networking” category!

This is Pinger’s second consecutive year on the OnMobile Top 100 list! Thanks, as always, to our fans for their loyalty and support!

See the full list for 2012 from AlwaysOn.

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Today in the San Jose Mercury News:

Interview with Greg Woock, co-founder/CEO, Pinger

“Woock reckons Pinger is the seventh-largest data carrier in the country. And now he’s expanding into Europe, where a fragmented telecom industry has him predicting a dramatic ramp-up of last year’s $20 million in revenue.

In an interview, Woock — who was previously a top lieutenant to Sir Richard Branson — held forth on the future of his 60-person company and of the broader telecommunications industry…”

Read the full interview from Mercury News.

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Today our Pinger employees from San Jose, CA are headed down to our Santa Barbara office for a meeting of the minds!

Wave if you see their bus pass you!


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Pinger employees like to work hard and play hard, and this Friday was no exception. Everyone in the office took a break after work (and overcame their friggatriskaidekaphobia) to play some bocce!

Teams were selected at random from our prized Sharks hat, and competition was fierce. When inches count, tape measures were unholstered to see who was closest to the pallino (the little metal ball … it’s complicated.)

We’re pretty serious about our bocce, apparently.

Winners got trophies plus bragging rights, and everyone had a great (perhaps a bit rowdy) time.

Want to be part of our next adventure? We are hiring!

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(Shh.  We think we’ve outdone FaceTime.)

Sometimes a text doesn’t quite do the job, and for that we have the power of Voice.  Yet in the deep lairs of Pinger Headquarters, our research team has been working on an even greater engineering challenge: We call it a Holo-gram.

The new Holo-Gram!

Think of it as three-dimensional, real-time video.  And it’s FREE.

Holo-gram is slated to take the telecom industry by storm.  Imagine “visiting” a friend across the country on Pinger: See their expression and that smile you love so much.  See subtle gestures, even model a new hairstyle or introduce your cat.  It’s just like having a face-to-face conversation.

Dr. Jocelyn Cloutier, renowned researcher and Chief Technical Officer at Pinger, Inc. explains: “Our team has developed a unique approach to personalizing a conversation.  By splitting the light from the phone’s built-in camera exactly 6 degrees in opposite directions we can create two simultaneous photographs of an interference pattern that, when suitably illuminated, produces a three-dimensional image.  It’s to-scale, and it works simultaneously with the user’s voice.  It literally is just like having your friend right in front of you.”

How does it work?

All you need is Textfree and 3D glasses.  Just call your friend on Pinger.  When they pick up, put on your glasses and Textfree does the rest.  You can pick up the glasses at any movie theater, or just use polarized sunglasses.  Holo-gram is free!

Give Textfree’s new Holo-gram feature a try and … smile!

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Today from The Associated Press:

Telecoms groups fight back against free messaging

“Just past the security gate for the world’s largest cell phone trade show in Barcelona, executives of big mobile carriers can’t avoid walking past a booth they would probably rather not see: It’s for ‘Pinger,’ a small California company that offers free texting in the United States and Germany and has global expansion plans…”

Read the full article from The Associated Press.

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Today in TechCrunch:

Deutsche Telekom’s VC Firm Makes Strategic Investment In Pinger

“For the last few years we’ve been tracking the growth of a service called Textfree, offered by San Jose-based startup Pinger. As the name implies, Textfree has a very attractive value proposition: you sign up, it gives you a free, real, telephone number, and you can send text messages and make phone calls with it free of charge — the service makes most of its money by displaying ads alongside the texts.

It’s also massively popular: last month alone, users sent and received a total of 2 billion text messages, and it’s one of the most downloaded iOS apps of all time. Even more impressive is the fact that the vast majority of their efforts have been concentrated in the U.S. alone — Pinger is preparing to sweep across Europe this year…”

Read the full article in TechCrunch.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  Thanks for sharing your poems with us, we loved them all!

Here are our favorites:
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I’m so broke it isn’t funny
I can’t even text my valentine honey
But then what is it that I see
An app where you can text and talk free
Now with pinger I need no money
And I can sweet talk n text
My valentine honey bunny

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Roses are red, pinger is blue.
Unlimited texts, calls & voicemails include!
Great quality & oh such fun..
Soon it will be.. #1!
Whenever you get it, hit me up!
Because I’ve already installed it.. On my iPod touch!

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Why I was alone?
Why I didn’t have no friends?
I didn’t know.
Until I downloaded pinger, that choice was the best.
Now I have friends
I called my girlfriend and now I don’t have minutes to call the rest.

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Roses are red
Violets are blue
Pinger is so awesome
I must share it with you!

I love its free calling
When I use my iTouch
or texting like mad
on my iPhone and such.

It lives on my iPad
for whenever I need
to connect with my loved ones
In lightning-record speed.

Please stay with me Pinger
I wish for you still
To be with me always
You are the best deal!

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We’re sharing a handful of minutes (think of them as roses) with our favorite poets! For those who didn’t win…you still win! For today only, 1000 minutes on sale for just $14.99 (that’s over 20% off)!

Here’s a little poem we made for all of our fans out there, hope you like it…

Oh users, our users,
we’re so grateful to you all
for choosing to us to send your texts
or to make a free call. 

So let’s rejoice and do a dance,
(or sing a song if you’re a singer),
because you’re using an app
that was made for you by Pinger!

-Love, Pinger-

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