July 2011

Today in VentureBeat’s DemoBeat:

Pinger lowers European texting fees by making SMS a game

“Europe telecommunications is, in one word, super-pricey-holy-crap-don’t-text-me. Today, however, free text and talk service Pinger crosses the Atlantic from the U.S. to change that, starting in Germany.

The market for a free text and talk product is wide open in Europe. In order to dominate in the space, Pinger is taking the simple route, by including the carriers.”

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Today in TechCrunch:

Pinger To Bring Free Texting To Europe With The Help Of Gamification

“Pinger’s disruptive Textfree service is heading to Europe, and it’s doing it with the help of hottest buzzword around: gamification.

Pinger has managed to build a huge userbase in the United States by offering free text messaging without any major catches: users are given their own, real phone numbers, and they can send and receive text messages with any phone. And, most important — the app works on the iPod touch, which doesn’t otherwise have SMS functionality built-in. ”

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Today in the Everything Ventured blog from Forbes:

Pinger’s Polite Plans For World Domination

“Former Palm executives Greg Woock and Joe Sipher are no strangers to failure. The duo tried– and failed– to create a line of MP3 players for Richard Branson’s Virgin Group back in 2004. When that stalled, they left Virgin to found Pinger in 2005, secured funding from Kleiner Perkins and DAG Ventures, only to see their original voice messaging concept stumble. For the next three years, they struggled to find a workable product, let alone a viable business model.

And yet, Pingers cofounders could hardly be described as shrinking violets: “We think we can take over the world,” Woock deadpans.”

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Today in Business Insider:

Pinger Bets Europeans Are As Cheap As Americans, Goes International Today

“As of today Pinger, the #1 free texting provider in the U.S. is going international.

The company who has quietly become the 7th largest mobile carrier in the U.S. will begin their European rollout in Germany with its new Pinger SMS Free app for iOS and Android. Pinger SMS Free operates within the current mobile eco-system—users receive a local German Pinger number and can text for free with any German mobile phone.”

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Today in Ubergizmo:

Pinger brings free texting to Europe

“While the tech savvy consumers of the world are making use of data for “free” texting with apps such as Whatsapp or Kik messenger, believe it or not, but a majority of the world still rely on good ol’ regular text messaging. Unfortunately in most parts of the world, people don’t have “free text” plans, and still need to pay exorbitant fees to send text messages to each other.

Well, Pinger has plans to get rid of these fees worldwide, country by country, and wants to begin in Europe with Germany.”

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Today in the Tech Observer blog:

Pinger Springs into Europe

“The country’s top free-text service is going global.

Textfree, run by the six-year-old startup Pinger, is launching its iPhone and Android apps in Germany today, ahead of a wider European roll out.

Textfree users download the app, open a free account, choose a number, and start texting for free—even internationally.”

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Today from AFP:

Pinger bringing free text messaging to Europe

“Silicon Valley startup Pinger on Wednesday said it will expand into Europe with a German service for free text messaging using Apple or Android-powered gadgets.

Pinger sidestepped the cost of text messaging in Europe by making the service into a game in which telecom carrier fees for outgoing messages cancel each other out.”

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