NRI Business? Hike Messenger acquires Zip Phone

Hike Messenger, a home-grown chat application firm by Indian-origin professionals, has acquired Indian firm based in US called Zip Phone, a voice-calling company, for an undisclosed amount.

Hike Messenger said in a statement on Thursday that the acquisition would help its product range in the internet-based communication space.

“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,” Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and chief executive officer, Hike Messenger said.

Zip Phone, a one-man show by Anuj Jain was started in the US when he developed a voice-calling app that works globally.

Hike was launched in December 2012, and has acquired over 35 million users so far, raising funds worth $86 million from Tiger Global and BSB till date, that was used for acquisition of Zip Phone.


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