Samsung Announces Home-brewed Mobile IM Service
Samsung today revealed its own, branded mobile instant messaging service called ChatON. The new service, which targets RIM's BlackBerry Messenger and Apple's forthcoming iMessage, will let mobile device users send text, picture, video, and hand-written notes between Samsung devices, as well as to BlackBerries and the iPhone without incurring text messaging fees. The ChatON service will be preinstalled on Samsung's feature phones, its Android phones, as well as its Bada smartphones. Samsung will also make a version of the software available to Android devices made by competitors, as well as BlackBerries and the iPhone. The software will allow for group messaging, one-to-one messaging, and group chat sessions. The service will go live in October on 120 countries and 62 different languages. Samsung didn't immediately provide details on how the service will work.
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No fees for text
IM is soooo 90's
Really though. If you have to sign up for something or register... the user base will be low. iMessage will be more successful because it it integrates into the messaging app and uses your phone number. No sign up required.
Services requiring you to sign up and confirm a contact guarantee an absence of spam.
Already have Whatsapp and Kakaotalk
What's the point?
If Samsung wanted to do something useful, they'd develop an app like Trillian that integrated all these services into one inbox so I wouldn't even need to know or care what IM service the person on the other end was using. I'd just enter their phone number, and the software wo...