Updated: November 12, 2019
Nimbuzz was a free call and messaging app for the connected generation. Nimbuzz combines the powers of the Internet and mobile communications into one, and lets you meet, share and connect with family and friends on any mobile device.
2014. Mobile messenger Nimbuzz acquired by New Call
Nimbuzz, an early mover in mobile messaging that currently has 200 million+ users was acquired by UK-based provider of low-cost fixed line and broadband services New Call (for $175 million). Nimbuzz was a breakeven business, and expects to be profitable in Q4 with voice services, mobile ads and stickers driving revenues. Nimbuzz was founded way back in 2006 in the Netherlands, but it found a lot of traction in the India, South East Asian and Middle East/North Africa markets. Nimbuzz came online well before the first iPhone and the app explosion that followed on iOS and Android, and the subsequent rush of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Line, WeChat, Viber, Kik, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat (and so on) — all of which offer consumers the promise of connecting them to friends in more interesting and cheaper ways than telcos’ messaging services ever did.
2008. European Mobile VoIP Startup Nimbuzz Raises $15 Million
Nimbuzz, the mobile VoIP and IM startup that extends into social networks, has raised $15 million. It’s already had $10 million from Mangrove (the original Skype investor). Apparently deals with 10 major social networks and three operators are already on the table. The latter see these kinds of apps as a way of boosting data use and therefore revenues. The cash will be used to extend to Windows Mobile, iPhone and Android. They are looking at a million registered mobile users so far. Nimbuzz offers free mobile VoIP, conference calling, IM and group chat and photo and file sending across multiple IM communities, including Skype, MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM, Jabber and ICQ, plus 23 social networks, including apps/widgets for Facebook and Myspace.