BBM for Windows Phone is now live at the Windows Phone Store. Supports devices running on Windows Phone 8 and up. A closed beta has been running for a few weeks now. LINK
WhatsApp has signed a deal with Airtel to offer special data packs for the WhatsApp app users. As part of the deal, Airtel is offering WhatsApp-only data packs starting Rs 36 per month and go up to Rs 49 per month. For select circles, Airtel is offering up to 200 MB of WhatsApp data usage for a month. Airtel 2G and 3G subscribers will have to activate this data pack by sending the text WhatsApp to 121 number. LINK
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced the mobile messaging service now has more than 430 million monthly active users globally. Over 50 billion messages are sent and received (incoming and outgoing) every day over WhatsApp. Now has over 35 million monthly active users from India. Link
Cross platform messaging client WhatsApp has in a blog post revealed that they now have 400 million active users using the service on a daily basis. This is twice the number of active Twitter users – which boasts of around 200 million people. WhatsApp competes with the likes of WeChat, Line and Hike in India – all of which have been doing extensive promotional activities across the country. Line recently announced that they had over 300 million users on their platform. Link
Indian govt has asked the US to share its technology on how to decrypt conversations over various services like Viber, Whatsapp, Skype, Wechat and Blackberry messenger. India is worried that it doesn’t have the necessary technical know-how to intercept or decrypt messages as the servers for these platforms are based abroad. This is a national security risk and India wants US assistance to counter it. Link
WhatsApp has inked another telco deal in India, this time with Tata Docomo. Will offer unlimited WhatsApp usage to its subscribers, for Rs 15 for 15 days. WhatsApp has also crossed 30M monthly active users in India. Link
Earlier this morning, WhatsApp was blocked for BSNL users because of routing issue with the service’s web host. Things are back to normal. No casualty reported.