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Carol Wilson
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Carol Wilson,
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12/12/2013 | 4:38:55 PM
Re: Kik
What's the business model? Where are they making their money - on selling the app or things that go with it?
SarahReedy
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12/12/2013 | 4:18:21 PM
Kik
Anyone out there use Kik? I hadn't heard of it so I asked some much cooler 15 and 16 year olds. Both had heard of it, and one uses it occassionally. She said that all the juniors and seniors at her high school use it to do group messages. She says,

"I like it but I just don't think there's that much difference between that and imessage except for group texts can be sent faster which is a benefit!"
SarahReedy
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12/12/2013 | 4:14:39 PM
Re: Telco as identity
The GSMA was working on that, too, with is OneAPI initiative to let mobile users have use their phone number as their sign-on and universal identify. I haven't heard much about it since it was launched though. It would have to be very simple and incredibly useful. I just don't see it happening anytime soon.
MordyK
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MordyK,
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12/12/2013 | 2:56:48 PM
Telco as identity
On the financial side I think you're right, but on the carrier's relevance I think one can argue that they can wield some influence and bring real value.

Even if the phone number is not used as the public ID, it's a useful identity for an array of uses. If carriers created a basic framework for using phone numbers as a universal underlying identity - AT&T is doing something along these lines - akin to FacebookConnect and its Google and Twitter equivalent I think it would add relevance.

That said it's gotta be dead simple which again makes it impossible :)
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