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SarahReedy
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12/13/2013 | 10:28:48 AM
Re: Kik
IM was just the start for Kik. It's differentiating with its Cards features and in-app games, interactivity, etc, in addition to the user name functionality. But, I agree, it's a really crowded space that's a bubble right now. Not everyone one can last.
Kruz
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12/13/2013 | 10:08:25 AM
Re: Kik
Have never heard of kik. But if its offering is plain IM, there is no room for competition at this stage. Other IM have reached high maturity in terms of UI and features. A nice innovation is the user name feature that is cool for privacy but not practical; that's how Whatsapp became so popular, it was just there, ready to be used the moment you installed the app. New IM app will need to innovate and IMHO, will need to evolve into a social hub. BBM with its channels might just make it there. This will be a treat to the traditional social players who will have to enhance their mobile application experience.
MordyK
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12/12/2013 | 8:51:54 PM
Re: Telco as identity
Personally I believe some formof chnge is right around the corner, and the griping around OTT's is really the hint.

Per my post on the now defunct InnovationGeneration which I reposted on my blog, Networks are losing revenues from voice, SMS, roaming (to date in Europe & to an extent TMo in the US) and other revenue models, all while the costs of the network are increasing exponentially which is only partilly being offset by the rise in M2M & IoT.

They face a choice of following their landline brethern into the land of dumb pipes, or they will be forced to think beyond the RAN. The griping about OTT's is essentially acknowledging the disease, and there's a saying that goes: acknowldging/knowing your disease is half the cure.
SarahReedy
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SarahReedy,
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12/12/2013 | 8:38:08 PM
Re: Telco as identity
Well said. :) That's why innovation departments spin out, but I'm even losing a little faith in that model...It takes time, but how long can we wait?? The industry isn't waiting...
MordyK
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12/12/2013 | 8:34:52 PM
Re: Telco as identity
Carrier's are ruled by the RAN guys along with their few "chosen" vendors, and anything that they perceive interferes with their systems will get shut down. If an idea passes muster they put their overengineering mindset and choke the concept until its dies a slow death, or is picked up by an OTT and then they complain that OTT's are riding their networks for free.
SarahReedy
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12/12/2013 | 8:26:43 PM
Re: Kik
Ah yes, things got pretty ugly between the Canadian companies: http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/08/blackberry-and-kik-settle-lawsuit-over-messaging-patents/
SarahReedy
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12/12/2013 | 8:25:13 PM
Re: Telco as identity
Yeah, it's pretty frustrating. I bet the execs in charge of innovation at carriers (those that have them) are pretty frustrated too getting good ideas and forward momentum blocked by bureaucracy. 
MordyK
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12/12/2013 | 5:04:15 PM
Re: Telco as identity
Te littered fields of carrier possibilities. When you look at nearly every popular app and you look back at old telco promoted possibilities, you see a whole lot of vision but a lack of follow-through
MordyK
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MordyK,
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12/12/2013 | 5:02:58 PM
Re: Kik
I did for awhile when I was still on BB and needed a cross platform messaging service but then BB kicked them off because they were competing with BBM. Now i'm largely on whatsapp.
SarahReedy
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12/12/2013 | 4:46:39 PM
Re: Kik
It's a free app, and I don't think it has ads, but Kik has built a Card platform for games and the like. They're free, but Kik charges brands and other companies for custom cards.
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