After announcing a low cost Facebook phone, Vodafone is now introducing Bubbly, the voice-Twitter service by Singapore-based Bubble Motion. Vodafone Essar had a subscriber base of 141.5 million in India as of June, 2011.
To use Bubbly, all a user has to do is dial *7* on their mobile to record a short message or voice blog. Other Bubbly users who follow her will be informed of it via SMS and can listen to it. It has not been launched as yet.
Bubble Motion recently reached the milestone of 10 million global users. Now, it appears that the majority of the company's userbase is from India. Pluggd.in quotes Thomas Clayton, Bubble Motion President and CEO as saying that the company has 8 million Indian users. Reliance Communications has one million users of the service and Bubble Motion has also partnered with Airtel.
Bubble Motion currently serves Japan and works with Telkomsel in Indonesia, and Globe in the Philippines.
Launched in 2005, Bubble Motion was co-founded by entrepreneurs Sunil Coushik and Venu Sriperumal. The company has raised a total of $45 million till date. A competitor to Bubble Motion is the New Jersey-based Kirusa Inc, which has also partnered with Vodafone, MTNL, Loop Mobile, Tata Teleservices and Idea Cellular in the country.
Last week, pharmaceutical firm Piramal Healthcare Ltd announced its intent to acquire 5.5 per cent stake in Vodafone Essar for Rs 2,856 crore. The company reported a 24 per cent rise in revenues to $6.16 billion for the fiscal year ended 31st March 2011.