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Facebook Zero and Lite for low bandwidth connections.

February 26th, 2010

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Great news for Africa and other areas with low bandwidth coverage. Facebook already has a Lite version which is a stripped down version making it a lot faster when you don’t have a fast connection. This site still covers most of Facebook’s options, including photos, but is significantly faster and ideal for slower and poor internet connections.

And now Facebook is planing an even “lighter” version called Zero. A spokesman for Facebook said: “We are discussing it… as an option to make Facebook on the mobile web available to everyone, anywhere and allow operators to encourage more mobile internet usage” The Zero version will be text only so the speed and data usage will be much better. Especially for African countries where mobile data costs are extremely high and connection speed often also relatively slow. Facebook said the new site “omits data intensive applications like photos”.

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The world’s cheapest phone coming to South Africa?

February 18th, 2010

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If you are reading the Nimbuzz blogs you will know that the World Mobile Congress 2010 is taking place in Barcelona. One of the exciting bits of news is that Vodafone, and so hopefully Vodacom soon too, announced the “world’s cheapest phone” which at todays exchange will sell for R115.

What will you get for this:

  • 5 hours of battery
  • SMS
  • 2 games
  • a tourch :)

For an extra R40 you will get a Vodafone 250 with a larger colour screen and a FM radio.

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The battle of the smartphones!

November 27th, 2009

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On the main Nimbuzz blog there was an article on Smartphone Web traffic this week. In summary the iPhone OS has 50% market share and Symbian 25% in the AdMob survey. Android seems to be rising fast and is 3rd on 11% whilst RIM (Blackberry) has surprisingly only 7% of the market share. For further details please see the article.

You know that Nimbuzz supports all these platforms. NimbuzzOut is now available for iPhone, Symbian and Windows Mobile and soon also on the other platforms.

I have used or experienced all of the platforms in one way or another and will share a number of my own views on the pros and cons of each.

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FIFA World Cup 2010 fever is starting!!

October 23rd, 2009

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I live in Cape Town which is one of the cities in South Africa where the FIFA World cup 2010 is going to be staged. In another 6 weeks the world of football is going to descend here for the draw on December the 4th. We will then know which teams and their supporters will be visiting us here in June next year.

It is expected that 500.000 supporters will be arriving in South Africa next year and we are all very excited to have you here and I hope your team will have a chance to play here in Cape Town. If you are planning to come here you are obviously going to want to keep the home front up to date with what is happening and send them updates and pictures. You will want to call them from the middle of all the excitement to  share your experiences with them. If you have Nimbuzz on your cellphone you will be able to make use of South Africa’s impressive 3G coverage and services, as well as numerous WIFI points of which many are free, to make free or very low cost calls using Nimbuzz and it’s mobile VOIP capabilities. You will be able to chat with them and send pictures to all your friends no matter on which IM they are, whether it’s on Skype, Facebook, MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Myspace and or many more. So make sure you and your friends and family who are staying home have Nimbuzz on their phone and you will be able to keep them up to date with live coverage of your experiences in beautiful South Africa during the FIFA World cup.

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Networks now supporting 3G VOIP for iPhone!!

October 7th, 2009

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AT&T (in the USA) on Tuesday said it has made the necessary changes to enable voice over IP iPhone apps to run on its wireless network. Before Tuesday, VoIP apps would only work over a Wi-Fi network. In other words, if you wanted to use Nimbuzz to call a friend, you had to be connected to a regular Internet wireless network. Once you were out of range of that network, the call would end.

What does this mean for South African Nimbuzz users?

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NIMBUZZ IN THE NOKIA OVI STORE SPOTLIGHT!

October 5th, 2009

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Nimbuzz is literally in the Spotlight this week on the Nokia Ovi Store… From today, we will be featured in the Social Networking category, and our time in the Spotlight will give us great exposure in front of a worldwide audience of millions – we’re excited to be there! :)

So tell all your friends with a Nokia handset to visit the Ovi store now at https://store.ovi.com and download Nimbuzz for free!

Have you downloaded Nimbuzz from Ovi?  Let us know!