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Will iPads and similar devices become the saviors of the traditional media?

February 12th, 2010

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The online world is full with whether Apple’s new iPad is either fantastic or disappointing! If I look at the device itself I myself could tend towards the latter. However if I look at the larger picture I believe we are going to face  a major shift in many things we now believe are normal. Looking at the changes the iPod brought to music-on-the-go and buying music on-line or at the changes the iPhone brought to what we do with our smart-phones and how we buy applications, then a major change seems inevitable. Both devices had similar criticism to the iPad being that there were competitive products that could do more, were cheaper etc.. I am definitely not the first, or only one to say that the distribution and integration of content (music, applications) are one of the major keys to the success.

So why the title  of this blog?


The FIFA World Cup 2010 – Soccer City Johannesburg

February 2nd, 2010


As promised in December this is the first in the series. I want to give you a short overview of the stadium, the city and useful facts you as a Nimbuzz user might need.

This is the largest stadium in South Africa with a capacity of 94.000. I is located just south-west of the city centre of Johannesburg with good access from the highways.

Both the opening game and the final will be played here and the countries that are sure of playing here in the group round are South Africa, Mexico, Holland, Denmark, Argentina, Korea Republic, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Germany. The stadium is the home of the Orlando Pirates and the infamous Vuvuzela is heard a lot here!

Johannesburg is a vibrant city and I am always amazed how sophisticated the city is. All over the city, in every neighbourhood you will find plenty of places with lots of restaurants and bars. If you stick to the main areas and be observant and careful there should be no major security concerns.


Google phone Nexus One in South Africa?

January 14th, 2010


One of the big questions everyone is asking is when the Nexus One will be available in South Africa. News24 reported that it will be nowhere soon.

I really don’t want to settle for that answer and looking at the specs (via and the live demo with Nimbuzz below I am sure you are at least interested. I want one, or at least play with one for a while !!

Google will soon be making street view available for South Africa…. imagine replacing your boring GPS maps for satellite images and street views of where you are going! And then there is Wave, which seems to have gone from a 15 footer to a 2 foot wave, but nonetheless highly anticipated by me at least.


Use Nimbuzz when visiting the FIFA 2010 World Cup football.

December 7th, 2009


On Friday evening I went down to Long Street in Cape Town to celebrate the draw for the 2010 World Cup football with 50.000 other enthusiasts from South Africa and many other nations competing in this event.

When I left I was so proud of the display of South Africa I was on a high all weekend. The party that lasted all day saw no negative incidents worth mentioning (sorry tabloids :) ) and showed the world what a fantastic month of football and festivities we are going to be witnessing next year.

Subsequently the latest batch of tickets was released and over the last few days hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have applied for tickets to come and watch their favourite teams and celebrate with us in South Africa.

Many of these people will also be Nimbuzz fans who will be able to keep those who stay at home up to date on their undoubtedly unforgettable trip at minimal costs.


Say hello to cheap international calls with NimbuzzOut!

November 9th, 2009


Today is a very exciting day at Nimbuzz HQ – we are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new product, NimbuzzOut!

NimbuzzOut lets you make incredibly cheap international calls from your mobile, to landlines and mobiles anywhere in the world.

It’s the first pay-as-you-go product that we’ve ever offered, and it will transform your mobile into the cheapest way to make international calls – who would have thunk it?!

From today, you can purchase NimbuzzOut credits direct from or your Nimbuzz mobile app and save up to 95% on the cost of a traditional international mobile call!

NimbuzzOut is currently available for SymbianiPhone and iPod Touch handsets, but we will be rolling it out to other handsets later this year.

Here’s how to use it:


Networks now supporting 3G VOIP for iPhone!!

October 7th, 2009


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?


Uses for Nimbuzz in the classroom are only limited by our imaginations

July 6th, 2009


Eugene Brown, a teacher in Durban, believes using technology gives him the opportunity to connect with his pupils at their level. Eugene’s personal opinion is that banning cell phones in the classroom (as an educational tool) would equate to taking away a child’s pen and paper.

Have a look at his blog here . A few key points of his message are:

One of the easiest, cheapest and most available ways of bringing technology into the classroom is via the cell phone. Especially in South Africa where mobile internet access has one of the highest percentages and uses in the world. Not every school and definitely not every pupil has easy access to fixed-line broadband, computers and thus email and internet. So using the Nimbuzz communication tools that cross multiple platforms from desktop applications to web-applications to more than a 1000 mobile phone clients Eugene can stay in touch with all his pupils.

A few examples of how Eugene uses Nimbuzz in his classroom and for communication with his pupils:

He uses Nimbuzz chat to confirm homework and tests that have to be done and even to help them with their homework during a fixed daily chatroom which his pupils “attend”.

With Nimbuzz messaging he can send pupils documents on their phone such as work they have missed in the classroom, assignments and various other reference documents.

Do you also have imaginative uses for Nimbuzz. Let us know !

Nimbuzz update for iPhone: faster, improved UI and avatars

May 14th, 2009


Good news for iPhone and iPod Touch users: we just launched an update of Nimbuzz [Download Nimbuzz ].

You can watch the video demo HERE.

Here are the new features:

  • Use your camera to update your display picture, or choose from your camera roll.
  • See the avatars of your buddies.
  • Auto-rotate feature, let’s you stay in landscape mode chat with wide screen keyboard.

We also fixed a few bugs, which is always good :)


Hello everybody and welcome on the South Africa blog

April 15th, 2009

Nimbuzz lets you call, chat, message, and send files on the go, for free. It combines all your buddies from Skype, Windows Live Messenger (MSN), Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, AIM, Google Talk, Jabber and more. One login, one contact list, all accounts.

Stay tuned to be the first to find out the latest news about Nimbuzz in South Africa.

Welcome to Mobile Freedom!

The Nimbuzz Team