BlackBerry ban could mean more users for Nimbuzz and others

13 Aug

nimbuzz logoWith confusion reigning supreme whether India will indeed ban some services of Research In Motion’s (RIM’s) BlackBerry handhelds, third-party IM and e-mail clients are bracing for a surge in usage of their services.

Nimbuzz, which already has close to 1.5 million users in India is expecting a surge in new registrations from the country, where the government has set August 31 as the deadline for RIM to give access to secure data transferred via its servers. Unlike RIM, services like Nimbuzz escape this ban as they do not add any additional layer of encryption on top of the normal encryption that most e-mail and IM services provide.

“Nimbuzz has not added encryption on top of their protocols that is correct. Nimbuzz is just as vunerable to government inspection as web email, phone calls, and other online chat services,” the company wrote to us in an e-mail. “It is not that we don’t care about privacy, but our service works the same as what people are used to from their existing online communication (ie; Gmail, Facebook, etc).”

Nimbuzz is growing very quickly in India with 5,000 new registered users a day. In the last week an estimated 20 per cent of all BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia registered with Nimbuzz, according to figures we have received from the company. We can expect a similar figure in India, if the deadlock between government agencies and RIM continues till the set deadline.

Apart from being present on BlackBerry’s App World (and other app stores across mobile platforms), Nimbuzz has also struck deals with local handset brands that sell cheap phones that enables users to connect to popular IM services like Google Talk and Yahoo! Messenger, among others. Nimbuzz has around 20 partnerships with handset brands in India and includes some of the fastest growing Indian brands like Micromax, Spice, Zen and Lava.

No Responses to “BlackBerry ban could mean more users for Nimbuzz and others”

  1. Hayath August 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    Nimbuzz is spreading like fire in india, But not because of blackberry, which has negligible market share in india, and less than 10% Blackberry users use messaging service. Nimbuzz is spreading from peoples like me who are using in from many years. and Nimbuzz must concentrate in bringing ‘Helpbot’ online.
    and improving application, include facebook also and Xontact backup option must be re-introduces, Or else some other client will smash Nimbuzz.


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