Hike Messenger Acquires US-Based Voice-Calling Firm Zip Phone

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Hike Messenger Acquires US-Based Voice-Calling Firm Zip Phone
Home-grown chat application firm Hike Messenger has acquired US-based voice-calling company Zip Phone, it said in a statement here Thursday.

The acquisition is aimed at expanding Hike's product range in the Internet-based communication space, the company said, declining to disclose the acquisition sum.

"Zip Phone's technology will allow us to bring free voice calling to the market much faster. Incidentally, this is one of the top requested features from our users as well," Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and chief executive officer, Hike Messenger said.

Zip Phone, a one-man startup founded by Anuj Jain in the US, has developed a voice-calling app that works globally.

Anuj Jain said of the acquisition, "As a startup enthusiast, I had been keeping a close eye on hike and its developments and I am excited to now be a part of one of the biggest and fastest growing startups in the Indian Internet space and finally, building for India."

Launched in December 2012, Hike has over 35 million users and has raised $86 million from Tiger Global and BSB till date.

Written with inputs from IANS

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