Smart buys

Smart buys

It’s been confirmed that yesterday Smart Communications has bought for some undisclosed amount. Two top executives from Chikka Asia Inc. posted updates on their Twitter account about this development.

This has long been rumored but we’ve finally gotten word that they’ve both signed off on the agreement yesterday.

Dennis Mendiola is the Founder and Chief Imagination Officer of Chikka:

dennis mendiola


Gio Bacareza is the Business Development Director of Chikka:

gio bacareza

I’m still getting some more details and will update this post as I get them.

Chikka Asia, Inc. is a wireless application service provider, better known for creating the world’s first instant messenger to fully integrate mobile features via SMS, the Chikka Messenger. It has about 38 million registered users, including mobile subscribers from network operators worldwide and is interoperable with Google Talk .

Update: According to multiple sources, the deal was in the vicinity of Php750 million.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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42 Responses

  1. berkano says:

    Interesting bit of news… Will the Chikka service be expanded to Western territories then?

  2. Wow! This is good news! And this adds portfolio to Smart’s Services. I’m sure with the integration of these two companies, there would be other services that Smart would offer to its subscribers soon.

  3. cutemoboy says:

    ow.. Thats y i cant connect to chikka since yesterday.. mybe der uprading or somthing.. i just hope this merge between smart and chikka will be good & w/o a catch to its service in the future..
    & hope the app & service will still be FREE!

  4. Leo says:

    will they still allow free texting to globe and sun cell networks?

  5. PoptheCorn says:

    I am not sure if this is a good move. we’ll see. There were free internet based free sms before that did not work.

  6. Err I wonder what’ll happen to their free text service?

  7. Jervis says:

    I think this is a win-win move for both parties =) And its consumers will get more, with expanded mobile services.

  8. Christopher Quijano says:

    But I think this will conflict with their “other” chat network/free sms product – Uzzap. I wonder how Smart will market it with their product line up.

    I think smart won’t buy a non-income generating product/company.

  9. Good to know that Smart is expanding its services! :D

  10. Rome says:

    well, yeah Smart won’t buy a non-income generating product/company. But it’s also possible that they would shutdown/close Chikka’s operation. It happens in the corporate world – they buy you then shut you down! If you are becoming a threat, then might as well eliminate you from the competition. That’s the worst case scenario. ;)

  11. roan carl says:

    greedy corporations hehehe…

  12. iamupset says:

    the only people really happy about this development are dennis and his group, congrats on your new found riches.

    This is not exactly like Google buying AdMob, which to me is such painfully obvious move by Google for even more global domination.

    Chikka was hot with potential a few years ago (which is like a several decades in the IT world), now it seems to have lagged in it’s evolvement and lost a lot of it’s relevance. Messaging now is even more integrated than it was before. I totally agree with Abe, it’s all about being mobile and connected.

    A little skeptical with this move, but Smart is Smart. They won’t invest unless there is a ton of money involved.

  13. VeeBee says:

    i think smart just bought chikka for the database records. after all, their uzzap is going quite well. but anyways, i still think my little kuripotxt is better than chikka :P wahaha

  14. chrislpc says:

    38 million registered users? pag nakareceive ka ng chikka message automatically registered ka na sa server nila bibigyan ka na agad ng password. Hateful behavior in my opinion. Ang dami ko na kinagalitan na sa hotline ng mga telco kasi sabi ko alisin nyo ako sa chikka, i don’t want to receive them, pero ayaw pa rin nila iblock…

  15. AdRian says:

    magiging free pa kaya ang chikka?

  16. This would be interesting. Hope it would still be free.

  17. Paano na po kaya ang free text nila?

  18. badnobe says:

    patay tayo nyan. siguradong di na libre ang chikka. smart pa. eh talagang smart yang mga yan.

  19. peter says:

    I doubt if it is a good thing. The good old days of free texting from pc to globe, sun, and smart may be over! Smart has its greedy intentions for buying chikka.

  20. rey mendoza says:

    they can shut down the free text service but there will always be other options, if smart bought them to kill competition, they are dead wrong.

  21. Pooh Thank in a Moo says:

    Wag na problemahin yan. Kadaming free text websites. Kung marunong lang kayong maghanap.

  22. THEunknown says:

    I enjoyed reading your opinions.. But for me i don’t think smart will kill chikka’s operation. Chikka is the leading content provider for Smart. Note that telecoms here’s does not develop content from themselves but they look for CP which can make and develop products and services for them. Most of the free txt alerts, horoscopes, ring tones and other services are dveloped by CPs. And i think buying chikka is a good move for Smart. Maybe chikka has the best and fastest innovating CP.

  23. B. RAHI HOH says:

    huh! no doubt smart will charge chikka’s free txt messages to globe/sun while maintaining the free service to smart network only.

  24. why is it that telcos are acquiring content providers. ito na ba ang business model ngayon? they have wolfac right? globe has EGG? what next? ung IG kaya or ZED?

  25. jeremy says:

    09193312361 pene load pki send po jan

  26. jeremy says:

    09193312361 penge load pki send po jan

  27. jeremy says:

    09193312361 penge load pki send po jan

  28. wow.. chikka was bought by smart? really now…

    why would smart bother to buy chika? hmmm… chika has loads of information, from cellphone numbers to emails, to contacts. chika is even on your desktop.. :) may be that will answer your questions, that why would smart bother buying chika.


    chika was very famous back then but didnt evolve to much profitable terms…


    chika is cheating… chika users pretend as the normal users masked with the name… then when you reply.. 2.50php will cost the sender.. :( too bad…

  29. megan says:

    i cant access in my new laptop. eseries sony ..also in samsung mini!

  30. observer1 says:

    yes, nakain na ni smart si chikka… nararamdaman na ng chikka people ngayon yan… :) smart move si smart talaga… nice.

  31. anonymous1 says:

    I think smart finds no more use of chikka. They are starting to shut them down.

  32. Eye Strain says:

    At first this sounded like great news, but it seems the merger isn’t going so well now. I wonder what this really means for smart now?

  33. insider says:

    Chikka just had its third retrenchment a month or two ago. Business is REALLY going bad. CP? They’ve reduced their content department from 20+ members to 2. Yes. Only 2 remains. This isn’t a good move at all when few years back, Google was buying Chikka.

  34. insider says:

    Smart is not shutting down chikka. In fact they are pouring in more capital to the company (for the new office, new servers etc)

  35. otepsphere says:

    The smart company is really smart.. maybe in future they see that chikka will be a threath :D …

  36. Paolo says:

    Smart move by Smart. There is a lot of money to be made with Chikka :)

  37. alfredo francisco says:

    papa chat nman tau ngun

  38. Ewan says:

    Nimbuzz naman tayo.

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