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Smart buys Chikka.com

It’s been confirmed that yesterday Smart Communications has bought Chikka.com 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

Realme Philippines

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.

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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.

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Team Focus
8 years ago

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Ewan
Ewan
10 years ago

Nimbuzz naman tayo.

alfredo francisco
alfredo francisco
11 years ago

papa chat nman tau ngun

Paolo
11 years ago

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

otepsphere
11 years ago

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

insider
insider
11 years ago

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

insider
insider
11 years ago

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.

Eye Strain
11 years ago

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?

anonymous1
anonymous1
11 years ago

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

observer1
11 years ago

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

megan
megan
12 years ago

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

maryon mayor
12 years ago

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.

anyway…

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

IMO

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…

jeremy
12 years ago

09193312361 penge load pki send po jan

jeremy
12 years ago

09193312361 penge load pki send po jan

jeremy
12 years ago

09193312361 pene load pki send po jan

jong de ramon
12 years ago

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?

B. RAHI HOH
B. RAHI HOH
12 years ago

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

THEunknown
THEunknown
12 years ago

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.

Pooh Thank in a Moo
Pooh Thank in a Moo
12 years ago

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

rey mendoza
rey mendoza
12 years ago

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.

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