Mobile messenger war

 ·26 Oct 2012
Message apps

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is the most popular mobile messaging system on Vodacom’s network, but Mxit and WhatsApp are not far behind.

Vodacom, the largest mobile operator in South Africa, says that BBM is the top messaging platform on its network, followed by Mxit and WhatsApp. However, WhatsApp should not be discounted.

WhatsApp is the fastest growing mobile messaging system on the Vodacom network, and it is expected to exceed BBM and Mxit’s user numbers within months if the current growth trend continues.

Mike Fairon, GM for product innovation and development at MTN SA, said that WhatsApp is proving to be the most popular messaging service in SA due to the app being agnostic across most OS platforms, extending the users’ reach to their social communities.

Recent research from World Wide Worx MD, Arthur Goldstuck, confirmed Vodacom and MTN’s feedback. Goldstuck said that WhatsApp has become the leading instant messaging tool among South Africans aged 16 and over, living in cities and towns, with a user base of 4.6 million.

Mxit remains popular

According to Goldstuck, Mxit, which has a very strong presense in the youth market, currently has 9.35 million users in South Africa.

Mike Fairon, GM for product innovation and development at MTN SA, said that Mxit remains popular in the youth and emerging segment, and offers an alternative to SMS for feature type phone users.

Cell C, 8ta and Virgin Mobile could not provide information about the popularity of mobile messaging platforms on their networks.

Related articles

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr leaves Mxit

Mxit: on the money

Mxit-Motribe deal details

Mxit acquires Motribe

Standard Bank and Mxit launch mobile money service

Show comments
Subscribe to our daily newsletter