Hike Messenger, a homegrown chat application, has launched free ‘hike calls’, a feature that permits users to call each other for free. Users can make the call over 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi enabled networks to 200 countries.

The launch of hike calls follows its first acquisition, a free calling application, Zip Phone.

“While building free hike calls, we kept two things in mind. Firstly, India is a cost sensitive market and as a result we’ve ensured that our service is extremely efficient on data,” said Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO of Hike Messenger.

“It means our users can pack in more minutes per MB when calling on hike. Secondly, we’ve made hike’s free calling service available globally in over 200+ countries. Hikers from India can now speak with their loved ones in India and across the world for free,” he added.

The free hike calling feature has been launched in beta on Android, which contributes to over 90 per cent of hike’s user base. The iOS and Windows versions are slated to release by the end of this quarter.

rajesh.kurup@thehindu.co.in

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