131 Comments

Summary:

AirG, a Vancouver-based mobile social network provider, says it has hit the milestone of 10 million unique users, growing from 7 million users just a few months ago. Unlike social networks like MySpace and Facebook that have mobile services, AirG has no PC-based network, and works […]

AirG, a Vancouver-based mobile social network provider, says it has hit the milestone of 10 million unique users, growing from 7 million users just a few months ago. Unlike social networks like MySpace and Facebook that have mobile services, AirG has no PC-based network, and works exclusively through a mobile phone interface.

This approach has allowed the company to fine tune and build niche social networks around users who don’t spend a lot of time in front of the computer. A popular community is a Spanish-language community called Conexion Latina, which has one million users in North America.


AirG’s service enables chat through text and IM, and the creation and search of photo profiles through mobile Internet access. There are a lot of startups that are pushing mobile social networks, but AirG, which was co-founded by Frederick Ghahramani, Vincent Yen and Bryce Pasechnik in 2000, has been pragmatic and has relied on simple technologies like text messaging. This simple approach (which also increases the lucrative text messaging business) has helped the company get carriers to back its service, and services are commonly branded by each carrier. It has signed up 85 operators including Verizon, Cingular, China Mobile, Vodafone, and Airtel.

Frederick Ghahramani, co-founder of the company, over the course of a lunch earlier this week said AirG had grown to enough users for population-targeted surveys. The company test-ran a survey and polled 30,000 users in 90 minutes. Ghahtamani said it brought in ten times the click through rate of online ads. (Could this be the new model of advertising online?)

Beyond polling the company is looking more into mobile marketing, both targeted ads to its users and enabling brands to create communities for marketing tools. I was thinking that the company might be expanding its business to target media brands and ad-companies because its sick of paying a high revenue cut to the carriers. Though, Ghahramani won’t discuss the financials of the company, he assures us they’re doing well. The company is privately funded.

  1. like to find a person to love

    Share
    1. HEY YOU KNOW HOW 2GET ON AIRG FROM A COMPUTER

      Share
      1. hey if u find out how could u pls tell me? ill do the same if i do

        Share
      2. please let me know if anyone of u askn how to get on airg 4rm a computer. That already found out how. thank-u

        Share
      3. do you know how to get on airg from a computer

        Share
      4. go to mozilla and download the browser to your computer then go to this website \
        https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1851

        download the pref. button once that is done open up the mozilla browser and go to:

        1. spoof
        2. click on keep out
        3. http://www.msnmobile.airg.ca i just found out how to do it i missed my fans thats y lol

        Share
      5. this method doesn’t work

        Share
      6. go to this page and just follow the instructions

        http://www.ehow.com/how_5055539_airg-chat-rooms-using-computer.html

        Share
      7. did you find out how to get on airg on the computer

        Share
      8. Ashley Whigham Wednesday, June 16, 2010

        get on line on the phone and than go to the computer and see who online and type in your name or nickname

        Share
  2. I went to school with Fred and Vincent. I remember them staying in the lab all night working on the early beginnings of Airg back in 1999.

    Airg is an amazing success story. Supported by just the tiniest dose of angel backing several years ago, they have been one of the most successful cash flow stories in the mobile space. If you can get a few minutes of their time they can validate almost any idea in the wireless space with great precision and foresight. Watch Airg carefully in the coming years. I would not be suprised at all if they end up being the first mobile content company to reach the magic $1B/year in revenue. And I also won’t be surprised to learn they got there with zero VC funding.

    Airg is the Electronic Arts of the mobile space.

    Share
  3. When r yall gonna add cricket to your list of phone companys that have airg chat cuz i used to have cingular then i switched to cricket and now i cant read my messages

    Share
  4. Having an screening interview coming on with AirG, I needed to make sure the financial status of the company due to what has happened to me as a selected candidate in poorly financed company. Well, here I googled it and got this page saying $1bill./yr which sounds just a hopeful. I wanted to see the fact and the server is just too busy!

    Share
  5. Is there anyway to get airg on my i930

    Share
  6. i have t-mobile as my cell phone carrier, and i use your air.g to chat and receive messages. Is there a way to access airg from home computer? If so, how can it be accessed? thank you.

    Share
  7. Is there a way to access AirG on the Sidekick iD?

    Share
  8. Is there some way that I can go onto AirG on my computer?

    Share
    1. is there some way that i cango onto AirG on my computer

      Share
  9. I was able to go on airg thru tmobile but now I have a sidekick 3 I can’t find the link to be able to chat there. People send me the link but I still can’t log in. It was thru tzones but sidekick has a bundle package that doesn’t go thru that. Something about sidekicks don’t have >>wap<<…help please

    Share
  10. I used 2 have Boost Mobile and now I have T-Mobile I would always get on AirG but now I can’t is it a way I can login through my T-Mobile Sidekick?

    Share

Comments have been disabled for this post