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AirG, A Mobile Network Of 10 Million Users

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.

131 Responses to “AirG, A Mobile Network Of 10 Million Users”

  1. Yeah, i really want to be able to get on boost hookt on the internet on my comp too! Hey if any of you wanna talk look me up on cool chat under: x-Angell-x!! K? PEACE!

  2. The ads on Airg are very annoying to the users. Its hard to chat in a room with crazy ads popping up. Also the ads have curse words in them but the users are not allowed to say curse words or they get banned from a room. Alot of users have switched to other chat sites because of the ads.

  3. u have been using airg cool chat for 9 months now,and now i cant find it in the applications menu-whats up?i just used it last night and now this morning its not there-help!!!!!!

  4. Im and another person who is inquiring about AirG on Sidekick3’s! I have a Boost Mobile Cell and i am about 2 get a Sidekick3! On Boost Mobile itz called Boost Hookt! I know itz a different name for T_MObile users and maybe a different Name 4 sidekicks! Is there a AirG in Sidekick3’s where i can log in to the same acount that i have on Boost Hookt? I just want to be cable to talk to the same people on my Bosst Hookt but from my Sidekick3! Any1 w/answers or explanations plz email me @! Thanx to all!

  5. Yeah I had boost and loved getting on before it became boost hookt and charged money but now I have a sidekick3 and I wanted to kno if there was a url that I could use to get use airg

  6. 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?

  7. isabelle

    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

  8. Anonymous

    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!

  9. 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.