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Nimbuzz Shows Mobile VoIP Is Rocking

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Nimbuzz, the Rotterdam, Netherlands-based mobile VoIP start-up, says that different variants of its mobile app have crossed 150 million downloads. The service has over 30 million users.

This data from Nimbuzz, and the spectacular growth of Skype, are signposts of how mobile Internet telephony is becoming pervasive. Even relative upstarts are finding growth, mostly as folks look to find ways to talk on the cheap, or preferably for free. According to Juniper Research, there will be 100 million mobile VoIP users by 2012 and 471 billion mobile VoIP minutes by 2015.

As the number of users on the network increases, we’ll see an exponential growth in the network usage, in this case, the total amount of time spent talking.  ?The company says the total number of minutes on its network is growing 50 percent month over month, with big growth coming from the Middle East, the U.S., India and Brazil. Nimbuzz users have talked for 3.65 billion mobile voice minutes since the app downloads began in May 2008.

?While it has been a big winner on the iPhone (s aapl), the Nimbuzz app has been downloaded 5 million times since it hit the Ovi store in September 2009. GetJar, a third-party app store, has provided 45 million downloads for the service.

17 Responses to “Nimbuzz Shows Mobile VoIP Is Rocking”

  1. internet phone

    Stats are really awesome. Most of the people say that the reason behind this over whelming popularity of voip phone service is its low price. I say price might be the factor but not the only factor. We should remember that voip phone vendors offer features that ordinary land line service providers can’t even think of.

  2. Good to know that Nimbuzz is rocking and gaining market share. Being one among the Nimbuzz India’s ambassadors users frequently asks me when this video calling feature can be expected. Hope team Nimbuzz rolls it out soon. Cheers!

  3. Sorry but I can’t resist.

    This is a complete fabrication and manipulation of stats. Fact checking in journalism seems to be a thing of the past Om. Present it more accurately as what it is, a PR piece designed to create the “everybody is atlready at the party” effect.

    • Hi Arlo,

      Tobias from Nimbuzz here. I want to assure you that none of our numbers are fabricated. While some of them are even public – see: or: – we have been very open with communicating our user numbers as well as downloads, and I don’t see how the above analyst data would be misleading either.

      Please feel free drop me a line anytime at tobias at nimbuzz dot com



    • Interesting, though I know that we get a ton more hits on our site, so I don’t know which single country Compete might be measuring here.

      Furthermore, we get 50% of our downloads from our mobile website, which doesn’t seemed to get measured in.

      Also, unlike others, we do not force people to update the app via GetJar, and on top of that we have apps such as our Blackberry, Android, and iPhone apps that are downloaded directly from the stores.

      Hope this helps : )

      If you want more facts, please feel free to send me an email to tobias at nimbuzz dot come

      • Ezeh Samuelson

        Hahaha, this is LOL funny. When faced with facts, Arlo turns tail and runs away. Does not apologize for stating false facts and calling out people or at least aknowledge his flawed argument. You are a man with diapers! I suggest instead of spendng time trying to berate your competitors who are a million times better than you, spend that time fixing your crappy iCall software!!! You guys had to close down the Facebook site and turn tail because your own users where exposing you for your lies and poor service. You should be ashamed to even try to criticize your own competitor that is stating facts and not trying to create fake buzz online about a pending sale like you did with your crappy Icall. You all are running on fumes, on one 5 year old review from the NYT!!! Never in a million years will you stand toe to toe with Nimbuzz. So cut out the crap and swallow the sour grapes. Take a warm bath and ask mama to put your pacifier into your mouth. You need to chill – is what I am trying to get at!!!!!

  4. since nimbuzz uses XMPP/Jingle it would be the perfect app to add gmail voice calling as an option. it would be really great to be able to use google voice over 3G and/or wifi from nimbuzz.

    any plans to add this?