Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Indian App Hike Messenger launched free ' Hike Calls' that allows users across the globe to make a voice call over 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks.
The introduction of voice calls has come within a month of Hike making it's first acquisition - a free calling app - Zip Phone.
Launched in December 2012, Hike had reported over 35 million users in August, 2014. It has raised $86 million from Tiger Global and BSB, so far. Most of its user base is under the age of 15 and residing in India.
The free Hike calling feature is currently in beta on Android, as the platform contributes to over 90 percent of Hike’s user base. The company plans to roll out iOS and Windows versions by the end of this quarter.
Hike, which is a so-called over-the-top (OTT) service, is backed by Bharti Softbank, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Japan's SoftbankCorp.