Finnish company, Jongla launches instant messaging service in Africa


Jongla, an innovative company that specialises in operator-, device- and platform-independent mobile messaging, has announced the launch of an instant messaging app (also called Jongla) in Africa.

Called the world’s lightest messaging app (it’s only 2.5MB), Jongla has the same features as other messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber et al, and some extras.

It enables users to send and receive unlimited free text messages, stickers, photos, videos and funny voice messages.

All these are done over the Internet on 4G, 3G, EDGE and GPRS networks as well as over low-speed Wi-Fi networks, which opens up the world of free instant messaging to people living and working in Africa, where cellular and data services are often unreliable and expensive.

Jongla can be used more often and in more places as it uses innovative technology to reduce bandwidth usage so it helps people save their data plan and money.

CEO of Jongla, Riku Salminen said, “We have made instant messaging possible for people who don’t have high-end smartphones and live and work in areas where there is often limited access to mobile broadband.

We chose Nigeria to launch Jongla in Africa because we know that many people here are frustrated with the current user experience that most of the IM apps offer. We have been able to solve various technical challenges without needing to compromise on functionality.

Users want something more fun and personal than just basic messaging to connect with friends and family. We believe in a world where everyone can communicate instantly, freely and securely from anywhere and with anyone regardless of where they live, which phone they have and which network they can access.”

Jongla has a number of other innovative features that stands it out, thereby making it appealing to people looking for a free and reliable way to communicate with their friends, family and colleagues.

Some of these features include JONGLA OUT, VOICE MESSAGING, EASY SHARING and GROUP CHAT.

One feature that wasn’t left out is SECURITY (because it is a big deal nowadays). Jongla uses full TLS encryption to keep chats safe and protects privacy by allowing users to set a personal passcode lock.

The Jongla app will be launched at the Mobile West Africa conference which takes place on April 20-21, 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Jongla is already localised to 20 languages and it can be downloaded for free by Africans from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Windows Phone Store, and Firefox Marketplace.

One more thing: The Jongla team is currently working to add new social and collaborative features to Jongla that will go way beyond traditional messaging.

The next generation of Jongla, which will have new social features, will be launched by mid-2016.

Established in 2009, Jongla is a Finnish-based company founded by Arto Boman and owned by a group of private investors and management.

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