South African entrepreneurs Themba Moyo and Lisa Phendla are looking to take on WhatsApp with the release of Teta, a new instant messaging app that works even when you have run out of airtime or data.
Teta Mobile Chat allows you to privately chat with your pals, share photos and files as well as meet new people in mobile chatrooms at no data/airtime cost to yourself as long as you are accessing the service via a participating mobile network service provider.
Currently, only Vodacom SA (in South Africa) subscribers will be able to experience the service without incurring any data or airtime costs as the app is built on a Vodacom-developed platform that is used by Absa Bank and allows its clients access to its online banking services without airtime.
Once Teta has built up its user base, it plans to fund the cost of accessing the platform with advertising and aims to “expand it to MTN and Telkom later,” according to Moyo.
Teta is already available for download in Google’s Play Store with an iOS version coming to Apple’s App Store next year.