Free is an incredibly powerful word, and its influence over us as consumers is magnetic. Who doesn’t like free deals? If genuine, the deal is irresistible. Viber is one famous app that uses the internet to make calls to 105 million monthly users in India.
Freekall, a Bangalore-based cloud telephony provides a service where a user can call any mobile or landline for free. Freekall recently secured a seed round of Rs 10 lakhs from Ranjit Cherickel, founding member of 88mph, an Africa-based accelerator program platform.To expand the team further and improve their infrastructure, the team is also raising a major seed round soon from various individual angel investors.
Yashas C Sekar tells us that they have been receiving tremendous response for the Freekall service from all quarters. With the re-launch, they’ve grown their registered user base by 2000 to 3000 everyday without spending on advertising.
He also mentions that there is one underlying tricky user experience that they’ve been noticing from day one: the pain of remembering a number and punching it. And hence, to do away with that cumbersome procedure for their smartphone users, they have come up with a mobile application.
The Freekall app allows you to land into your contacts screen, after which you need to search the number and select it. After a 5-seconds waiting period, you will receive a call from Freekall’s number, connecting your call after a 10-second ad.
Yashas informs us that the man behind this Mobile App is Vinay Kashyap, who joined them, but was contributing towards the development of the Freekall app over months, even while he was working with his previous employer.
Plans going forward:
The product road map consists of a few things which will be unveiled in successive months, including challenging hurdles like caller identification. For example, whenever a Freekall user calls another Freekall app user, the app will display the original caller details . They’re also looking forward to open a Singapore or Hong Kong wing as Indian regulations don’t allow them to offer international calls. They’re quite positive about rolling out the app with international calling capabilities without internet in upcoming months.
Yashas also tells us that the technology setup they have is ready to launch the Freekall service in different geographies. They’ve been partnering with multiple advertising partners globally to check out the feasibility to launch Freekall overseas.
Freekall is launching the private beta of Freekall app for select 500 users on Yourstory Launch Friday. To get access, visit droid.freekall.co and drop your mail ID. Freekall will send an invite, and they also request the users to kindly drop their feedback at email@example.com