Jump to navigation

Viber, one of Skype’s biggest VoIP rivals, has been bought by Japanese firm Rakuten in a multi–million pound deal. The online retailer has stumped up £540 million for the Cyprus–based messaging and VOIP service.

The move is being seen as an attempt to shore up Rakuten’s position in its home country, where it’s being squeezed financially by Amazon’s growing presence. Rakuten invested in Pinterest in 2012.

Viber has over 300 million global users, with internet calling over 3G and a new desktop IM platform for calling non–Viber users currently its key offerings. Skype, owned by Microsoft, remains the market leader when it comes to VoIP.

It’s as yet unclear what the takeover means for the future of Viber, which was only founded in 2010. However, it’s unlikely that end users will see any changes to the service, at least in the short term.

It could also mean greater competition in the space, as Skype and Google look to fight back against Rakuten’s move.



Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest Comments

  • Dadamo 23 hours ago Android Auto rollout begins The two Japanese company Pioneer and Kenwood are the first to announce car stereos compatible Android...
  • Dadamo 23 hours ago Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6... the galaxy s6 and mostly the galaxy s6 edge are too expensive so I think many people will buy them with...
  • Dadamo 23 hours ago Huawei Honor Holly unveiled,... The smartphone and its 5-inch screen line up today in the category of reasonable phones while before a 5...

Search news