NIGERIAN TALK AND CHAT APP ANNOUNCES REMITTANCE FEATURE
23rd May 2016
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BeepTool, the Nigerian internet communications firm, has launched a new service that allows Nigerian breadwinners abroad to play an active role in managing the finances of their families back home.

In addition to placing free calls and sending remittances, Nigerians abroad can now use BeepTool to directly pay their families’ bills and load their mobile phones with prepaid credit.

CEO and co-founder John Enoh says this targeted remittance service will safeguard against possible misuse of remittances, a common problem encountered by Nigerian immigrant workers who are the main source of income for their families.

 

“One of the big struggles today in Nigerians’ personal finances is reckless spending. BeepTool’s aim with targeted remittances is to eliminate the worries of our Nigerian immigrant workers, who are often more financially literate than their families back home,” Enoh says.

 

Remittances worth about US$21 billion flow into Nigeria via banks and money transfer services annually. These have been a crucial lifeline for Nigerian families. Most Nigerians allocate the remittances for food and other basic household needs, followed by school tuition, medical expenses and debt payments.

 

BeepTool allows customers to pay electricity, telephone, internet, cable, water and gas bills from their mobile phone, tablet or computer. Families may opt to receive remittances from BeepTool through bank deposits, pick-up at partner retail centers or door-to-door delivery.

 

BeepTool eliminates numerous hops in the global transfer of money, passing significant savings on to consumers compared with multinational companies like Western Union and banks, which extract hefty fees.

 

Between these savings and the savings BeepTool offers on international calling, BeepTool has become an invaluable resource for families with loved ones abroad. By putting more money in the pockets of ordinary Nigerians, the locally based firm has positioned itself to become a vital driver of the national economy.

BeepTool offers lowest-price VoIP calls to Nigeria
17th May 2016
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Nigerian app surpasses 500,000 users

LAGOS, Nigeria — The Nigerian startup BeepTool is surpassing Skype, WhatsApp and Viber in offering affordable services for the African diaspora by offering nearly free, flat-rate VoIP (internet to mobile or landline) calling to Nigeria.

“Nigerians are traveling more than ever before, vacationing and living abroad, from Boston to Berlin to Beijing. As a Lagos-based company, we understand our customers need inexpensive, reliable lines of communication back home,” said John Enoh, CEO and President of BeepTool.

“That’s why we’re offering flat-rate calling to Nigeria. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, or whether you’re calling a landline or any of Nigeria’s mobile carriers. You’ll always pay just 2.6 cents per minute.”

BeepTool’s rate is lower than any other service provider. Other VoIP calls from BeepTool start from as low as $0.008 per minute, making BeepTool the most affordable communication tool currently on the market.

In addition, BeepTool-to- BeepTool voice and video calling is free, and BeepTool offers low-cost money transfers, letting Nigerians send remittances to loved ones back home or pay bills easily and instantly from anywhere in the world. More than 500,000 people have downloaded the free BeepTool app, available from the Apple and Google app stores.

“With half a million people relying on BeepTool, we’re on track to become Africa’s favorite talk and text app,” Enoh said.

BeepTool is a free communication app that enables video conferencing, talk, text and file sharing on an array of devices. Its presence is growing fast in Africa and around the world. With BeepTool, users get free calls and text messages to anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world via WiFi or 3G/4G/LTE — without draining minutes from service providers. Available on iOS, Android, Mac, PC and HTML5.

Download BeepTool from the Apple store:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/beeptool/id911357270

Download BeepTool from Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.beeptool.beeptool

HOW TO MAKE TOTALLY FREE CALLS WORLDWIDE
12th Feb 2016
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HOW TO MAKE TOTALLY FREE CALLS WORLDWIDE… -is it really possible? Phone bills are going up – everyone has realized that, but there are ways to lower phone bills or even eliminate them completely. We at BEEPTOOL know that most people want to save money on their phone bills and therefore we have developed a VoIP calling app that allows you to call others at a fraction of the price of using your regular phone plan and still have great quality calls. (To see how BEEPTOOL works go to https://www.beeptool.com/what-is-beeptool/ ) Free online calls are made using VoIP. These calls send voice signals through the internet instead of regular phone lines and thus allow you to make free or very cheap calls. (for more information on VoIP and how it works here is a great guidehttp://www.moneysupermarket.com/broadband/voip/) With VoIP you can even make free online calls internationally, it doesn’t make a difference where you want to call, it will always be free or at a fraction of the price compared to your regular mobile phone plan. If you are one of those people wondering how to make a free online call – read on… WHO SHOULD USE VOIP? Many people are looking for an everyday solution to their high phone bills but even if you are comfortable with your regular phone plan on a day-to-day basis, there are certain times when using VoIP instead of a regular mobile phone plan is a good idea. When abroad for example, your regular phone plan provider will charge a fortune for making phone calls. If using VoIP instead, all you need is wifi or mobile data and you’re good to go! It is useful for students who are studying abroad and have a limited budget. They will benefit from VoIP as they can call friends and family in their hometown for free and still enjoy good quality calls. It is also very useful for small businesses that deal with international clients, VoIP will help them save loads of money on calls as well. So you see there are plenty of people who could benefit free online calls by using VoIP over their regular phone plans. DIFFERENT TYPES OF FREE ONLINE CALLING; If you look online for free online calling you will find hundreds if not thousands of apps and programs and it may be hard to choose. It is important to remember that they are not all the same. You may have to try out a couple until you are satisfied. The main difference will obviously be ease of use and call quality – meaning how clear the call is, if you can hear the other person and they can hear you properly, if there are any disturbances, static etc. There are three different types of free online calling apps; • App the app calling. This is the most popular type of app and this is the way BEEPTOOL works. Calls are free to all users on the same network. This is great for calling friends and family – you can just ask them to download the app as well. If you want to call a stranger, or you want to make a call for business, it is more complicated but BEEPTOOL and many other apps offer calls to other networks for a really small fee. (To find out about BEEPTOOL low call rates go to https://www.beeptool.com/rates/ ) If you use the app for free calling and you are happy with the service, it may be worth it to top up your account on the app so you will be able to make paid costs with that app as well. In addition to calling BEEPTOOL offers services such as video calling, group chat, audio conference, sharing location and more. If these features are important to you check out what features different apps have to offer. • PC to phone calling: these programs allow you to make free VoIP calls directly from your Pc to a mobile or landline. You do not need to download any apps. They do come with limitations though; either time-wise or location-wise. Some of these programs only allow you to make free calls to certain countries and other countries need to be paid for. Other programs will only allow you to call for a certain amount of time, this can be useful if you just want to say something small and you can always ask the person you are calling to call you back. • App to phone calling: these apps will allow you to make free online calls to a mobiles and/or landlines that are not part of the same network. This type of calling also has its limitations, either time-wise or location-wise. you might only be able to call people in a certain location or for a certain amount of minutes. As with all VoIP calling it is important to note that while you may save money on your calls, your data plan might go sky-high. Check out your data allowance before you start making VoIP calls and whenever possible use Wifi or data. Another problem with VoIP calling is that they are not all suitable for calling emergency services because they some of these programs and apps cannot detect locations and send you call the right call-centre. Most people use VoIP in addition to their regular phone plans so this should not present a problem as they can call emergency services from their regular phone plan. There are however apps and services that have solutions to this problem. If you plan on using VoIP instead of a regular phone plan it is important to get an app or service that supports emergency calling. SO IS FREE ONLINE CALLING FOR YOU? Free online calling exists and will help you save money on your calls abroad but all services come with limitations. Either you both need to download the same app, or you have restricted minutes or restricted countries you can call. But it’s free! So why not use it and enjoy it FOR GREAT QUALITY FREE CALLS, WHY NOT DOWNLOAD THE BEEPTOOL APP? FREE CALLS, FREE VIDEO CALLS AND FREE MESSAGING TO ALL YOUR FRIEND IN THE BEEPTOOL COMMUNITY!!! www.beeptool.com
Nigerian immigrants workers can now send money, buy airtime and pay bills for families and friends back home instantly using BeepTool
18th Oct 2015
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Nigerian immigrants workers can now send money, buy airtime and pay bills for families and friends back home instantly  using BeepTool

BeepTool transfers money instantly worldwide and cheaper than similar services, like Western Union LAGOS, Nigeria (Oct. 16, 2015): BeepTool, the Nigerian internet communications firm, has launched a new service that allows Nigerian breadwinners abroad to play an active role in managing the finances of their families back home.   In addition to placing free calls and sending remittances, Nigerians abroad can now use BeepTool to directly pay their families’ bills and load their mobile phones with prepaid credit. CEO and co-founder John Enoh says this targeted remittance service will safeguard against possible misuse of remittances, a common problem encountered by Nigerian immigrant workers who are the main source of income for their families.   “One of the big struggles today in Nigerians’ personal finances is reckless spending. BeepTool’s aim with targeted remittances is to eliminate the worries of our Nigerian immigrant workers, who are often more financially literate than their families back home,” Enoh says.   Remittances worth about US$21 billion flow into Nigeria via banks and money transfer services annually. These have been a crucial lifeline for Nigerian families. Most Nigerians allocate the remittances for food and other basic household needs, followed by school tuition, medical expenses and debt payments.   BeepTool allows customers to pay electricity, telephone, internet, cable, water and gas bills from their mobile phone, tablet or computer. Families may opt to receive remittances from BeepTool through bank deposits, pick-up at partner retail centers or door-to-door delivery.   BeepTool eliminates numerous hops in the global transfer of money, passing significant savings on to consumers compared with multinational companies like Western Union and banks, which extract hefty fees.   Between these savings and the savings BeepTool offers on international calling, BeepTool has become an invaluable resource for families with loved ones abroad. By putting more money in the pockets of ordinary Nigerians, the locally based firm has positioned itself to become a vital driver of the national economy.   ###   About BeepTool BeepTool is a free communication app that enables video conferencing, talk, text and file sharing on an array of devices. Its presence is growing fast in Africa and around the world. With BeepTool, users get free calls and text messages to anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world via WiFi or 3G/4G/LTE — without draining minutes from service providers. Available on iOS, Android, Mac, PC and HTML5. Download BeepTool from the Apple store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/beeptool/id911357270 Download BeepTool from Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.beeptool.beeptool www.beeptool.com 
BeepTool partners with Connect2U in South Africa expansion
15th Dec 2014
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BeepTool partners with Connect2U in South Africa expansion

Topups for $5 up through $30 are now available throughout South Africa and Nigeria.

Topups for $5 up through $30 are now available throughout South Africa and Nigeria.

With nearly 40,000 BeepTool users around the world, the company is expanding to offer its popular vouchers in South Africa.

Starting today, users will be able to top up at internet cafés and schools across the country, thanks to a new distribution partnership with Connect2U, a Welkom-based technology company. The vouchers are available in small denominations, including US$1, and are perfect for users who do not have a bank account.

BeepTool will also begin selling topups through Quickteller and Interswitch payment processing services. And because most ATMs in Nigeria are supported by these two companies, BeepTool topups will be available for purchase directly from the menus of ATMs across the country. Additional, BeepTool is partnering with DIDx to provide BeepTool Virtual Numbers to users so that they can make and receive calls without internet. Already, users can top up their accounts online by visiting http://www.beeptool.com/rates/. “For low-income earners, the simple act of communication with loved ones abroad is a difficulty. Our prepaid topup cards provide access to inexpensive communication to millions,” said BeepTool founder and CEO John Enoh. “Thanks to our new partnership with Connect2U, we’re again proving our commitment to connecting people, offering our topup cards at retail locations. “Now, even if you don’t have a bank account, you can take advantage of BeepTool,” he said. “With these new partnerships, BeepTool is now closer to all Africans.” BeepTool, the low-cost talk-and-text company, has been growing steadily since it launched in August 2014. Many of the features on its free BeepTool app are available at no cost, including BeepTool-to-BeepTool talk, text and video calling. The cost to place VoIP calls to landline and mobile phones globally is significantly below the price of other talk-and-text providers and even domestic mobile service providers. Some international “BeepTool Out” rates are as low as $0.008 per minute. Additionally, just by downloading the BeepTool app, users automatically receive $1 credit. Currently, BeepTool topup cards are available at retail stores in Nigeria (Lagos state, Niger state, Nassarawa state and Abuja). Beginning today, they will be available at stores, schools and callshops operated by Connect2U across South Africa. Topup cards are available in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $30.
Introducing, BeepTool’s Most Convenient Option Yet: Prepaid TopUp With Unlimited Talk And Text
27th Nov 2014
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Introducing BeepTool’s Most Convenient Option Yet: Prepaid TopUp With Unlimited Talk And Text

BeepTool Top-up Card Are you the kind of person who likes to talk or text a lot — to the point where your phone bill is a surprise every month? BeepTool has a solution. Starting right now, you can top up your mobile phone and talk and text as much as you want, to mobile phones and landlines anywhere in the world through your free BeepTool app. That means you could be in Lagos talking to your family member in Hong Kong, London, New York — it doesn’t matter — for as long as you want. Here’s how it works. If you want to pay online, just click here and click the button at the bottom of the next screen. If you don’t have a credit card, however, there’s another option: BeepTool is selling a series of prepaid mobile VoIP TopUp cards at retail stores in Nigeria and  the Philippines. Once you’ve downloaded the free BeepTool app from the Apple Store or Google Play, you’re ready to talk and text. There are a few different pricing options for different needs. Each gives you unexpired access. If you just need to call and text around world , you can get 300 minutes for $5. OR get 750 minutes for $10. To call and text anywhere in the world and get 1,500 minutes, the cost is only $20. Or, if you prefer unfettered access to every landline and mobile phone in the world, and the ability to call and text as much as you want, the cost is only $30. One more thing. If you own a retail store, and you want information about how you can become a certified seller of our prepaid Mobile VoIP TopUp cards, just email us at info@beeptool.com. Start helping BeepTool connect the world today!
BeepTool has all the power of Skype, priced for Africa
15th Nov 2014
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BeepTool has all the power of Skype, priced for Africa

BeepTool Rates Comparison Africa has the world’s fastest-growing middle class and the world’s fastest-growing mobile phone market. BeepTool is helping to fuel that rise by offering affordable alternatives to service providers that price many Africans out of using their mobile phones to their potential. “I am not in business to make money at once,” said John Enoh, 34, CEO and President of BeepTool. Instead, Enoh is playing a long game. “Our argument is that if people could stay on WiFi 20 percent to 80 percent of their time or have already paid for data on their GSM provider, why should they also pay high rates for voice calls?” BeepTool offers all the services of a standard talk-and-text app — including free in-app calls, messaging, file and picture transfer, and group video talk. The difference is that BeepTool’s rates to landlines and mobile phones, domestic and international, are the lowest anywhere. For example, someone in Nigeria could call his or her relative in the United Kingdom for just $0.008 per minute. BeepTool’s user base and topups are growing fast. In early stage launch, the BeepTool app, which is free to download from Google Play or the iTunes Story, now has more than 15,000 users. It is on track to reach more than 800,000 users in three years. Enoh, a UK-educated programmer from rural Nigeria, sees his company as a vehicle to broader social goals, including economic development and greater access to information on the continent. “We’re proud to be a part of Africa’s telecommunications boom,” Enoh says. “But we’re not satisfied with just creating another Viber and calling it a day. Through partnerships with private sector and government, we believe we can someday bring WiFi to non-urban centers and increase economic opportunity for young Africans.” Enoh grew up far from any town. Even there in the Nigerian bush, mobile phones are commonplace now, but service is too expensive for a region where farming is the predominant industry. In 2012, he began developing BeepTool as a means of disrupting the service providers’ dominance. “BeepTool is part of a growing movement of domestic tech startups which empower Africans to compete globally,” he says. “We’re creating work opportunities, demand for smart phones, and cheap connectivity for individuals and businesses. Africans are pushing the limits to be on par with their counterparts in other climes.”
BeepTool Downloads Surge, And The Reviews Are Overwhelmingly Positive
8th Nov 2014
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BeepTool Downloads Surge, And The Reviews Are Overwhelmingly Positive

1 When Pratik Kathrotiya downloaded the BeepTool app in September, he liked it so much he went to Google Play and added one of the dozens of overwhelmingly positive reviews BeepTool has received. “Fantastic calling application,” he wrote. “It’s (an) amazing application with (the) lowest calling rate. When you install this application, you will get free $1 credit. It has good voice clarity and (works well despite) low internet connection.” Pratik is one of the more than 15,000 people who now use BeepTool, one of Africa’s fastest-growing talk and text apps. BeepTool takes the best parts of other popular talk and text apps but targets them specifically for audiences where internet connection is not widespread and where international calling is not affordable. With BeepTool Out, you can call mobile phones and landlines in foreign countries for as little as $0.008 per minute. “I’m giving 5 stars because of its features,” writes Ayodeji Olutunde. “The call rate is extremely cheaper than other apps I have come across. The support is also efficient. Thumb up!” Others mentioned how easy it is to make calls and deliver texts, with one user even saying BeepTool makes it easy to keep in touch with older people, including his grandparents. Nearly 80 percent of the people who have reviewed the BeepTool app on Google Play have given it either four or five stars. That’s an extremely positive response for an app that’s just getting started. “Beeptool simply works!” writes one user. “Amazing call quality and seamless connection! I recommend it to everybody!”
Nigerian Economy: How BeepTool VoIP Is Fueling Communications Growth
29th Oct 2014
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How BeepTool Is Helping To Boost Nigeria’s Communications Economy

Mobile PhoneNigeria’s 174 million people help drive Africa’s largest economy. The telecommunications industry is arguably its most vital sector for the Nigerian economy. Sometime last winter, the number of mobile phones in Nigeria surpassed the number of people. There are now 177 million mobile phones in the country. That means people are communicating more than ever, both domestically and internationally. Meanwhile, multinational companies are swooping in to capitalize on these gains. And the Nigerian government is going out of its way to help these companies and domestic providers expand the communications infrastructure, including by granting large tax breaks. This is, of course, good news. The Nigerian economy needs more of all kinds of infrastructure. But they can’t do it alone. For many Africans, the cost of mobile phone service is just too high. Frequently, they use their devices for only the most basic functions, including banking, Mobile Money and SMS. That’s great, but Nigeria can do better. For budding small businesses, for farmers bringing crops to market, and for students building their professional networks, an inexpensive way to share conversations, files, images and video conferencing is becoming more and more essential. And as Nigeria’s economy joins the global economy, an international method of doing all these things — without going broke — is more important now than ever before. The benefit of a service like BeepTool, then, is easy to understand. With international calling rates for less than a penny, it is the most low-cost communications solution yet developed. “Our argument is that if people could stay on WiFi 20 percent to 80 percent of their time or have already paid for data on their GSM provider, why should they also pay high rates for voice calls?” says BeepTool CEO John Enoh. The logic is clear, and the economic benefits to individuals and to their enterprises is obvious. But there still are obstacles to moving forward. That’s where the infrastructure comes back into the picture. WiFi is not as broadly available as it needs to be in Nigeria, and data is not always reliable or strong. Most of the country still does not have broadband, but the government has a goal of reaching 30 percent broadband penetration by 2017. This is a positive step, but that will require a significant amount of investment from the public and private sectors. BeepTool is prepared to be a leading partner in this effort. “Our foremost goal is to make communication affordable and accessible to low earners who are the bulk of the African population,” Enoh says.  “If it had been possible we would have loved to offer the services free.”
Africa’s communication problem: It needs cheap telecom but isn’t getting it
19th Oct 2014
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With Rates Less Than A Penny, BeepTool Taps Into Africa’s Need For Inexpensive Communication

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  Africa has a communication problem. Even though two-thirds of sub-Saharan adults have mobile phones, the rates are simply too high for many of them to get the most from their devices. Some lower-cost options have emerged, including 2go and Whatsapp, but their usefulness ends where the WiFi signal cuts out. WiFi in Africa is still unavailable to millions. BeepTool, with its growing user base of more than 10,000, is making a bold bet that it can offer the classic VoIP capabilities — plus extremely affordable rates to call from BeepTool to mobile phones and landlines around the world. The rate to call a mobile phone in the UK from Africa, for example, is less than US$0.01. “Our argument is that if people could stay on WiFi 20 percent to 80 percent of their time or have already paid for data on their GSM provider, why should they also pay high rates for voice calls?” That’s John Enoh, founder and CEO of BeepTool, who grew up in rural Nigeria where people still rely on their farming incomes to make ends meet. To connect their businesses domestically and to stay in touch with the diaspora, BeepTool is urgently needed. With such low rates, though, the game he’s playing is a long one. “I am not in business to make money at once,” Enoh says. His revenue right now is a pittance, due to the market-conscious fees. But just two months after launch, BeepTool is on course to surpass 400,000 users in three years, at which point the company will break even. Despite this, Enoh says, “our rates are not low enough. If it had been possible we would have loved to offer the services free. Our foremost goal is to make communication affordable and accessible to low earners who are the bulk of the African population.” BeepTool has plans in the works to dispatch ambassadors to college campuses across the continent encouraging African students to sign up.