BeepTool has all the power of Skype, priced for AfricaAfrica 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 PositiveWhen 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!”
How BeepTool Is Helping To Boost Nigeria’s Communications EconomyNigeria’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.”
With Rates Less Than A Penny, BeepTool Taps Into Africa’s Need For Inexpensive Communicationtwo-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.
Immigrants And Tourists Need BeepTool. How Many, Exactly? Billions.If you’re going on vacation out of the country for a week without your boyfriend or girlfriend, how do you keep in touch? Talk and text apps, of course. Same if you’re moving away from home to take a new job. A chat app may be the only way to stay connected with mum back home. The problem is that international prepaid calling can be extremely unaffordable. Fortunately there’s BeepTool, which offers calls to some countries for less than a penny per minute, significantly lower than Viber or Skype. But how often do people really travel or move abroad? Well, it turns out it’s more often than you might think. According to a new dataset presented by IPSMARX, the number of travelers and expats is in the billions. More than 3 percent of the world’s population isn’t living in its home country. And by 2030, 1.8 billion people will have traveled internationally. Many of them will choose BeepTool for their communication needs by downloading our free app from Google Play, the Apple Store or right here on our website.
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Technology is getting better. Travel is getting cheaper. More of the people we love are living thousands of kilometers away. And for the very same reasons the world is more accessible, it’s also getting smaller.
So what’s holding us back? What’s keeping us from truly effortless global communication?
Well, a lot of things, but primarily it’s the mobile service providers. With outrageous international calling rates, it’s never convenient to call mum in Nigeria if you’re in the UK. In fact, it’s always an event, and an expensive one at that.
At BeepTool, we’re working to change things. Although we’ve only launched a month ago, well over many thousands of people have seen the incredible value we offer, and more users are joining every day. Not only does BeepTool offer all the perks and freebies of the well-known talk-and-text apps, like Skype and Viber — but BeepTool rates are better when it comes to calling from our app to mobile phones and landlines anywhere in the world.
We call it BeepTool Out. And it’s extremely easy. All you have to do is download the BeepTool app (it’s free!), sign up with your phone number, connect to a source of internet, and place your call. It’s seriously that simple. And your account comes pre-loaded with $0.5 credit.
And that $0.5? With us, it gets you a long way — much farther than with Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp. Just look at the rate comparison below.
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DUBAI — As more developers try to stake claims on Africa’s growing appetite for free communication apps, BeepTool (www.beeptool.com) is creating a niche within a niche. CEO and President John 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, 34, 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.
The app launched last month, and already it has over 6,000 users around the world (and counting). BeepTool-to-BeepTool video, calls and texts are free, and the rates for calls from BeepTool to mobile phones and landlines are significantly less expensive than Viber and Skype. Enoh has been building his company (with his own money) from Dubai, where he works full time for Ericsson.
“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.”
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.
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