Chatsim claims to be a startup offering the world’s first SIM card letting you use popular messaging apps, using 2G, 3G and 4G networks globally, with 10 Euros buying you the SIM card and a year’s access.
iTWire previously covered Chatsim back in May this year, with the article at the time giving more details on Chatsim’s background.
There is a 5 euro activation fee, and while Chatsim says there are ‘no limits’, of course no service is truly unlimited - percentage limits based on usage listed at its Terms and Conditions page here.
To share photos, and to make a certain number of voice calls, in addition to the already included text messaging app capability, there are three separate multimedia plans at €10, €25 and €50, with each giving you credits for more for sharing photos and videos, and for making voice or video calls.
Thus, if you are using Chatsim as intended - to chat with Instant Messaging app such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, QQ, LINE and various other messaging apps for smartphones and tablets - you’d have to be extensively and endlessly chatting to reach the limits.
These limits are presumably to prevent users from simply using ChatSIM as a regular SIM, where you’d clock up a lot of calls and surf bandwidth heavy sites.
So, back to Chatsim’s winning of one of the daily 2015 Angels’ Choice Awards against ’2,100 innovative start-ups’ in attendance at the Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, held last week, which Chatsim proudly boasts ‘was no mean feat to stand out from the crowd, but ChatSim pulled it off.’
The company says the presentation of the award ‘was met with widespread approval and applause in the RDS Main Hall,’ with the company noting Forbes Magazine calling the Summit ‘the best technology conference on the planet’, given that, ‘every year, it attracts thousands of start-uppers and investors from all over the world, as well as the big multinationals in the IT sector.’
Even before the award, Chatsim dubbed itself the ‘number one “Instant Messaging Mobile Operator" in the world,’ and that it is ‘the brainchild of 38-year-old Manuel Zanella, the CEO of ChatSim and the founder and CEO of Zeromobile, Italy’s first Global Mobile Operator for low-cost roaming (www.zeromobile.it).’
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Zanella proudly boasts that he ‘showed his ability to anticipate trends in digital communication and realised that the Instant Messaging market is the future, while e-mails and text messages are becoming a thing of the past, as confirmed by the latest data.’
Chatsim says the 2015 Angels’ Choice Award ‘honours and recognises Manuel Zanella’s insight and the highly innovative nature of ChatSim, which the many investors at Web Summit have deemed a company with vast potential for growth in 2016 and the years to come.’
After receiving the award, Zanella said: “We are extremely proud of this accolade, which has put us on the path to ever faster growth, thanks in part to the new investors that we have met.
"After all, we are operating in a brand new market with huge potential that we invented ourselves just last year. It is partly for this reason that I have been able to find partners and investors who are prepared to back ChatSim just a few months after the launch of the business." Chatsim says shipping is free, with more information available at Chatsim here.