ChatON, the free-messaging service run by Samsung, has reached a milestone in its user base with 100 million people signed up and now making regular use of it.
Launched two years ago, ChatON has enjoyed a gradual increase in success followed by a sudden spike which has seen its user base double in the last four months. The fact that this coincides with the time since the Galaxy S4 was released is likely not to be a coincidence.
The Korean firm’s flagship saw sales of around 10 million in its first weekend and its wide appeal will have vastly increased the number of devices in use that come with ChatON pre-installed.
Free messaging has become a hotly-contested area for manufacturers and app makers recently, with WhatsApp seeing enormous success and recently boasting of handling 27 billion messages per day. Where once BlackBerry Messenger was the industry leader, there are now a number of apps and services across many platforms that offer free messages to smartphone users.