RockeTalk, a mobile application, has inked a deal with LG Electronics to pre-load the app on their KT610 (Rs. 14,990) and KF750 (Rs. 18,990) mobile phones. The pre-loaded handsets are already available in India, and as per the deal, the LG will preload the app on other handset models throughout 2008 and 2009. However, by the looks of it, the phone with the pre-loaded app was launched last month.
RockeTalk was founded in November 2004 Rajiv Kumar, who had previously co-founded bluetooth company Widcomm (subsequently bought by Broadcom), and raised $7.1 million in funding in 2007 from iSherpa Ventures, EDF Ventures and Mission Ventures. Jim Greiner, former SVP and general manager of MapQuest came on board as CEO.
The latest version of RockeTalk integrates Instant messengers – Yahoo, Google Talk, MSN, AOL, ICQ, apart from making mobile downloads like ringtones, wallpapers, themes, games and other content available. What’s perhaps a little tricky, is that RockeTalk allows users to create their own galleries, share content and also upload content to sites like YouTube. RockeTalk’s public galleries can be a rather risky – India doesn’t have a safe harbor law, and as a platform, RockeTalk may be held accountable for the content its users upload. I checked a few pages of their Bollywood gallery (which took almost 30 seconds to load a single page with six thumbnails), and…there were no Bollywood images, whatsoever.
At the same time, I really do like how simple it is to upload content – both images, and a voice recording, with the application initializing the camera and the voice recorder.
Another IM app which quite a few people I know use in India is Fring.