You might remember our report on the launch of Blyk, the UK MVNO that offers its customers free calls and texts in return for receiving advertising messages on their phones. Now it’s revealed some figures on how it’s doing.
We reported on the launch of ad-funded mobile network Blyk earlier this week, including an analysis of the MVNO’s strengths and weaknesses. However, among those weaknesses wasn’t ‘inability to send picture messages to other UK mobile networks’.
However, Telecoms.com is reporting that this is the case, quoting a posting on the Blyk website that apparently warns users that users can’t send MMS messages to users on Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 and 3 because the connections “are still under construction”, and advising them to use email to share photos instead.
Heard of Blyk? You will. It’s a new ‘virtual’ mobile operator targeted at young people, which plans to offer free voice-call minutes in return for users filling out surveys and accepting targeted advertising.
The company is announcing its UK launch this morning, so I’m here liveblogging it. The latest entries are below, while clicking over the jump takes you to a full chronological report.
10.03: And we’re done. Here’s the basics: Blyk launches today in the UK, and it’ll be offering users free voice calls and texts in return for receiving text and MMS advertisements. It’s got over 40 brands signed up, including the likes of McDonalds, Coke, L’Oreal and NatWest.
You can only sign up if you’re aged 16-24, although when those 24 year-olds turn 25, they’ll be allowed to stay on. And there’s an authentication system to weed out older people masquerading as young folk to get free stuff.