Co-founders Robert Lamptey and Badu Boahen of Saya Mobile pitched their messaging startup Saya Mobile at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference currently on-going in San Francisco, California yesterday highlighting the potential of African innovations to an international audience.
The Saya Mobile App is for texting which mixes SMS, Facebook chat and hyperlocal findability to get in conversations with those near you. Theyâ€™re currently on Android, Blackberry and waiting for their iPhone app to be approved. In Asia and Africa alone, Saya Mobile estimates that there are 580 million â€” with upwards of 70 percent of them on Internet-enabled devices, many of them not smartphones.
The Street-Chat feature enables people in one location to chat in real-time, making virtual meetings a thing of the past instead of using ordinary SMS which is very expensive in today’s world.
According to Robert; in today’s emerging market, SMS subscriptions are PAYG [Pay As You Go] which isn’t ideal for business therefore, they are using their innovation to make SMS more beautiful and sexy for the 5.8 billion NON-smartphones in the world.