KOCHI: A bunch of youngsters in Kochi have indigenously developed a mobile app, Ringr, which is all set to go head-to-head with global majors like Skype and Viber. Developed by start-up Quiq Infotech, Ringr was downloaded by over 10,000 people in two months. The company nurtures an ambition of hitting a target of one million users.
Ringr is an online mobile application developed by Quiq Infotech that promises to revolutionise current Voice over Internet communications by its innovative data transfer technologies that can give clear audio quality even at low bandwidths.
Ringr is the first Voice over Internet Protocol(VoIP) application launched in India by a start-up. The company was founded by Ashok Mani and Bijesh Babu. Ashok, who also runs the curry powder brand Kitchen Treasures, has over six years of experience in Finance and Marketing. Bijesh is a techie with over 15 years of experience. “The team has been working together since 2013 and the company was started in March 2014. The starting phase was tough as we were focusing on developing a data compression IP that was first of its kind. There were very few people working in this field and hence it was impossible to get advice. But once the IP was created it was exciting times as we knew this could be implemented across a range of products, one of which is Ringr,” says Ashok, narrating the baby steps of the company. Going by his words, Ringr is a revolutionary app which will go miles.
The app is available for download for Android users and will be launched for iOS soon.
“Within two months Ringr was downloaded 10,000 times and 75 per cent of the users are from Kerala. Using this app, people can now call 15 countries including the US, UK and UAE. Like paybacks from product purchases online, customers downloading and using the Ringr app will be getting such loyalty points which can be redeemed online through the company’s partners like Paytm. This will refund the cost of data through recharge packets, thus encouraging more customers to try the product,” Ashok Mani adds.
“The combination of voice, Internet and mobile will be the next opportune sector. Keeping in mind the bandwidth constraints in India, where promised speeds are seldom available, Ringr focuses on giving high quality audio at lesser bandwidth costs. Call clarity is low in India and that’s one reason why the shift from telephone to VoIP is slow. Our strength lies in our own patented Quiqz technology,” adds Bijesh Babu. The company aims to increase the user base of Ringr over a million in under six months.