With the rise of free mobile instant messaging service apps like WhatsApp and Kik, China has cloned them as quickly as Kik’s real time messaging works. The differences between WhatsApp and Kik are:

Anyway, what’s more important about this story is that China has pounced on the idea. Free instant mobile messaging is bound to be huge in China. What Chinese person doesn’t get excited about the word ‘FREE!’?

Here are some of the clones:

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.