Turkey’s mobile operators have joined forces on messaging applications and social media, amid widespread consumer reaction to a policy shift by Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp.
Mobile subscribers of Turk Telekomunikasyon AS and Turkcell Iletisim AS will be able to use Turkcell’s messaging app BiP and Turk Telekom social media app Yaay without spending from their online quotas, according to a joint statement by the companies. The two apps will be offered free of charge in a subscription package of Vodafone Plc’s local unit.
Subscribers of the three companies will be able to use Turkcell’s domestic messaging application BiP and Turk Telekom’s social media app Yaay, according to an emailed statement. The cooperation aims “to keep Turkey’s data in Turkey,” the companies said. BiP has registered about 10 million new users in less than a week, Turkcell said in a separate statement on Thursday.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s media office and the country’s defense ministry switched to BiP from WhatsApp, urging journalists to follow them. Erdogan switched to Telegram and BiP, Anadolu Agency reported on Jan. 12.
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— With assistance by Patrick Sykes
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