August 9, 2011
CounterPath Enhances Bria Mobile Applications with SMS, Instant Messaging and Presence
Premium Feature add-on for Bria iPhone and Android softphones to include
real-time presence management and enable users to send messages across
supported IM services - corporate, Google Talk, Facebook and more
VANCOUVER, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - For many business users and consumers,
having access to instant messaging (IM) is as important as access to
voice services or email. As communications increasingly become mobile,
the expectation that users be able to engage in IM on mobile devices is
increasing. According to Portio Research, there were 311.2 million
users of mobile instant messaging in 2010, and this number is expected
to reach 1.6 trillion by 2015.
popular instant messaging and presence protocols: XMPP (Extensible
Messaging and Presence Protocol) and SIP SIMPLE (Session Initiation
Protocol [SIP] for IM and Presence Leveraging Extensions) enabling IM
and presence to be purchased as a premium feature add-on within its
Bria iPhone Edition mobile softphone application today, with support
for Bria Android Edition coming soon.
By purchasing the presence and messaging add-on, Bria mobile app users
will be able to see when their contacts are available and send and
receive text-based IM with their contacts across any XMPP or SIP SIMPLE
supported messaging service including Google Talk, Facebook, and others
directly from their mobile smartphones.
Instant messaging enables real-time communication with little to no cost
and by taking it mobile and leveraging free Wi-Fi, users are able to
chat with colleagues and friends without incurring traditional fees for
SMS texting from their wireless provider. Enterprises that have
deployed Bria softphones connected to a corporate Instant Messaging and
Presence server can now enable their employees to communicate with
colleagues over IM whether they are in the office, at home or on the
go, making work-related messaging real-time and efficient.
"With the addition of SMS, IM and presence capability, CounterPath's
Bria mobile products are solving the industry-wide problem of service
and device fragmentation by consolidating voice and messaging within a
single app," said Todd Carothers, Senior Vice President of Marketing
and Products, CounterPath. "Using IM to chat has become commonplace and
being able to do so with anyone you normally chat with over Google
Talk, Facebook or many other platforms just makes sense. What's more,
all your contacts will be in one place so reaching any one of your
friends, family members or colleagues via IM or SMS couldn't be more
simple - just access your Bria mobile app."
Because XMPP is an open standard communications protocol, the updated Bria mobile
application allows users to communicate with various IM clients and
across multiple platforms. By using a federation approach, a user's
reach across their various networks is broadened and offers them the
ability to send and receive text messages to and from any contact.
Also supported in this release is SMS messaging. This is coupled with
CounterPath's Network Convergence Gateway (NCG) for wireline operators,
enabling VoIP-based SMS services. Now service providers may provide
"on-net" SMS messaging nearly free of cost, translating to greater
savings for their customers while increasing operator margins.
Users who have already purchased Bria iPhone Edition can enjoy IM and
presence functionality immediately by updating their Bria mobile
softphone application via Apple iTunes and purchasing the Presence and
Messaging add-on for $2.99 directly within the app (under 'Premium
Features'). The presence and messaging upgrade for Bria Android Edition
will soon be available from the Android Marketplace.
CounterPath Corporation is an award-winning provider of innovative
desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions. The Company's
product suite includes SIP-based softphones, server applications and
Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions that enable service providers,
enterprises and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to
cost-effectively integrate voice, video, presence and Instant Messaging
(IM) applications into their VoIP offerings and extend functionality
across both fixed and mobile networks.
CounterPath's customers include some of the world's largest
telecommunications service providers and network equipment providers
including AT&T, Verizon, BT (British Telecommunications PLC), mobilkom
Austria, Avaya, BroadSoft, Cisco Systems, Metaswitch Networks and
For more information please visit www.counterpath.com.
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