WeChat, messaging apps, Tencent Messaging app

Late last month, China’s Tencent and China Unicom announced the WeChat SIM card, which quickly grew in popularity, amassing 700,000 orders within the first 24 hours of its availability.

Since then, sales of the SIM card, called the “Weixin Wo” SIM in the country have reached nearly 1 million in sales according to the two companies.

WeChat has certainly been on a roll as of late. Tencent’s app surpassed WhatsApp and Skype in worldwide popularity early last month just before revealing that over 100 million of its users reside outside China.

Most recently, the company launched version 5.0 of WeChat after making the same version available to iOS users earlier in August. The new version brought animated stickers and a special Hold Together function to both Android and iOS while only iOS users received social gaming for now.

Needless to say, the past month has certainly been a massive one for the application as it battles for supremacy against competitors such as LINE and KakaoTalk. It will certainly be interesting to see how WeChat finishes the year.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at http://www.joshrobertnay.com.