Qik gets UK distribution via Vodafone deal

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Mobile streaming video startup Qik has landed a significant distribution deal in the UK.

Vodafone UK customers will now be able to record and share videos from their mobile phone via Qik by texting ‘Qik’ to 97886 (free) to receive a link to the relevant app for their handset (standard data charges apply). Vodafone is the number two mobile network in the UK, behind O2 and ahead of Orange.

Once loaded, videos generated on Qik can be posted to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and users will be able to send video messages privately via SMS and email, or upload videos to blogging platforms like WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger.

It remains to be seen how many customers will actually take up Qik however. However, live streaming video from a mobile has yet to take off here and it may well a deal like this to kick off mainstream take-up.

Qik is currently on the iPhone, BlackBerry and Nokia handsets, among others.

Rival European startup Bambuser recently signed a deal with Finnish broadcaster YLE.

  • anonymous

    so much more possible:


  • http://twitter.com/ibwan IBwant

    I’m wondering what’s new exactly, I’ve already been using qik for a while and have a Vodafone/Nokia exclusively for qik, and installed the app because qik sent me a link by text. So is it just the convenience of texting a number and receiving a link?

    Sorry for the cynical comment.

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      It’s a formal distribution deal with Vodafone, plus a shortcode so it has potential for much more traction.

  • john

    im just wondering when the hell they are going to make an app for the blackberry tour 9630!

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  • chema

    Videocall natively available even in cheap and basic 3G handsets. Quality? Most Qik/Bambuser videos have videocall like quality.
    Downloading and installing a different app for each use isn’t always the best option for all users. Videocall (and videoshare in the US) would be perfectly fine for mass users if rightly promoted by carriers.

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