Can you still remember the times when you need to text or send a message to someone but you don’t have enough prepaid load at all? Chikka, the instant-messaging app, maybe something that you always use when you are younger — especially during summer vacation and you don’t have an allowance to top-up your phone.
Before smartphones took over the lives of people in the country, the Philippines was then known as the texting capital of the world. Chikka is one of the most well-known and well-loved applications that people are using, especially in times of emergency or no prepaid credits.
Chikka began as a small program that allows users to send messages for free. It gives you the ability to send texts at no costs.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. As declared by the company behind Chikka, it will be closing down by the end of March. In a Facebook post on Chikka Philippines’ page, users only have until March 31 to use the free text service offered on the app and website.
Chikka Philippines has been around since the early 2000s. It dealt with several instant messaging app rivals through the years, but it might fail to catch up to the expectations of today’s generation, resulting for the company to shut down.
Longtime users of the instant-messaging app thanked and shared their fond memories of using Chikka. A lot of them cannot help but feel sad after hearing about the company’s decision to shut down permanently.
Both the app and web client users only have until the end of March of this year to use the free text messaging services of Chikka. After that day, we would say goodbye to the service permanently.
What can you say about this? Do you have any fond memories of using Chikka before the birth of smartphones? Are you affected by the shutting down of Chikka as well? Let us know in the comments section below!