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New Telecom Company Gorilla Mobile Lets You Convert Unused Data Into Digital Tokens

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A new telecommunications company has just been launched in Singapore. Call Gorilla Mobile, is aimed at PMET (professionals, managers, executives and technicians), as well as local and global companies.

At a press conference today, Gorilla Mobile founder and CEO Xanne Leo said the telco hopes to revolutionize the industry with Singapore’s first on-demand service model and the unique SwitchBack feature.

“All telcos just assume that everyone wants and needs more data. However, we found that this is not true, ”Xanne said.

With Gorilla Mobile, users pay only for what they use to ensure a fair and modular way to use and pay for mobile services.

In explaining more about the on-demand service model, he liked Netflix, where a user pays a fixed monthly subscription fee to get access to all kinds of TV shows and movies in different genres and languages.

(Think of it as) Netflix is ​​going to introduce a flexible and customizable package so you can have a more personalized experience. All you need to do is tell me, at the beginning of each month, how many comedy movies you are going to watch and how many hours of horror movies you think you are going to consume that month.

If you didn’t select documentaries, it won’t show up on your profile at all. All of this is really easy and flexible because you can change the entire combo for the next month with the click of a button. (For) most of us, this probably won’t translate into a very good user experience, but that’s exactly what’s happening in the telecom space right now.

– Xanne Leo, Founder and CEO of Gorilla Mobile

She sees this as a “very demanding model,” in which she demands that users have expert knowledge about the features and benefits so they can make an informed decision. It also assumes that all users can accurately predict their usage and consumption.

That’s why Gorilla Mobile chooses to take a different approach and build its services and delivery digitally.

“They are all accessible and available on the mobile app for our users 24/7, and you only pay for what you use,” Xanne said.

Image Credit: Gorilla Mobile

He added that his signature is his blockchain-powered SwitchBack feature. It is basically an automatic switching feature that allows users to convert their unused mobile data into digital tokens, known as Gorilla Go Tokens, that are powered by Ethereum.

These tokens, which have no expiration date, can be used to offset future bills, redeem other mobile services, or share with others, such as colleagues, including those abroad.

Our SwitchBack feature can be compared to the Singapore Parking app. Users pay only for the duration of parking and receive a refund for unused time. Through SwitchBack, unused data is never wasted. Its value is reallocated to offset, buy, or trade for other Gorilla services.

– Xanne Leo, Founder and CEO of Gorilla Mobile

Exclusive features that are exclusive to SMEs

“(Our) formula is focused on the SME and PMET market,” Xanne said.

Pre-pandemic, he noted that many business executives in this market tend to travel frequently for work reasons. However, with the Covid-19 lockdown, business trips have been suspended and many have switched to working from home; this also means that they are connected to WiFi most of the time.

Therefore, Gorilla Mobile wants to make full use of this untapped mobile data and turn it into something that can be of value to users.

He also noted that the post-pandemic situation also requires that part of our workforce make international calls on their mobile phone at home, or be required to receive calls abroad on their mobile at home because they do not have access to office lines. , which are equipped and included with IDD calling capability.

“Gorilla Mobile’s entire suite of mobile solutions is digitized so you can easily access it in the mobile app. We build it for work from home, work from the office or work from any (type of) situation. … I think our solutions must also be different to meet (changing needs). “

Your Switch25 mobile plan starts at S $ 25 per month for 20GB of mobile data, 100 minutes of talk time, and 100 SMS (short message service) messages.

Image Credit: Gorilla Mobile

When comparing his plan with other corporate telecommunications plans, Xanne acknowledged that “they are not the most sophisticated plans, but neither are they the most basic available on the market.”

He also exposed the fact that Gorilla Mobile offers exclusive features that are unique to SMBs, such as its automatic invoice clearing function and team sharing functions.

“(Let’s take) for example a company that has 50 or 100 mobile lines. All 100 lines with unused mobile data each month will be automatically switched to a business account. This will make accounting and finance work much easier for these companies. “

In addition, it offers the exchange of data with anyone, regardless of whether they are in different telecommunications companies.

“The data exchange (normally) only applies to a specific data exchange plan, and this should only be shared with supplementary lines or fixed supplementary lines under the subscribers. Our unlimited sharing feature allows you to share any amount with anyone in any time; you don’t have to be the same subscriber or have a fixed limit. “

Is there room for a new telecoms player in S’pore?

The telecommunications market in Singapore is already quite saturated, as Gorilla Mobile assumes its position as the thirteenth telecommunications company here.

With such stiff competition, how exactly is Gorilla Mobile preparing to capture market share in Singapore?

When you have a homogeneous, commoditized product, the quickest and fastest way to compete is to really cut prices. This usually happens when there is a lack of innovation or the innovation has ceased to exist and usually also signifies the end of a technological age.

– Xanne Leo, Founder and CEO of Gorilla Mobile

Now that we are moving into a 5G era, Xanne strongly believes that there will be more exciting developments in the telecommunications space.

According to their findings, when significant levels of innovation and technology advancements occur, consumers will shift away from price and begin to focus on service differentiation.

“I believe Gorilla Mobile has an innovative service unmatched for today’s SMBs and SMBs, we have a better model, we have a better service and we provide a better experience.”

Gorilla Mobile had started as a travel SIM card company in 2019, their plans to launch roaming data cards for travel in May 2020 were thwarted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so they were forced to switch. your business plans and take a turn.

Xanne is aware that Singapore is a saturated market and, for her, the “golden strategy” is to create a niche product or service, or to target specific market segments. Innovation is also key.

“In Singapore, we are looking at 2.5 million PMETs and roughly 200,000 SMEs – this is really where we would like to take a slice of the cake,” he said.

He added that Gorilla Mobile has secured collaborations and partnered with many trade associations such as Enterprise Singapore and Singapore Business Federation, so he hopes this will help them provide the network and the point of entry to market.

Gorilla Mobile has been established with US $ 3 million in seed capital and is expected to raise another US $ 5 million in Series A financing. The funds will be used to develop its product roadmap and for market expansion in the Southeast Asian.

They are planning to launch in Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam next, before exploring long-term expansion to Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

In the coming months, the company will also introduce new services including a global roaming travel data SIM card, digital international direct dialing (IDD) and global office telephony solutions.

Interested customers can sign up for Gorilla Mobile’s Switch25 Mobile plan on their website. The plan is available to all Singapore registered companies, Singapore citizens, permanent residents, EPass, EntrePass and SPass holders aged 21 and over.

From June 18 to August 18, new customers, both individuals and businesses, are also entitled to a bill difference reward of up to S $ 50 per mobile phone number, which is credited directly to their PayNow account after a successful transfer.

“As we are still in our pre-launch phase, gradually bringing our comprehensive services to market, we welcome users to try our service and share their valuable feedback with us as we strengthen our offerings and implement more services to better serve Your clients. needs, ”Xanne summed up.

Featured Image Credit: Gorilla Mobile / Geek Culture

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