Bipper is launching internationally with Bulgaria as the first country. - Bipper will be offered through a mobile operator with more than 1 million customers and will be available in more than 200 stores, says founder and mother of three Silje Vallestad.
Bipper, the company that launched it's mobile safety solutions in Norway last month, is going international. The service launched in Bulgaria Friday October 15 in partnership with VIVACOM, a leading Bulgarian mobile operator.
The service will be called VIVA Bipper.
- We just launched the service in Norway and now Bulgaria is next, says Silje Vallestad, Bipper's founder. Since VIVACOM already had the right type of SIM-card, integrating Bipper was done quickly and allowed us to launch so soon, says Vallestad.
Sirma, Bulgaria's largest software developer, has the exclusive franchise rights for Bulgaria. They are also, with Motorola, Bipper's development partner, and have had a close partnership since the fall of 2008.
Vallestad says that VIVACOM, which is a family oriented mobile operator, has more than 1 million customers. Bipper will be sold in more than 200 stores all over the country. As part of the marketing campaign, VIVA Bipper will be promoted by Titi Papazov, a former basketball star. He has a dramatic story of his own, as one of his two kids who is adopted has HIV.
Bipper Communication AS, the award-winning Norwegian company, offers mobile safety solutions for children's mobile phones. With Bipper on the mobile, parents are able to decide how their children use the mobile. Bipper also has a safety alarm and a localizations service. Vallestad got the idea for the service when her own children started school and she discovered that children as young as 6 years old had their own mobile phones.
- I started searching for safe mobile solutions for children, but I was not satisfied with any of the products that were offered neither in Norway nor internationally. This motivated me to start Bipper. Research showed that the need for safety was the main reason parents gave their children mobile phones. The majority of children also say that having a mobile phone makes them feel safer when they are alone, says Vallestad.
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Bipper is a privately held company founded by mother-of-three, Silje Vallestad in 2007. She founded the company when she realized that her six year old daughter’s friends had mobile phones and there were no safe mobile solutions available to satisfy her need as a parent. Bipper offers a safety solution which makes mobile phones safer and better adapted for the youngest mobile users (6-14). Through a personalized web portal, parents can determine who their children communicate with and when and how much their child can use the mobile phone. Bipper also offers a safety alarm and a localization service.
Bipper has previously been awarded the yearling prize at the 2010 Bully Award, the 2010 Mobile World Congress Mobile Premier Award, and the Silver/Samsung Award at SIMagine 2010.
The company headquarters are located in Bergen, Norway, with a branch office in New Jersey, USA.
Bulgarian Telecommunications Company, headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria, is a leader in delivering speed ADSL Internet, fixed-line and mobile communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Our commitment to providing the right services at the right price has enabled us to achieve a significant market position.
About Sirma Group
Sirma Group was established in 1992, and has experienced nearly 20 years of successful growth. Sirma Group consists of 11 business units including product companies, international IT consulting, system integration and outsourcing units. Today the staff of Sirma Groupcounts over 300 people, most of them engineers and developers with a great expertise in development for SIM, web and mobile devices. Sirma Group has offices in Bulgaria (Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv, Kazanlak and Russe), the US (California), Canada (Montreal) and Brazil (Sao Paulo), and has resellers in the US, Canada, South Africa, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, China and Brazil. Sirma was awarded the second largest and most efficient IT-company in Bulgaria (ComputerWorld 2007 survey), and also the most successful Bulgarian participant in European Research and Development (IST RTD 5th & 6th & 7th Framework Programs).