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DeNA releases free international calling app Comm

DeNA, the Japanese mobile gaming behemoth, has unveiled its own free international calling app.

Comm (opens in new tab), as it is called, is available as a free download to both Android and iOS users in over 204 countries worldwide.

In addition to free voice calls, the service incorporates personalised messaging and photo-sharing. People without Comm will receive messages as emails and DeNA claims that, because the app uses a client-server instead of a peer-to-peer setup, photos sent through its service will be of a higher quality than those sent via MMS.

Users will have to sign up to the service with real names rather than nicknames, so as to create an effective database within which to easily search for friends. User-provided information will be tracked and could be sold to to advertisers, according to Comm's privacy policy (opens in new tab).

(opens in new tab)"With links to over 30 million players worldwide," Mobage, DeNA's mobile social gaming platform (opens in new tab), is claimed to "connect you to a huge community of mobile gamers that circles the globe," suggesting that the company should find little trouble in attracting a widespread user base for its communications app.

Comm and Mobage are expected to be kept as two separate entities, at least for the time being.

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, Newsweek, and ITProPortal.