TEL AVIV Feb 11 The Viber instant messaging
application is in talks to be acquired for $300 million-$400
million by a leading instant messaging company from Asia, the
Calcalist financial newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Viber is run from Cyprus by Israeli entrepreneur Talmon
Marco and has development centres in Belarus and Israel. Company
officials were not immediately available for comment.
Asia has several mobile chat applications such as Chinese
WeChat, Japanese Line, and KakaoTalk from South Korea.
The company is funded from the pockets of its founders and
several private investors from the United States, Calcalist
Viber has about 200 million registered users in 193
countries. It launched an instant messaging app for personal
computers that allows users to make outgoing mobile calls to
other Viber usersand to non-registered mobiles, making it a
rival to Skype.
(Reporting by Tova Cohen; Editing by Steven Scheer)