Monday, September 25, 2006

New version of Mxit raises concerns

By Tarryn Le Chat
25 September 2006

A new version of the instant cellphone messaging service Mxit is to be active from noon on Monday.

Unlike the previous version, users will now be able to send photo's of themselves for a few cents, whilst chatting on Mxit. This has raised concerns among school principles and parents.

Herman Heunis, the brains behind the service, said that children have always been able to send photographs to contacts via mms (multi-media message service), a service provided by all cellphone providers.

Mxit currently has 1.8 million registered users, with the number increasing by an average of 8 000 a day.

Heunis said he expected more than 50 000 downloads of the new software today.

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