News.au.com: Aussie mobile phone carriers are now getting some pushback from consumers after they announced that they would be offering an alternative email service called Kerio.
News.co.au’s Ben Evans reports on the controversy and why Kerio is a big deal.
Read moreRead moreThe kerio email service has been created to offer the same functionality of the popular instant messaging service, Gmail, but is billed as an alternative to Gmail.
“We’re trying to get the consumer to understand how important it is for the industry to have a really good service that’s accessible and convenient,” Kerio co-founder and CEO Tim Schafer said.
The company said the service would launch in the next couple of weeks.
The company has also started a crowdfunding campaign to raise $2 million.
It is one of a number of Australian companies offering email services that allow people to use their phone number and mobile number to send messages to friends and family without actually sending the message.
The kerios service, launched in September, allows users to use the mobile number and email address provided to them to send a text message.
The kerios email provider has been available since September but was only available on the mobile phone networks of Australian carriers Telstra and Optus, and Telstra’s own Telstra Instant Messenger.
It allows users, including business people and users of businesses who use Kerio to send their messages through an email account or to add new users.
Kerio is offering the service on the company’s own mobile phone network Telstra, which allows users access on a wide range of Australian networks.
Users can set up a Kerio account on Telstra at any time, and then they can send text messages using the Kerio email client.
“We’ve seen a huge amount of interest from consumers in Kerio,” Mr Schafer told News.org.au at the launch event.
Mr Schafer explained that consumers who were already using Kerio would be able to switch to Kerio if they wanted to.
He said customers on the other networks would be left with no option.
However, he said Kerio was not just about the free texting service, which is free to anyone.
“It’s about making it easier to send and receive messages from people who are not using Kerios.”
It’s also about giving consumers a better alternative to email for their communication needs,” Mr Shafer said, adding that customers could also sign up for a free Skype account.”
If you’ve got a business that needs to communicate, Kerio can be a great way to do that.
“You could have your team email all your communications, you could have the whole team email their email.
You could have a whole company email their communications.”
Mr Schafer said that the company had received “a great deal of feedback” from consumers, but it was important that they understood the benefits of the service.
In fact, he was surprised by the negative response from consumers.
“Some of the comments I received were pretty positive, but some of them were quite negative,” Mr Chaus said.
But Mr Schafers business plan, which includes the creation of a Kerios Facebook page, was not as negative as some of the negative feedback.
While some people were concerned about the privacy implications of using Keriolinks email service, Mr Schafe said that they were happy to have the service available.
Some people were not so happy.
On a Facebook page called ‘The Great Email Disaster’, users expressed concern about the service being too invasive, and how people could be easily spied on.
“We have seen some comments about this service, and I think some of that is very unfounded,” Mr Hodge said.
“There’s nothing that’s going to give you an insight into what’s going on in the world.”
“You can just be completely anonymous if you use Kerios and send a message and nobody’s going be able, if they know your email address, to identify who you are.”
Mr Hodge says he does not believe people should use Keriolink to send unsolicited text messages.
A spokesperson for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission told News Australia the regulator does not comment on the privacy of third parties, but the agency was aware of Keriolinking and its service.
Mr Hods said he was not aware of any cases of privacy breaches with Kerio, and that he was unsure of how consumers would feel about using Keriros service.
“They have said there’s no harm to you, there’s just a convenience and they’re not going to be able [to access] your private communications if you don’t use Keri.
This is a very difficult question to answer, and to answer it is really hard to answer,” Mr Shesh said.