The makers of Facebook’s feature phone app have created a new app of their own, Chaatz, aimed at helping users organize and control all of their conversations in one place. The app allows users to connect with friends and family, or create professional and private conversations, without the need to bounce between apps or different devices.
The app stores a user’s personal, work and other phone numbers in different profiles, with the goal of eliminating the ability to accidentally send a personal message to a professional contact.
For private conversations, users are assigned a Chaatz number, which appears as a local number to the user’s desired country. Chaatz numbers can be used when talking to strangers (say, when selling something online), or as a contact number on a device that doesn’t have a SIM card.
In addition to text messages, users can send sound effects, emoticons and photos to others, as well as create group chats with multiple contacts.
The company is currently working on a feature phone app to connect users around the world to the same platform as those on smartphones. The app is planned for release in Q3 2014, and will be available for free worldwide.