PC World: Mobile operator Blyk will launch its ad-supported free phone service in Germany, Spain and Belgium next year, it said Wednesday. The company offers U.K. subscribers free telephony and messaging (up to a point) in exchange for receiving ads on their phone.
Blyk has already announced plans to expand its service to the Netherlands in the second half of this year.
The service is aimed at 18 to 24 year olds, which are given 43 minutes of talk and 217 text messages per month, in exchange for receiving up to six commercial messages per day from companies like Coca-Cola, Penguin and L’Oreal.
The model has already had some success in the U.K., according to Blyk. In April the operator announced it had reached 100,000 members, six months ahead of schedule.