Earlier this year, there were reports that Samsung planned to shut down its ChatOn service. Samsung responded to those rumours saying ChatOn “would continue to be offered to consumers worldwide.” Despite this, less than a month later, the company has made the official announcement.
Samsung on Thursday confirmed plans to shut down its three-year-old proprietary chat service in Canada and nearly every other country in which it operates. At its peak, ChatOn was available in 120 countries and more than 60 languages. Once Samsung pulls the plug in early February, the United States will be the only country left with ChatOn service.
“On February 1, 2015, ChatON will be discontinued in all markets except the United States, as we strive to meet evolving consumer needs by focusing on our core services,” Samsung said in a statement. “We remain committed to offering services that cater to our consumers’ lifestyles and add value to their everyday lives.”
This news comes hot on the heels of Samsung’s decision to shut down its WatchOn service in all markets except the U.S. and Korea. Samsung hasn’t given an official reason for its decision to shut down either but it’s thought the company is trying to cut costs following disappointing financials from this year.