Phontabulous

Fun, private, secure photo party with your friends

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Daniel Shaffer
Daniel Shaffer@dshaffer731 · Founder LocalList
What's the difference between this and the built in photo sharing in the photos app?
Rahul Chabukswar
Rahul ChabukswarMaker@rahulc_23 · Founder, Phontabulous, Inc.
@dshaffer731 Thanks for the question. iCloud photo sharing doesn't work with Android, unless you enable public website. Public websites mean you need to send the link to photos in an email (which IMO is boring) and provides a weak security, as anyone with the link can view and easily download/forward photos. Photos on Phontabulous cannot be easily downloaded or forwarded (unless someone takes a screenshot). Phontabulous natively support Android & iOS.
Daniel Shaffer
Daniel Shaffer@dshaffer731 · Founder LocalList
@rahulc_23 got it. Cross platform is def a plus
Rahul Chabukswar
Rahul ChabukswarMaker@rahulc_23 · Founder, Phontabulous, Inc.
@dshaffer731 Thanks :)
Rahul Chabukswar
Rahul ChabukswarMaker@rahulc_23 · Founder, Phontabulous, Inc.
Hello Product Hunters, I am Rahul Chabukswar, founder of Phontabulous, husband & an outdoor nut. Phontabulous is Simple, Private & Fun photo sharing app for Apple & Android devices that enables you to Share Memories Privately – Select photos & friends to begin the private sharing party, and keep the annoying people out! Keep Your Photos Safe – Your shared photos cannot be downloaded or forwarded, unless someone takes a screenshot. Express Yourself Privately – Tap photo to comment. You didn't think private sharing meant boring links by email, did you? Share With Any Phone Contact - That’s right, even with your friends not on Phontabulous. Magic! Enjoy Unlimited Sharing For Free We would love for you to try Phontabulous and hear your questions. Comments about what you like and what you don't like are equally welcome. Thanks in advance and we are super excited by an opportunity to present this product to all Product Hunters. Special thanks to @thinker for hunting the product.
Braden Hamm
Braden Hamm@bradenhamm · Designer / Founder Gumwall.com
It says unlimited sharing for free. Do you plan on monetizing it in the future?
Rahul Chabukswar
Rahul ChabukswarMaker@rahulc_23 · Founder, Phontabulous, Inc.
@bradenhamm Hey Braden: sharing as it is offered today will always remain free. We don't plan on charging users for this. We have thought of a few premium offerings that will be revenue drivers and we have also thought of a few non-annoying ways of bringing relevant content to users which can drive revenue. Given where we are at the moment, we are laser focused on building a product and features that millions around the world will be excited about. and that is keeping us super super busy and excited :)
Braden Hamm
Braden Hamm@bradenhamm · Designer / Founder Gumwall.com
@rahulc_23 Are you hosting the photos? Or are they all stored locally on the device?
Rahul Chabukswar
Rahul ChabukswarMaker@rahulc_23 · Founder, Phontabulous, Inc.
@bradenhamm Hey Braden, shared photos are securely stored in our cloud storage (we use AWS). This is in contrast to popular messenger apps that don't provide the built in mechanism to store the photos. Only specific people you share with can view the photos.
Braden Hamm
Braden Hamm@bradenhamm · Designer / Founder Gumwall.com
@rahulc_23 Doesn't that get expensive if people share a lot? Or is the cost less because less people are viewing the image?
Rahul Chabukswar
Rahul ChabukswarMaker@rahulc_23 · Founder, Phontabulous, Inc.
@bradenhamm Great question. Historical cloud storage pricing indicates that prices will continue to decline. AWS for example, was charging $0.15/GB/mo. in 2006 vs 0.03/GB/mo. now, that's 80% reduction in less than 10 years. So our cost of storage will become less significant in future. In our survey, we found that most consumers (not businesses) don't like paying for storage. So we don't believe that charging for storage is the right business model for future. I didn't get the second part of the question about viewing images. Can you elaborate?