Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Truphone Brings Skype Calling ToThe iPhone

skype logoEarlier this week Truphone announced a Skype-enabled app that will allow iPhone and iPod touch users to make Skype voice calls or instant message other Skype users. The service is scheduled to be available to all customers early next week.

The company said in a statement that Truphone-to-Skype communications are free over the Internet. iPhone users, meanwhile, can also place and receive Skype calls and messages when not in a Wi-Fi-accessible location for the cost of a local call using the Truphone Anywhere feature. The only asterisk there is that roaming charges will apply abroad. The app apparently routes calls over the Internet, not over a GSM voice channel (it also works on the iPod touch, after all). The app also displays a virtual dial pad for making calls.

“The introduction of Skype calling and instant messaging represents yet another breakthrough for Truphone,” said Geraldine Wilson, Truphone CEO. “What this means for Truphone’s customers is that they can now call or message all their Skype friends using their iPhone or iPod touch. This allows iPhone and iPod touch users to have a choice in how they stay in touch with friends and colleagues around the world—all within the one application.”

Read more at the Truphone press release.

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