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The iPhone no longer gets to have all the VoIP fun among Apple handhelds, thanks to the just released Truphone for iPod touch. The release comes hard on the heels of the official release of the new In-Ear premium headset compatible with the 2G iPod touch, […]

The iPhone no longer gets to have all the VoIP fun among Apple handhelds, thanks to the just released Truphone for iPod touch. The release comes hard on the heels of the official release of the new In-Ear premium headset compatible with the 2G iPod touch, and the timing is probably not coincidental.

Truphone Touch allows users with Truphone accounts to make VoIP calls to each other using either iPod/iPhone, Nokia, or Blackberry smartphones. Google Talk and other open VoIP networks are also supported. The app comes from an established pedigree, since the original Truphone app is one of the most downloaded and highest rated VoIP apps available.

The app is significant because it ushers in an entirely new level of functionality for iPod touch owners. Truphone turns Apple’s portable media player into a true communication device, although with the iPod touch version you’re limited to calling other VoIP users, and not able to dial out to actual numbers, as you can with the original iPhone app. It’s likely that the app could also support dialing out, but Apple might be preventing the company from offering this feature, as it could potentially affect iPhone sales. As it stands, the app could potentially replace home phones, many of which are barely used as more and more consumers move to cellular-only setups.

Truphone stands to gain the most from the app, so long as no other VoIP services receive iPod touch compatibility updates. Truphone-to-Truphone is, after all, the only way for iPod Touch users to call each other, so they’ll likely see a significant spike in subscribers. It probably won’t be too long before other VoIP clients follow suit, though, so expect Skype-capable iPod Touches just around the corner.

Get Truphone for iPod touch free in the App Store.

  1. “although with the iPod touch version you’re limited to calling other VoIP users, and not able to dial out to actual numbers, as you can with the original iPhone app.”

    Not very useful then. Especially when it is tied to a limited service and not a real VOIP app that works with any VOIP service.

    Maybe you should look into a real VOIP app that works on both the iPhone and the iPod touch.

    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=290948830&mt=8

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  2. Its a greatidea but when I went into the App Store on my iPod Touch to download “Truphone for iPod Touch” I get “Application Not Compatible: This application can only be used on an iPhone”…. very niiiiiiiiice…. HA!

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  3. [...] VoIP calls via Truphone on your iPod Touch. What’s not to like about [...]

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  4. [...] Higginbotham | Wednesday, December 10, 2008 | 7:01 AM PT | 0 comments TruPhone just released an iPod Touch application that allows for VoIP calls on the device using Wi-Fi and also has such an app for the iPhone. But [...]

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  5. Heyo. I love it! if you’re going to buy one I’d go to http://astore.amazon.com/ipod_touch_deals-20

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  6. [...] See more here: iPod touch Gets VoIP Thanks to Truphone | TheAppleBlog [...]

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  7. [...] we have noticed previously, iPhone and iTouch have been saviors for Truphone. Wilson told me that the company has more than 100,000 subscribers [...]

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  8. [...] we have noticed previously, iPhone and iTouch have been saviors for Truphone. Wilson told me that the company has more than 100,000 subscribers [...]

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  9. [...] we have noticed previously, iPhone and iTouch have been saviors for Truphone. Wilson told me that the company has more than 100,000 subscribers [...]

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  10. [...] we have noticed previously, iPhone and iTouch have been saviors for Truphone. Wilson told me that the company has more than 100,000 subscribers [...]

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