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TruPhone just last week 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 this morning the company has pushed out an app that allows iPhone users to make VoIP calls […]

iphone1TruPhone just last week 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 this morning the company has pushed out an app that allows iPhone users to make VoIP calls on the cellular network. With TruPhone Anywhere you can call using TruPhone even without Wi-Fi access — you pay for a local connection before the rest of the call is connected using VoIP. This means you can make international calls for as little as 6 cents per minute in 33 countries when you’re out of Wi-Fi range. The app also adds inbound TruPhone calling on the iPhone, so folks can make free TruPhone calls between two iPhones.

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  1. 6 cents a minute internationally PLUS all the AT&T minutes you consume while on the call.

    And not sure what the fuss over their iPod Touch app was all about – you can only call other Truphone app installees. It’ll be more interesting when they offer POTS connectivity.

    For the places I call, Skype rates are better. Sure hope they announce WiFi apps for iPhone and Blackberry at their CES press conference.

  2. Frederik Hermann Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    That’s great news, our iPhone App was ready for the launch of the iPhone App Store but got rejected. The official answer I received:

    “However, JAJAH cannot be posted to the App Store because the VoIP service is active over the cellular network, which as outlined in the iPhone SDK Agreement section 3.3.15 is prohibited: ‘If an Application requires or will have access to the cellular network, then additionally such Application: – May not have Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) functionality.”

    So either they changed their regulations (and I can re-submit our app) or Truphone just slipped through.

    Nevertheless you can use http://iphone.jajah.com since the iPhone was launched to make VoIP calls at 2-3 cents to pretty much anywhere in the world.

  3. Nothing new here. This is just a way to make calls using Truphone. RF.com has offered the same ability over the iPhone for a year, and can be used with any VoIP service provider or Asterisk.

  4. I’m also a bit confused why they suddenly allow it, or do they charge your normal minutes on top of it as Dave suggests.

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  6. AT&T minutes are kind of beside the point, aren’t they? I mean, if you don’t have a calling plan that’s rolling minutes over every month anyway, you’re probably already paying too much for your service. Unlimited local calling is $99 a month.

  7. The headline is rather misleading as the truphone application is not making a VoIP call, it’s a calling card service where the hassle of entering account numbers and PINs has been hidden by the application. The fact that the call is terminated by VoIP is fairly irrelevant – most carriers these days will be using VoIP as part of their call transport.

    The blog post by truphone linked above says, “Truphone Anywhere works by connecting to a local Truphone server, which then connects the long-distance part of the call over the internet. The local connection to Truphone is, typically, free because it uses bundled minutes from the customer’s usual cellular service provider.”

    Rupert

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