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Peter Sisson, founder and CEO of Toktumi, was jumping with joy when I spoke with him earlier today. Why? Because Apple has approved the latest version of Toktumi’s mobile VoIP app, which allows you to call and receive phone calls over 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

Peter Sisson, the founder and chief executive officer of Toktumi, a San Francisco-based VoIP startup, is elated. He was jumping with joy when I spoke with him earlier today. Why? Because Apple just approved the latest version (2.0) of his company’s mobile VoIP app, Line2. The app, which costs 99 cents, allows you to call and receive phone calls over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

What Toktumi has done is build a back end similar to that of Google Voice — but unlike Google, it’s gotten Apple’s blessing. It’s one of the more complete mobile VoIP apps currently available for download; I especially like the fact that it allows you to receive calls straight to your mobile phone over a cellular network even if you don’t have 3G or Wi-Fi coverage. It comes with its own features such as call waiting, conference calling, call transfer and even voice mails — in other words, the service is like a virtual second line on your phone. The service costs $14.95 a month for unlimited calls in the U.S. and Canada.

Toktumi, which launched at DEMO 2008, has had to traverse a difficult path to get to where it is today, and Sisson is understandably excited about the kind of exposure the approval from Apple of its app will bring. Sisson, a veteran of the VoIP business, sold his last company, Teleo, to Microsoft.

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  1. Google Voice is not VOIP.

    1. did I say it was?

  2. I think it would be hysterical if Google bought them. Then I’d like to see Apple try to back peddle out of the app’s approval.

  3. sucks. fring is free voipin on 3g.

    1. I am not sure what your point is?

      1. My guess is that his point is there are free options out there as opposed to paying $14.95/month.

      2. Fring doesn’t even come CLOSE to this app….it’s very good!

    2. Fringe is only Fringe to Fringe though. You cant just call anyone with Fringe unless they already have it on there phone!

  4. Stephane Haddad Friday, February 19, 2010

    It’s very strange why Skype is not providing the new app who works over 3G?!

    As a SIP provider, it takes less than one day for our developer to change the code for our app to works over 3G & WiFi. At this time, the new ippi app is waiting approval from Apple.

    So, why it takes all this time for Skype, is an interesting question…

  5. Jeshek Bulavitski Friday, February 19, 2010

    Is it really gives full control of how to place calls? Can it disply my cell phone number on the caller ID if I make a call using Wi-Fi? I am sick and tired of my long bills from Ornage. Can I subscribe from Poland?

    1. not sure if you can subscribe from Poland just yet. as for saving money: well I hear you and feel your pain.

  6. Could you elaborate a little on how you “receive calls straight to your mobile phone over a cellular network even if you don’t have 3G or Wi-Fi coverage”.

    It’s possible you are referring to 2G, Edge or some type of roaming method, but outside of 3G or Wi-Fi, I can’t imagine that the VoIP experience would be a good one.

    1. After mulling it over a bit, I suspect you mean that your 2nd number will forward over to your regular number on the cellular network. Nice feature, but any good SIP provider can do this with failover.

      I’m currently using Acrobits and it works very well. Like it, because it let’s me choose who my SIP provider is going to be. Good SIP providers can be hit or miss. I like to stick to the ones that have a solid reputation in call quality, good customer service, and look like they may be around for awhile.

      1. of course any other voip provider can offer this service and some actually do, the point is that these guys are essentially providing the best feature mix of all needed features for a decent line2. I have been using this for a couple of hours and can say: impressive.

      2. as to good sip providers, do you have any names? last I checked even the likes of AT&T and Verizon turned off their voip services randomly. there is no such thing as a sure thing in this game to be honest.

      3. Some of the favorites that rise to the top on several technical forums are: Callcentric, Vitelity, Future Nine, and Voip.ms. I use Callcentric and Vitelity myself, and never have any call quality issues or problems with downtime.

        I have no problems setting up business clients who are dependent on phone service with either of those two.

  7. i seriously dont get why google voice isn’t on the iPhone yet? this and a bevy of other apps replicate so many of the iPhone’s core functions, but they haven’t been banned? why is nobody questioning this anymore and did the fcc just file away their inquiry?

    i just can’t justify paying for this when google voice is free..

  8. David Chartier Sunday, February 21, 2010

    Skype has already stated that it’s updating its app to make calls over 3G. A post is on their company blog. This is the second GigaOm site to apparently not be aware of this.

    It’s coming guys.

    1. Not sure what you mean by that. I think they are still not clear about when they are going to release the upgraded app.

      1. I mean that the headline and comments in the post make it sound like you weren’t aware that Skype is updating to make calls over 3G. Naturally they aren’t clear on when they’ll release, because they’re smart developers: “it’ll be done when it’s done” is the best deadline to give when you’re still writing an app and polishing code. Best to under-promise and over-deliver than set an arbitrary deadline and miss it due to unforeseen circumstances, needlessly disappointing the constituency.

  9. It is great news, but quality????
    I delete it if it will work as skype.
    To my mind companies should establish wi-max and inlude support of wimax in phones. It will really cool. I as user can download a lot of info via phone and can talk a lot.
    I think it will as VHS->Discs->Flash->direct TV->?
    Thank you.

  10. Wow, thats amazing. Just the fact that it allows calls over the 3G network makes it well worth $15 a month!

    Jess
    http://www.true-privacy.es.tc

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