Truphone, E-Series’ best friend

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I have two E-Series Nokia phones: the E61 and E70. I love them both, but I miss Gizmo on these devices. It would be nice to have incoming calling with my Gizmo numbers on either of these two phones that accompany me everywhere.

Thank god for Truphone, which has actually made mobile VoIP on ESeries (and Nokia N80ie) work. (I was supremely skeptical of their abilities, and they proved me totally wrong.)

Truphone is a UK-based startup that has come up with a great mobile VoIP app that currently works on four devices – E60, E61, E70 and N80ie – and will soon work on four more Nokia models including N90, N92 and N93 phones.

The service was hard to set up the first time around I tried to make it work, but in past two weeks I tried installing it on two different devices, and everything went flawlessly.

Sign-up, pick your phone model, check for the latest OS version, enter your phone number and an SMS shows up on your phone. (Cingular tends to block SMS messages from certain providers, so you are better off downloading it to your computer and then sending it via Bluetooth or IR to your Nokia E-Series phones.)

Click and install the software. Truphone wizard guides you through the installation process that is fairly simple. All you really have to do is select the Home (or Work) WiFi network, and if it is WEP/WPA protected, enter your security settings.

Once you are logged in, you will see a tiny phone icon on the top right corner of your phone’s home screen, indicating that you can send and receive Internet (Truphone) calls. The wizard can also help you set up your Internet voicemail box.

Making phone calls is pretty simple: click on the phone number you wish to dial, and you get to choose from a cellular or an Internet phone call connection.

Truphone’s biggest problem is that it forces you to use a strange phone number, which doesn’t sync up with your local dialing code. It also forces you to buy minutes in $5 increments, which is actually quite boneheaded. On the upside, UK users can use The Cloud network to make Internet calls. Maybe Boingo should cut a deal with them in the US?

Photo by Truphone via Flickr

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Prateek Doshi

Well answered Tim, I second what you said. Thanks for making VOIP truely available to the masses.

Tim Donnelly Smith, Truphone

To Ruslan: there is more to Truphone than you clearly believe. First: while you, personally, might be comfortable talking about a “bundle of settings for the built-in SIP phone”, the enormous majority of mobile phone users are not and, quite rightly, don’t care to be. I’m sure you don’t really believe that low-cost or free SIP calls should be the sole preserve of an ultra-technical few prepared manually to experiment with SIP settings? What the Truphone Wizard does it make mobile internet telephony something for everyone.

Second: if it was easy to do (as perhaps you do find it) then Truphone would not be the only company in the world right now enabling people to make totally free mobile-to-mobile calls. Some applications require you to maintain a separate address book on your phone.

Finally: remember that no-one is being forced to use Truphone; it’s free to download and there are no monthly subscriptions or other hidden charges. No-one pays anything unless they use it.

Tim.

Ruslan

Truphone is NOT an application!

What they ask you to download to your handsets is just a bundle of settings for Nokia’s built-in SIP phone, which after “installation” of the bundle routes all your SIP calls through their (truphone) VoIP gateway. Everyone can use Nokia’s SIP that way (with Gizmo’s account for example or any other) and I don’t see anything special in this so call “True phone”. All they have at present is a pure PR for their SIP service to obtain big $$ from their stupid VCs. There’s no a single piece of technology, nothing! Try to prove it back if I’m mistaken.

Regards,
Ruslan.

xaxis

get a Voxalot.com account, place your settings of Gizmo there (if they allow you), voxalot will handle all your VOIP calls. if gizmo don’t support it, try forwarding your calls to another regular VOIP account number.

Om Malik

JOnathan,

I tried man – it did not work. I think the e61 I have is Vodafone branded and that might be creating an issue. The E70 doesn’t handle things too well as yet.

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