[qi:91] We wrote about the Skype for iPhone web service earlier this summer, and now two more VoIP startups are trying to bring their magic to the popular phone from Apple (AAPL).
Truphone, a UK-based maker of software that allows you to send and receive phone calls over Wi-Fi on Nokia (NOK) mobile phones, has started showing off an iPhone-version of its offering at the DEMOfall conference. (Watch the video to see how it works.)
Truphone is also giving a demo of its service on other devices, such as the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, the new HP Smartphone and DASH. In other words, Truphone now works on a version of OS X, Mobile Linux and Windows Mobile, along with Symbian S60 platforms.
I spoke with Truphone CEO James Tagg earlier this morning, and he said that the software will be available for download later this year — perhaps by December. You need the third-party application installers to install the Truphone for the Phone application. I am going to meet with folks from Truphone next week in London and will try and get a copy of the software to muck around with.
Like Truphone, Israel’s Flat Planet Phone has come up with a rudimentary service for the iPhone called the iPhone PBX Manager. Moshe Maier, founder of Flat World Phone, emailed us and gave us the skinny on the service, which works via the browser and comes with five international landline numbers (though you can add up to 30). However, since I have not used the service, I cannot vouch for it.
The system identifies where the person is calling you from and sends the call to the relevant number. Folks can send you faxes and leave voice mail by following the menu commands they hear. Faxes are emailed to your email address. For outbound calls, the “PBX manager on the phone” uses a Jajah like-interface — enter the number you want to call and the PBX will connect up both of you. Jajah has also made its callback service available on the iPhone.