October 19, 2006
Truphone has announced the beta version of its true mobile VoIP service, downloadable for free on Nokia's Wi-Fi enabled N80 handset.
The company believes this service will make free and low cost mobile calls easily available for all N80 handset owners.
Truphone had announced its first download in September, for Nokia's E-series handsets, with a promise that a download for N-series handsets would follow imminently.
The company clarified that there are no hidden or monthly fees for users, and that calls between "on net" Truphone handsets are free, the world over.
James Tagg, chief executive, Truphone, said, "Support for Nokia's N80 handset brings true mobile VoIP to the mass market, and gives Truphone genuine consumer appeal. Truphone routes calls entirely via the Internet, ensuring the lowest possible call costs to consumers, whether in their home country or while travelling abroad, unlike 'calling card' services masquerading as mobile VoIP."
The Truphone provisioning, installation, and use have been designed to be as easy as possible. Interested users can send an SMS with the word "TRU" to the numbers allotted by the company for different countries.
Further, provisioning takes place "over the air" and the software installs itself quickly and easily on the mobile handset. Truphone integrates seamlessly with the phone using the existing address book, eliminating the need to re-type. Additionally, if the handset is once set up to use a Wi-Fi hotspot, the next time when in use it automatically connects.
The true mobile VoIP will be available for download later this month from the Truphone Web site.