IVR Technologies, a software developer specializing in IP services, on Monday
rolled out new applications for making affordable long distance calls on Windows
Mobile 6based smartphones
The applications Smartphone Calling Card and Callback are addon modules
for Talking SIP, IVRs application, media, and billing server. They can be
integrated into smartphones running Windows Mobile 6 to facilitate cheaper
mobile international long distance rates.
Using the Calling Card app, a call can be made immediately with automatic
authentication of the caller. The Callback app can be used to make a request to
dial a specific destination the app rings the users phone and connects them
with the requested number. This gives smartphone users the option to make long
distance calls in the same manner and with the same quality as local calls,
according to IVR.
"Our core product, Talking SIP, is deployed by nextgeneration VoIP carriers
that provide residential, business, and consumer voice services to both fixed
and mobile customers," said Barry Sher, VP of business development at IVR, in an
email. The new addon applications use less expensive nextgeneration services
instead of traditional wireless networks that are too costly for making
international calls, he added.
VoIP carriers have started deploying IVRs Smartphone Calling Card and Callback,
but the company didnt provide names of the carriers.
Mobile users already have other options for making affordable long distance
calls on their mobile phones, and not only on Windows Mobile devices.
Raketu last week introduced a Webbased VoIP calling application for BlackBerry
users. The company has set up "free calling zones" in over 40 countries where
users can make free international phone calls. In locations not included in the
free zones, Raketu charges a cheap calling rate.
Skype also offers a mobile version of its software on the Nokia (NYSE: NOK) N800
Internet Tablet and smartphones running Windows Mobile 5.0. Last August, Shape
Services, a software provider for mobile platforms, launched a version of Skype
for the iPhone. In the U.K., Skype last year launched a customized cell phone
developed jointly with wireless carrier 3 Mobile.
Then theres a startup called Jajah that allows its subscribers to initiate VoIP
calls directly from their mobile phones or computers by entering their numbers
and the phone call recipients numbers and hitting the "call" button. The calls
travel over Jajahs servers, and subscribers are connected with the numbers
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