There are a LOT of people who could benefit from Wi-Fi calling on their Android Phone. Take for example this guy, who doesn’t seem to get a good cellular signal in his home and would like to use his Wi-Fi to call out. Typically users would be pointed towards an application that launched in February 2009 called Sipdroid, but as you can see by the XDA Developers tutorial on the app, it’s anything but idiot proof to get going.
Introducing Truphone, an application that was JUST updated to include Wi-Fi calling to Google Voice, Skype and Truphone users for FREE when both parties are connected to Wi-Fi. When the receiving party is NOT on Wi-Fi there is a small fee to place calls and you can make these calls globally.
Considering the existence of Sipdroid, the opening statement in Trupohone’s press release is an incorrect fact that was thrown in for effect:
Truphone, the next generation global mobile operator, today announced the immediate free availability of its new application for Android(TM) enabled mobile handsets, introducing Wi-Fi calling on this platform for the first time.
That’s kind of irritating… and I’m sure Sipdroid developers feel the same. Another irritation is that Truphone only works on certain Android phones as of the publication of this article – HTC Dream, Magic and Hero.
Supposedly compatibility with the remaining Android phones on other Android versions is coming – I’d love to know what technicalities are holding the company back.
While Truphone’s update to version 3.0 of their application may not be the FIRST Wi-Fi calling application as they claim, it could be the easiest/prettiest. It looks great and for the novice Android user it’s a more immediate, complete and no-hassle solution. At least it seems that way on the surface – let us know how you fare.
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