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Truphone demos VoIP on the iPhone

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
News Categories: Apps + Games

Truphone, makers of VoIP solutions for Nokia handsets, today demonstrated the ability to make a call from the iPhone using only the built-in WiFi connection, and without performing a SIM unlock. By executing commands through the terminal — which requires a “jailbreak” of the phone — the company was able to initiate the call from the iPhone, through a WiFi connection, over the internet to Truphone’s servers, then back through the same WiFi system to the receiving handset. “...Our aim is to see Truphone available on all cellular phones with the inherent functionality needed to make VoIP calls. The Apple iPhone is such a phone and we’re pleased to be able to show it working for real,” said James Tagg, Truphone’s CEO. The software is still in beta according to the company, but it hopes to soon have a simplified version that allows for seamless switching between WiFi and SIM use.

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1

WANT!!!

There is a WIFI connection almost everywhere that I frequent, so this would allow me to drop my expensive AT&T plan down to the cheapest one because I wouldn’t have to use any of my minutes.

Posted by Matthew on September 26, 2007 at 3:35 PM (PDT)

2

Would it be similar to Skype for iPhone?
So far I’ve only used it for IM (haven’t had a chance to use it as a sort of a VoIP—or rather, iPhone to a Skype user terminal.

http://www.shapeservices.com/en/products/details.php?product=skype&platform=iphone

Posted by Tom on September 26, 2007 at 3:55 PM (PDT)

3

...maybe it will also work on another mobile phone as long as they are also on Skype

Posted by Tom on September 26, 2007 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

4

touch with the iphone headset???

Posted by BIGP in Texas on September 26, 2007 at 5:15 PM (PDT)

5

Totally agree with BIGP, get this working on the Touch. Maybe they could connect the mic and headset through the Dock Connector if the headphone jack will not work an an input.

Posted by Chris on September 26, 2007 at 8:16 PM (PDT)

6

Totally disagree with BIGP and Chris smile

If you want a phone, buy a phone.
Why buy the touch and spend the same or more in total to have less than the iPhone?

Posted by WhoCares on September 27, 2007 at 6:07 AM (PDT)

7

Truphone is BARELY qualified to call themselves a voip service. The voice quality is choppy 90% of the time. They bill in full minute increments and charge an extra half cent in all their calling plans. This gives them the ability to round UP in every phone call. a 10 second call costs a minute worth of purchased time which is then rounded up to the highest penny. 6.5 cents actually always cost 7 cents unless you speak for 1minute and 1 seconds which will cost you 14 cents. They also start their billing from the moment you press send, not from the time it is answered. Their customer service takes DAYS for response and they ignore ALL proof of misbilling by sending back off subject form responses days later or none at all.

Posted by Bob S on October 4, 2008 at 4:46 PM (PDT)

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