Truphone has just released an updated version of their iPhone app with two interesting new features which will change all that.
The first new feature is called Truphone Anywhere and is quite interesting, it enables iPhone users to make low-priced international calls via the GSM network even when the iPhone is not connected to the Wi-Fi network.
If you dial an international number, the iPhone app does not use iPhone’s data network but the call is redirected to a Truphone access number in your country, which connects to Truphone server which in turn automatically completes your call to the
international destination over VoIP.
You end up paying for the domestic call to the Truphone access number in your country and the low cost Truphone call (which is around $.06 per minute from the US) to international destination.
So when you are not making a call over the Wi-Fi network you end up paying the additional cost of making the domestic call.
The second new feature is that iPhone users will also be able to receive calls using Truphone application which is a first for VoIP iPhone apps.
However, you need to keep the Truphone iPhone app running to receive
calls on your Truphone app which is due to iPhone SDK’s limitation
which does not allow third-party iPhone apps to run in the background. Apple had strangely pulled out the Push Notification Service APIs from the 4th beta version of iPhone firmware 2.1 for "further development" which would have allowed background apps to run. However, there has been no further update from Apple about it.
You can now also find out which of your Truphone contacts are online so that you can make free Wi-Fi to Wi-Fi calls on your iPhone for free.
You can checkout the video of the iPhone app to get an overview:
I had started using Truphone when it was first released but switched to Fring as it lets you make Skype calls using the iPhone which are lot cheaper.
With these new features, I will probably give Truphone’s iPhone app another shot and will also post a detailed review shortly.
You can download Truphone for iPhone for free using this direct iTunes link.
If you happen to use these new features, please drop us a line in the comments to tell us how it goes.
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