April 9, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
VoIP provider Vonage now offers a mobile solution for its unlimited calling to more than 60 countries. This follows several requests from customers who have already used Vonage to replace their home phone service and calling cards to make international calls.
The Vonage Mobile Android app is available in the Android Market, but only to AT&T and T-Mobile customers. While Verizon may have a stranglehold on Skype, AT&T and T-Mobile customers will get the first crack at Vonage for Android. I asked a Vonage rep why Sprint or Verizon customers aren’t also able to use the service and received this reply.
“We cannot specifically address a timeline for adding these additional platforms but we will continue to expand our offerings in 2010 to include a robust set of voice and messaging services that utilize Wi-Fi and 3G wireless networks. We chose to focus on the GSM portion of the Android market first because GSM is the most popular standard for mobile telephone systems in the world.”
Key Features of Vonage Mobile for Android include:
- $24.99 unlimited calling to 60 countries or Pay-Per-Use
- Outbound call can be used on 3G or Wi-Fi. Calls routed through Wi-Fi will not use any of your plan’s monthly minutes
- App imports existing contact list and will display existing cell phone number for outgoing calls**