February 8, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Vonage kept home phone service providers on their toes when it launched an alternate calling serve, and now the company is trying to do the same for the mobile industry.
The new Vonage Mobile app enables free “high-definition calls” and text messages to other Vonage Mobile users throughout the world. Whether in Athens, Georgia or Athens, Greece, the app will let users speak to other Vonage Mobile users over 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi. And to sweeten its appeal, calls made to a Vonage or business phone number is also free.
This is not the first Android app that Vonage has released, but those apps were previously limited in scope or required a Facebook plugin. Vonage Mobile removes that minor hurdle and enables simple calling. There’s even a limited-time offer to make free calls to any phone in the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico, though there’s a cap at 3,000 minutes per user
When the time comes to call a number not covered by the free offers, Vonage offers international calling rates that are “on average 70 percent less than major mobile carriers and 30 percent less than Skype.” Users will add $4.99 to $9.99 to their accounts and then have the cost of each call deducted according to number of minutes used. The app may use data rates when used over 3G/4G, so monitor for differences in your first carrier bill following using Vonage.