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Vonage releases VOIP app for iPhone

Vonage [iTunes link] today posted an app enabling cheap international calls using either Wi-Fi or the cellular network. Vonage Mobile for iPhone is free, but requires you set up an account with Vonage, even if you already have an account for your home or work phones.

Users can use their existing mobile numbers, contacts and device interface to place the calls. Just use your existing contact list and click and dial – no extra steps. Users also receive real-time balance updates to ensure they always make the calls they want. The app utilizes your existing cell phone number so people recognize who is calling.

The app supports:
  • Lower international rates than traditional carriers
  • Lets you use your existing contact list without taking extra steps
  • Uses your existing cell phone number
It's a bit surprising Apple and AT&T let this app through. It seems like it certainly 'duplicates existing iPhone features', but it may also be that Apple and AT&T are being careful while under the watchful eye of the FCC.

There have been a lot of negative comments on this app from people who are already Vonage customers and were looking for integration of this app into their existing accounts, but there is no cross-over between the two.




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