Truphone brings low-priced international calls to the iPhone

Global mobile network operator, Truphone, has added Truphone Anywhere functionality to its iPhone application, enabling users to make international calls across the internet for as little as £0.03 per minute even when they are not connected to the internet.

Inbound Truphone calling on the iPhone is also added for the first time, making it possible to enjoy completely free Truphone calls between two iPhones.

Truphone Anywhere works in 33 countries around the world, saving iPhone users from those countries money on international calls made from their home country when not in WiFi. The easy to use service works alongside domestic service providers, but reduces international call costs.

Unlike calling card solutions, Truphone Anywhere does not require a user to remember what to do. Whenever an international number is dialled from outside WiFi, Truphone Anywhere simply asks whether the user wants to make a Truphone call. The user simply accepts, and Truphone connects the call.

The second new key feature – inbound calling for Truphone on the iPhone – works in all countries. Using the new presence feature, iPhone users can see which of their other Truphone-using contacts are online, including contacts who also have Truphone on their iPhone. This makes it possible to place, for the first time, a free iPhone-to-iPhone Truphone call.

The new inbound call capability means that iPhone users can avoid inbound call charges, for example, when abroad, provided they are connected to a WiFi network, enabling significant cost savings.

Geraldine Wilson, Truphone’s new CEO, stated: “No one likes big mobile bills, and they don’t come any bigger than for international calls. But for iPhone users, that no longer needs to be the case. They can choose either to pay standard international call rates, or to reduce them to as little as three pence or six cents per minute. It’s as simple as that, no catches.”