Vonage announces pay-per-call app for iPhone with direct payment through iTunes
Posted on 4-Aug-2011 08:17
Filed under: News
Vonage Holdings Corp. Time to Call is the first downloadable app that allows pay-per-call international dialing to more than 190 countries. The app, designed for iPhones, lets consumers make 15-minute international calls at a fraction of the cost of major mobile carriers with easy payment directly through iTunes.
For a limited time, Vonage will provide a free international call, up to 15 minutes, to 100 countries. The free trial is available with any download, with no purchase necessary.
Time to Call launches globally today and is available for download in 87 iTunes stores.
"With the launch of Time to Call, Vonage has simplified the process of making affordable international calls for iPhone users around the globe," said Marc Lefar, CEO of Vonage. "Not only does this service offer tremendous value for international callers dialing from their home countries, it also provides a great solution for international travelers who want to avoid the bill shock associated with international calls and roaming charges when they call back home. Time to Call requires far less effort than calling card services and other international calling plan options, and is substantially less expensive than dialing direct through a mobile carrier. It's simple, fast and fair."
With Time to Call, there's no ongoing commitment and calling is quick and easy. After downloading the app, customers simply select the country they want to call, touch the Buy button and enter their iTunes credentials, then make the call either from their address book or by directly dialing the number.
Fifteen-minute calls to 100 countries range from US$0.99 to US$1.99; more than 90 additional countries can be called for flat rates ranging up to US$9.99. Calls to landlines and mobile phones are the same rate. Time to Call users do not have to be Vonage home phone service subscribers.
With easy payment through iTunes, there's no hassle with credit cards, cash payments or going to the store to purchase calling cards.
The company said it will introduce an Android version of the Time to Call app later this year.
The Time to Call service works on Wi-Fi worldwide, and is also available for use on high-quality 3G wireless networks in U.S. and Canada. When used on 3G networks, carrier charges may apply if the user has a limited data plan.