VoIP is great when you have a web connection, but what happens for the majority of time when you don't? Truphone has an ingenious answer...
Today the company has rolled out 'Truphone Anywhere' which manages to make mobile phone calls via the Internet even when a user isn't online. Here's how it works:
*Install Truphone on your handset (list of compatible models - mostly Nokia, though jailbroken iPhones have a client too)
*When you try to make an international call, the Truphone software realises what is happening and takes over the process automatically
*Instead of directly calling the international number using your usual GSM network operator, Truphone Anywhere notes the number you are calling and, instead, calls a domestic number to your local Truphone server
*The Truphone software on your phone then tells the Truphone server the international number that you are trying to call. The Truphone server then makes an internet call to the number you are trying to call, and then connects your domestic call with its long-distance internet call
*You pay only for the call to the domestic Truphone server (this is likely to be free if you have 'bundled minutes' with your GSM operator) plus Truphone charges for the internet portion of the call, which starts from 3p per minute to call any regular landline in more than 40 countries.
Cool, no? A full list of 'Tru Zone' pricing is available on the Truphone site and comes with a metaphorical two fingers to telcos everywhere.
Now who was it I had to call in Nepal...?