Truphone is a pure voice communications application and does not cater for any other forms of communication such as IM.
Setting Truphone up is very easy indeed. You send a text message with predefined content to a predefined number â€“ the instructions are all at the Truphone linkout:http://www.truphone.com/scn/welcome.tru home page}.
I did this and within seconds got a text back. This contains a link which when selected downloads the Truphone software to your handset. You have to agree to Truphoneâ€™s terms and conditions (it is not compulsory to actually read them first), and then you can click to download the Truphone software. This is a 33k file and download over my 3G connection was very speedy the second time I tried it. The first time it crashed during download, I think because I didnâ€™t have Wi-Fi running on the handset (Doh! â€“ ed.).
As part of the download and install process you are given your Truphone telephone number and a password for the Truphone Web site. You donâ€™t need to write these down as they are sent to you in a text later.
Setup involves selecting wireless access points for a range of different situations â€“ you can define default access points for home and office for example, so that you donâ€™t need to scan for what is available every time. The Wizard for making these settings was put in the â€˜Installationsâ€™ folder of my Nokia E65 â€“ the same place as other self installed software â€“ Fring goes there too, for example.
Once the setup procedure is completed you are ready to start using Truphone for making calls. First you need to activate the Truphone software and connect it to an access point. This is done by running the Wizard as above. Two tiny icons in the upper right of the screen â€“ near the battery icon in the screenshot below â€“ show you are connected. Now just choose a contact and opt to make an Internet call rather than a standard voice or video call.