Truphone fires its low call charges at operators

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Truphone, the UK startup which allows you to make VOIP calls from your mobile, has announced its first pricing structure. From March 1st, customers will be able to call 40 countries from anywhere on the planet for 3 pence per minute to landlines and 15 pence per minute to mobiles. This is aimed at the roaming charges levied by most mobile operators. Calls to other Truphone users remain free. All this is assuming you can get the client software on your handset, which works best on the Nokia N-Series.

The charges apply to most EU countries plus Australia, Japan, Russia, China, Hong Kong, USA and Canada. A 10 minute call from Europe to a UK landline with Vodafone’s International Call Saver option currently costs a UK Vodafone customer £3.80. Truphone says the same call on their service would cost 30 pence. Truphone users also get to receive calls for free, while a UK Vodafone customer on its International Call Saver option is currently charged 75 pence per minute to answer a call in the USA.

Truphone has $24.5 million in financing but last year T-Mobile, an investor in competitor Jajah, kicked Truphone off their network.

Here’s a picture of them in their London offices:

  • John Thomson

    What is the Truphone/Trutap proposition? I can see the value of free calls but I don’t understand the overlap between that and the social networking thingummyjigger. I don’t understand what the technical overlap is and I don’t understand why they don’t choose two totally different brands. Confused of Aston.

  • Tim Donnelly Smith, on behalf of Truphone

    John, there is no connection whatsoever between the two organisations Trutap and Truphone.

  • Scott

    Apart from the first three letters of your names, obviously ;)

  • fukeo

    Their offices look a bit too swanky…

  • Gary Reid

    Looks like a big wage bill to cover and that’s one good view out of their window.

    Pricing seems attractive, I’m guessing they will need some hefty traction to get some return for their investors – optimize your site guys, especially the flash.

    I suppose their biggest worry would be if mobile operators followed T-mobile

  • john

    hi! i just want tO ask if japan cellphones can be use a truphone connection specially on nokia n95..??need some attention..!thank you…

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