Truphone first to provide VoIP app for Nexus One

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Voice app provider Truphone is releasing an updated app for Android which is compatible with Google’s Nexus One handset. That makes it the first VoIP client for that phone. In fact it turns out the Nexus One is going to be very important to Truphone’s overall strategy.

The update for Android device (version 3.0.2) also makes Truphone compatible with the T-Mobile Pulse, taking it to five Android devices now. Truphone worked closely with Google on the app.

It’s the latest in a line of new moves by the UK-based company, which a year ago was not looking quite so happy. Revenues from VOIP calls are still a tough nut to crack and although Truphone has a great tech-focused team, until recently it lacked business and commercial savvy. The arrival of new – ex-Yahoo mobile- CEO Geraldine Wilson in late 2008 has stabilised the company and set it on firmer footing, although the jury is still out on whether VOIP apps really do end up getting anywhere in a market which likes “free”.

Crucial to Truphone’s strategy however is the gradual emergence – especially in the U.S. – of mobile phones not locked to a carrier. If you can swap out the SIM card you can capture a market. That’s why Google’s Nexus One could be the start of a hugely important era for VOIP startups like Truphone. And here’s further evidence why:

This week Truphone announced a strategic MVNO partnership with Vodafone UK. It will rebrand Vodafone UK’s network for the Truphone Local Anywhere customers of its SIM-based mobile service. It also launched a new iPhone app for global calling. Other regional MVNO deals are in the offing.

The service allows customers to make use of local rates in countries where Truphone has wholesale partnerships. They also have the option of having local mobile numbers for those countries all on a single SIM. For those countries where Truphone does not have operator agreements, Truphone Local Anywhere offers roaming rates that can be 40 percent cheaper than standard mobile operator charges and international call at up to 90 percent cheaper.

Truphone also has an app which works on the iPod Touch, effectively turning it into a phone.

UPDATE: As per some comments below, it is of course worth pointing out there are other VoIP apps for the Nexus One (e.g. SipAgent), but these are generally SIP clients which don’t have the full functionality of Truphone’s app not it’s SIM integration.

  • Sean

    This is the best app on my iPhone. Delighted to see they are going from strength to strength.

  • http://droidfreeapps.com Gethin

    +1 for android

    • Jenny J.

      Considering the fact that Symbian has native voip since 2005 and an incredible quantity of voip applications since 2006… it was about time to Nexus one have such basic feature… Nokia will keep ruling the world in smartphones for a long time.

  • dasein

    Truphone rocks.

    I’ve used it for well over a year and it is now my primary international-calling service from France. I use it on both the iPhone and iTouch, and it is flawless, in my experience, and cheap.

  • http://www.savina.net Raphael

    There is another VoIP app that is working on Nexus One:

    The developer (@belgianwaves) doesn’t have the PR power of Truphone but he has a great product.

  • http://robusttech.net/wp/2010/01/23/truphone-first-to-provide-voip-app-for-nexus-one/ Truphone first to provide VoIP app for Nexus One | Robust Tech

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  • http://sempi.com Stefan Birrer

    I’m looking forward to check out Truphone. However, I don’t think you are correct in asserting it’s the first VoIP app for Nexus One. There might have been others before, but I’ve already been able to receive a Google Voice incoming call over WIFI on my Nexus one using Gizmo and Sipdroid. Granted the quality is not there where I’d want it to be for regular use but Sipdroid SIP/VoIP client has been working on the Nexus One.

  • Irene

    There are many other VoIP apps in Android Market that has been workin on Nexus One from day one!

    Some of them require WiFi, some work from anywhere but use local minutes

    For example, Truphone has rating 3, Google Voice – 4.5, Voxofon – 4.5.

    Voxofon has the lowest rates and was the first VoIP app on Android released in Oct 2008.

  • Ken Aston

    Sipdroid has been working on the Nexus One already, so Truphone is not the first.

  • Nobody Important

    Sorry but this article smells of PR all over the place, is TC taking bribes now?

    Truphone was the first commercial voip app in the Apple app store but they then got their hats thoroughly handed to them in the iPhone VoIP battles by Skype and iCall.

    Now they are one of the first commercial VoIP apps on Android but the same problems will continue to exist, bad rates, poor customer service and substandard quality of service.

    Once android matures I’m sure Skype and icall will both jump on the platform.

    So boo to this article, filled with factual inaccuracies and spin.

  • Bob_S

    Shame on you TC. ) The title’s catchy but completely wrong.
    I.e. fring made it at Nov, 09 http://www.fring.com/blog/?p=1735

  • Bob_S

    Shame on you TC. ) The title’s catchy as as PR but completely as “Pinocchio nose””.
    I.e. fring made it at Nov, 09 http://www.fring.com/blog/?p=1735

  • Bob_S

    Shame on you TC. ) The title’s catchy as PR but completely as “Pinocchio nose””.
    I.e. fring made it at Nov, 09 http://www.fring.com/blog/?p=1735

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      Yes, but, the, er point of this post is that it’s about the Nexus One which only launched this month.

      • Paul

        Mike, Fring has been working on Nexus One phones. Nice to know that Truphone has a compatible app out, but please correct the serious inaccuracies in this article.

      • Alex R

        Yes, but, the, er point of your post is incorrect even after the fact.

        Seriously effed up. Shameful.

      • http://gajeto.com Amir Karimuddin

        Mike, Fring for Android v. which was launched on Jan 21 has already supported Nexus One :)
        Check: http://www.fring.com/versions/#Android
        and http://www.fring.com/blog/?p=1921

      • Srinivas

        Props for Fring. It is not only the first VOIP for Android but one that actually works!

        Truphone (or is it TC?) claims are not only false but their Android app force-closed for me for all of 5 minutes I had installed, but what the heck – competition is a good thing. Looking forward for better VOIP and IM clients for Android.

  • http://www.austinapartmentpros.com Apartments in Austin, TX

    I’ve used Truphone with my Blackberry for the last six months or so and I have to say it’s performed very well, but I haven’t used any of the other VoIP applications for comparison.

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  • Dez

    BOO to techcrunch

    What’s that all about?
    fring released a Nexus one version last week and was really the first to bring voip to android (months ago!!)

    i hate truphone’s PR… there’s always something wrong in the way they sell themselves.
    it’s just like the “voip over 3g” lie they sell to their users on iphone.

    i would not buy a chewing gum from a company like that.

    …and I’m amazed that Techcrunh is falling for this. really amazed.

  • http://www.cooltechzone.com/2010/01/23/truphone-among-the-first-voip-apps-for-the-nexus-one/ Truphone: Among the First VoIP Apps for the Nexus One | CoolTechZone.com

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  • tomv

    I like nimbuzz for android/nexus one (and iphone) because you can call with skype and its high quality and with gtalk and its lower quality. the only thing is that i thought some online skype contacts are missing from the contact list. anyone knows how to solve this?

  • http://twitter.com/luke_ubiquitous LucasD

    Really? ‘SIM Integration’??? On Android?

    This post is a FAIL… not sure I’d call it an epic fail, but a #FAIL nonetheless.

    I’ve used SIP Droid since the G1/Dream first debuted, and it works great on the N1. Oh, and it is free to use on wifi, 3G, and Edge (if you can stand it over Edge). Moreover, I’ve got SIP Droid integrated into Google Voice, so bigger win there… I can take the SIM card out and still have a great working phone (provided I’ve got wifi).

    So, uh, FailPhone loses today. Better up your game TC, we expect better of you than to rehash someone’s press release.

  • http://nikolay.com Nikolay Kolev

    What are you talking about? The first VoIP on Android was Sipdroid, which has been available for ages and is open-source! There are several forks of it already. After Sipdroid, Gizmo5 released GUAVA, which is an Android client for Gizmo5! Get your facts straight, guys!

  • SaucyWingzFly115

    I think skype is the way to go in terms of quality. I’m sure google will improve their GTalk phone quality for the Nexus One. Speaking of the Nexus One theres some good stuff here http://www.techiewarehouse.com/category_s/1125.htm

    I used coupon code NexusOne10off to get 10 percent off my order (found this at RetailmeNot)

  • http://nerdvittles.com/ Ward Mundy

    Was this article written by Truphone?? Sure sounds like it. Loads of companies beat Truphone to VoIP in the Android and Nexus One space.

  • http://technofriends.in/2010/01/24/truphone-now-works-on-google-nexus-one/ Truphone now works on Google Nexus One | Technofriends

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  • Tito

    This is bullshit !!!!!!!
    There are plenty of VoIP applications for the Android:
    Sipdroid, Pico, Fring, Gismo5, etc, etc, etc

    So what is the goal of this title ????

    You better change the title ASAP if you want to keep your credibility !!!!!!!!

  • http://none sam

    been running fring on my nexus for weeks. did you just wake up now?

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