Thursday, March 15, 2007

Vodafone launches innovative web phone in Portugal

Vodafone Portugal launched 'Vodafone web phone'. It's a download to your PC, which is assigned a mobile number. Through it, you can IM, voice/videocall, SMS and MMS.

Some of it looks new to me:
  • Vodafone essentially launching a Skype/MSN/AIM-like VoIP-service.
  • Allows calling to and from mobiles, the PC mimicking as a mobile phone. Interesting in countries where SkypeIn is not offered (such as the Netherlands; SkypeIn so far is offered in just 15 countries). Tariffs of course are mobile tariffs.

I'm not sure what the technology is (most likely Microsoft). On-net and PC-to-PC calls are free of course, as any non-Portuguese speaker can understand from the demo.


3 comments:

Otmar said...

Sound like what Mobilkom has done in Austria. See http://voipandenum.blogspot.com/2006/11/very-useful-voip-implementation-a1.html

Paul said...

It is suggested to be Iskoot by Om Malik.
http://gigaom.com/2007/03/15/is-vodafones-starfish-really-iskoot/

king said...

Calls to mobile phones or other wireless devices/internet calling may be charged at higher rates than calls to traditional landline phones. Additional fees and taxes may apply. All rates, promotional or otherwise, are subject to change at any time without notice. Call times are billed in one-minute increments.