TruPhone to Launch VoIP for iPhone

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Oliver Starr rocking some sweet news via Blognation!!

To say the application isn’t yet ready for prime time would be a pretty major understatement as it currently requires the use of terminal on the iPhone to tell the iPhone to use its on-board SIP stack to place the call over WiFi instead of via the SIM card. To use the terminal application, in turn requires that you first Jailbreak the phone using an application like iBrickr or iFuntastic.

This is not an application for the inexperienced or the faint of heart.That will all change however as the company tells me that it intends to finish development on the application which will include simplifying the activation and adding seamless switching back and forth between VoIP when open WiFi is available and the use of the SIM card when out of WiFi range. It is important to note that it is NOT NECESSARY to break the SIM lock to use TruPhone’s iPhone VoIP application. [blognation USA]

I have confidence (yes without seeing it in action) that this will be a very solid solution when it arrives and I welcome the opportunity to test it out. My previous experience with TruPhone on the Nokia N-Series has been excellent. Their software auto-switches easily between networks (not with an active call) but makes sure you can make the lowest cost call wherever you are. International travelers and people with limited cell coverage will rejoice at this. TruPhone just needs to wait out the pending iPhone software update to make sure they can still get apps installed without breaking things.

Andy Abramson has a video of this! Wish I cold figure out how to embed hipcast, but you can just click over to see it in action.

A quick sidenote… If you have a Grandcentral account, you can share that number linked to your Truphone and cell (and others) and be sure to receive a call wherever you happen to be on whatever network your devices happen to know about…

7 thoughts on “TruPhone to Launch VoIP for iPhone”

  1. Truphone simply does *not* work with GrandCentral. The main problem is that with an incoming call you need to reply to GrandCentral via the keypad about whether to accept or reject the call. The DTMF tones do not make it back from GrandCentral.

    Since this is a known problem that Truphone are working on, I’m wondering have you actually tried this and gotten it to work, or was it just an assumption that it would? I’d be excited if it has been fixed since i last tried, but it appears as if it doesn’t work.

  2. have not tried it as I honestly do not use Truphone regularly. My number is routing through GrandCentral, but I don’t really calls that way.

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