Vodafone to introduce service to converge mobile communications and VoIP
A new service, known as Messenger PC for private customers and IP-Phone Pro for business customers, is being introduced in March 2008 by Vodafone Germany, a mobile communications company, aimed at driving the convergence of mobile communications and VoIP forward.
According to Vodafone, its client enables worldwide VoIP calls to be made in regular mobile phone quality. It confirmed that PC-to-PC calls to other Vodafone users around the world are made free of charge, while the user's national tariff applies for calls made from the PC to mobile phones.
Vodafone said PC clients allow private and business customers to use Vodafone services with their regular Vodafone phone number, anywhere in the world, on the PC/Internet and on the mobile phone. It confirmed that incoming calls to the regular mobile phone number ring on the mobile phone and the PC, enabling the user to decide where to pick the call up from, with PC-to-PC communication free of charge for Internet users.
In addition, Vodafone has introduced the Text Message Toolbar feature which allows its users to send text and MMS messages from their PC via the Internet Explorer or Firefox browser.