International mobile communications company Truphone has recently released a new version of its app, providing many new features for Android and iOS device users.
New features of the Truphone 5.1 App include: call cost indicator, which will inform users how much a call will cost them per minute before dialing; call quality analyzer, which ensures that users are always provided with the best available sound quality, despite his or her location; and encrypted Internet calling, allowing users to make highly secure calls whether they are using a Wi-Fi network or GSM service.
"We're making the smartphone into a better phone – one that is easier to use, costs less and makes better quality calls," Duncan Steblyna, product manager at Truphone, said in a statement. "If you're not sure how much the call will cost, you might not want to pick up the phone – but if you can see that the call is free, or just a few pennies per minute then you'll just press call. Experience shows us that if you have better quality calls, you will make more of them – so we have created a way to make sure the call is always made at the best available sound quality and can even adapt in the middle of a conversation."
In addition to the three new features, Truphone is also eliminating call connection fees and offering a variety of calling rates for 150 countries.
Later this year, the company is also preparing to release Truphone+, a phone service that will integrate GSM services with Internet calling capabilities. The service will enable users to make and receive calls over a Wi-Fi connection when standard networks are unavailable; provide them with a call cost indicator that shows how much a call will cost per minute; and allow all voicemails to be directed to one place, no matter if the call was received through a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
"I, like many people, don't have reliable mobile coverage at my home in the countryside - or even in my London office," James Tagg, founder and CTO of Truphone, said in a statement. "The Truphone+ service will let me use my phone normally, whether I'm on the cellular phone network or not."
Truphone+ is currently being showcased at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona.
Edited by Brooke Neuman