London, U.K. (May 1, 2012): Truphone today announced it’s developing a global roaming application based on RIM’s BlackBerry 10 platform. The new application will let BlackBerry 10 users make international calls and send text messages over Wi-Fi or 4G/LTE at rates up to 90 percent cheaper than mobile operator tariffs.
BlackBerry 10’s advanced APIs, new programming tools, intuitive programming environment and developer features are enabling Truphone to slash development time and create market-differentiating features. As a result, the new Truphone app will provide a superior user experience, including reliable, high-quality Wi-Fi and 4G/LTE calling and other over-the-top (OTT) services that take advantage of the BlackBerry 10 platform.
“RIM has got it right with the BlackBerry 10 platform. They have really streamlined the app-development process,” said Adam Linford, Truphone Head of Labs and Mobile Applications. “The platform’s support for open-source components flattens the learning curve enabling us to build a new application quickly and cost-effectively and have it ready to go when the first BlackBerry 10 devices debut.”
The BlackBerry 10 app also will enable Truphone to accelerate its efforts to offer converged voice and data services to BlackBerry users over Wi-Fi and 4G/LTE networks. Truphone’s industry firsts include the first commercial release of a Wi-Fi calling app on Nokia N and E series smartphones in 2006. Truphone released its current BlackBerry app in 2008 to provide dial-around and callback capabilities and low-cost SMS, minimizing the cost of international communications.
“Truphone’s BlackBerry 10 application will be the product of two things: Our leadership in being first to market on new platforms, and RIM’s visionary approach in developing a platform that’s developer-friendly,” Linford said. “Our new BlackBerry solution will debut at a time when Wi-Fi offloading and other OTT services begin to reach the tipping point to become the business traveler’s must-have options for reliable, global and cost-effective communications.”
Truphone is the world’s first truly global wireless carrier, helping people and businesses around the world thrive.
Founded in 2006, the company uses innovation to drive convenience up and costs down. The company is a pioneer and innovator in the mobile VoIP space. It launched the first downloadable mobile VoIP app for Nokia in 2006 and has since been the first on the iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. Tru supports all leading mobile platforms and devices including Blackberry, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Nokia E and N series, and Android.
The company’s flagship GSM service, Tru, helps international business by delivering significant savings via local rates while abroad and Tru’s least cost roaming. Tru service works in over 200 countries around the world. Truphone is currently selling its service in the UK and will be broadly selling in the US and several other countries this year. Truphone offers multiple local numbers on one SIM card, allowing customers and contacts to reach each other without footing the bill of high international call charges.