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iPad gets VoIP call functionality via Coms app

by Steven Mostyn - Jul 20 2011, 14:16

Just don't hold it to your ear. Image: Coms.

Here’s one for those who said the iPad is just an inflated iPhone, even though it has no telephonic capabilities out-of-the-box: UK-based VoIP specialist Coms has this week launched a dedicated application for Apple’s hugely popular tablet computer.

Looks like you were right.

Although targeted more towards enterprise users, the new Coms software app can be used by anyone equipped with an iPad who’s able to connect to the Internet using the device’s Wi-Fi capabilities.

Once downloaded and installed, the app allows users to select a UK phone number of their choosing, along with either a pay-as-you-go service plan or a monthly subscription contract that starts at 5GBP.

Providing users with added incentive to jump in mouth-first, Coms will also gift each new user with 5GBPs of initial call credit. Furthermore, those using the Coms app will avoid roaming charges, while all outgoing calls will be charged at local rates.

“This new service builds upon the iPhone applications that we launched earlier in the year facilitating the development of the cloud telephony market,” commented Richard Bennett, chief executive officer of Coms.

“Users of this new service can save up to 90% against BT on international calls and up to 77% on UK calls,” he added. “In addition they get a landline for free which travels with them, saving 296 GBP against BT.”

According to Coms, its new app reflects a belief that fixed line telephony is steadily shifting towards cloud-based telephony services that offer general users and business users alike enhanced features and lower call costs.

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