Feeds

Truphone becomes a true phone

We don't need no stinking Wi-Fi

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Mobile-VoIP operator Truphone has expanded its offering with the launch of Truphone Anywhere, giving users access to their Truphone minutes from the cellular network.

Truphone offers cheap calls for Wi-Fi handsets when they're on the data network, but from tomorrow the Anywhere version of the company's downloadable software will use a local dial-up number to access the internet.

So when a punter dials a number the Truphone client will check to see if Wi-Fi is available, routing the call over that network if possible. Otherwise the handset calls up the Truphone gateway and passes them the dialled number for connection over the internet. This is the same way that 3's Skype handsets work, except they don't ever use Wi-Fi.

There seems little reason for a Truphone customer to opt to use Wi-Fi either, which might cause the wannabe telecoms company problems: part of its business model revolves around charging incoming calls for a mobile connection when actually using (free) Wi-Fi connections, but if customers don't bother connecting their handset to the Wi-Fi networks then that revenue disappears.

Truphone users had an incentive to keep connected to Wi-Fi when it meant cheap outgoing calls, but if the cheap calls are available without Wi-Fi then why bother? Truphone does offer presence capabilities that might encourage punters to stay connected, but once they've installed the Truphone Anywhere package they might decide to keep their bandwidth for other purposes. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.