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    July 31, 2009
    Attack of the Palm Pre VoIP Apps

    By JARED NEWMAN of VentureBeat
    Voxofon is angling to be the first native VoIP application for the Palm Pre later this year, but a new Web version of IM+ can already access the more-familiar Skype.

    IM+ for the Palm Pre, spotted today by JkOnTheRun, can be reached by pointing the Pre’s Web browser to s4palm.com. (This actually works on my iPhone as well, but it’s redundant with a native app available.) There, users can call other Skype contacts for free or use pre-paid SkypeOut minutes to reach any mobile phone or landline. The IM+ Web app, which works over 3G, GSM or CDMA networks, is free for 10 days and costs $10 for lifetime use thereafter.

    Houston-based Voxofon has a different focus. It doesn’t allow for free calls between users, but positions itself as a way to make cheap international calls. It’s important to note that Palm — and Sprint, for that matter — hasn’t approved the app yet. Chief executive Alexey Goloshubin said Voxofon wanted to get an announcement out now to let people know the company’s working on a solution for Pre owners. The app will be free to download, and rates will start at 1.3 cents per minute.

    As with Voxofon’s existing apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry phones, the Pre app would use a local access number to place calls, so it still eats minutes from the carrier. Goloshubin said the Pre’s application interface for programmers doesn’t allow the low-level programming required for pure VoIP. That’s also why a Pre application wouldn’t be able to intercept outgoing local calls from the main dialer and offer Voxofon dialing instead.

    As an alternative to local access, Voxofon can use a callback system that comes in handy for travels abroad. It uses a small amount of Web data to ping the receiving line, which can then call back to a local landline that won’t incur charges for incoming calls.

    Voxofon doesn’t have any special deal with Palm or Sprint, so there’s no reason we won’t see other VoIP applications coming along, provided Palm approves them. Given the glacial pace at which Palm’s app store is growing, that could still take a long time.
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    Has anyone tried IM+ Sype this yet?
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    Is this really a VoIP app or just dials a 800 number?
    Palm Vx > Treo 650 > Centro > G1 > Pre > BlackBerry 9700
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    I do not know? Sorry!
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    The useful feature of IM+ Skype is the chat interface. For voice calls, it uses SkypeOut, a feature of Skype that lets you use their network to call internationally. It's not free, but it may be relatively cheap. However, you can use SkypeOut with just any old ordinary phone.
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    Just a pet peeve of mine, but could you link to the article? I'd like to print it, Thanks.
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    Anyboday feels like paying 10 bucks to find out how well this thing works with the Pre?
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    Neither of these are true VOIP, it seems. Both seem to just be a phone number that you call which then connects you with their services. Nothing to be all that happy about yet, in my opinion.
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    I tried this and its not what I thought it was. I thought I was going to be able to make skype calls over wifi or over sprint data network. However all it does is call you back so that your outgoing skype call is an incoming call, which allows you to save on long distance charges. This will still use your anytime minutes. This is useless for me.
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    The chat feature may be worth it for some users, especially if it's work related.

    I use Skype Out all the time, just by calling my Skype to Go number. Saves a lot of money on overseas calls, but it's really no different than a calling card, only with the convenience of managing quick dial numbers on the web site.

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