BRUSSELS, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Voxbone, a leading provider of telephone numbers to communications service providers and businesses worldwide, today announced that Rebtel's new iPhone application brings one-click dialing to its iNum® numbers by allowing users to generate a local phone number that will map to an iNum for any contact in their address book directly from their handset. As a result, people will be able to call iNums – with no access number or PIN to remember – by clicking on a contact icon from over 50 countries for the cost of a local call.
Through its partnership with Voxbone, Rebtel facilitates low-cost international calling by providing users with a local phone number in the country where they live which they can use to connect them with friends, family or work colleagues who live abroad. Rebtel delivers the more expensive international leg of the call over the internet using VoIP, at significantly lower rates than those typically charged by operators. Rebtel's newly launched iPhone application offers a simpler alternative to Rebtel's traditional setup mechanism, in which customers generate local number for their contacts via the Web and manually load them into their phones.
iNum is a different type of global phone number that is not tied to a particular location. Taking advantage of the +883 country code allocated by the ITU, iNums are allocated for free to Internet telephony providers that enable IP communications services to be accessed via traditional fixed or mobile networks. Many VoIP services still use private alphanumeric identities like those for IM or e-mail. iNum provides an ITU-approved e.164 number that is expressly intended for global use with VoIP applications, and enables users to make and receive free or low-cost mobile VoIP calls within participating networks, such as those of Rebtel, Truphone and Gizmo5.
"Here at Rebtel, we immediately bought into Voxbone's concept of an 'area code for Earth,' as it clearly matches our own vision of making all phone calls local, turning the world into a friendlier place and bringing people closer together," commented Andreas Bernstrom, CEO of Rebtel. "We're proud to be an active member of the iNum community and to be providing a hassle-free way of dialing an iNum for the cost of a local call."
Rod Ullens, CEO and co-founder of Voxbone, added: "Voxbone's goal is to further extend and grow the community of providers who deliver calls to iNums for free or for the cost of a local call. We're very pleased to see Rebtel making iNums reachable from over 50 countries and are delighted to have them on board."
To see a video tutorial of how the Rebtel service works, go to http://www.rebtel.com/en/Learn/
Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Voxbone provides worldwide local and toll-free phone numbers over its own private intercontinental VoIP network. The all-IP architecture of the Voxbone core network enables customers to rapidly deploy new communications services with local presence while reducing costs. It delivers high-quality call origination from 49 countries and 4,000 cities, as well as iNum numbers that enable billing as local calls when dialed through participating carriers anywhere in the world. Through its number inventory, network, self-administered provisioning and comprehensive SIP adherence, Voxbone's global infrastructure enables its customers to expand to international markets quickly and efficiently. Founded in 2002 and privately held, Voxbone is the only carrier licensed in all 27 countries of the European Union. For more information, visit www.voxbone.com.
Rebtel is an Internet phone company that makes it possible to use any phone in 50 countries to call anywhere in the world for just pennies per minute or for free. Rebtel customers only pay for the minutes they use. There are no monthly fees, no connection fees, or hidden costs. Free calls are possible between the 50 countries served by Rebtel and only one of the two people on a call must be a Rebtel customer. For more information, or to start using Rebtel, go to www.rebtel.com.
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