Truphone Expands Its Suite of Applications to the Desktop and Laptop Now allows Mac, Windows and Linux Users to talk and text wherever they are at lowest possible cost

LONDON, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Truphone, the global mobile network, today announced that its award-winning mobile VoIP service is now available for desktops and laptops. The new desktop application has been unveiled at the same time as the company's new brand name Tru and its refreshed website.

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Tru's new desktop application can be easily downloaded from www.truphone.com/applications allowing customers to stay in touch with the people that matter to them using voice, instant messenger or SMS text messaging, for free or at low cost, using their device's Internet connection.

Tru's customers will be able to transfer their PC calls seamlessly onto their mobile phones, providing the ultimate in convenience and allowing customers to stay connected wherever they are.

The launch of Tru App for Desktop comes hot on the heels of Tru's new calling plans, offering rates that are 60% cheaper than its competitors across its top 30 calling destinations. The launch is part of the company's strategy to allow customers to stay connected wherever they are at the lowest possible cost, in whichever way is most convenient to them.

The Tru App for Desktop is compatible on Windows XP/7 and Vista Mac OS X and all major distributions of Linux operating systems, and is based upon the popular features found within the company's mobile applications, allowing desktop users to:

  • Make and receive calls in the most convenient and cost effective way
    • One account across their Tru App for Desktop and Tru App for Mobile account means that incoming calls will ring simultaneously on both the desktop and mobile application, allowing the user to pick up on whichever devices is most convenient
  • Transfer your call from the PC to your mobile so that you can keep moving whilst talking
  • Purchase an incoming number for your Tru account so that friends can ring you wherever you are
  • Keep in touch with contacts from all their social networks in one place:
    • Integrate all their social and personal networks including Tru's TruFriends, Skype, Facebook, AIM, GoogleTalk, MSN, with real-time updates and synchronisation between devices
  • See who is online at a glance
    • Determine online status and presence of other Tru users, and assign your own avatar
  • Share documents and files by dragging and dropping directly into the app

"Our customers can now enjoy all the benefits of Tru on their desktops and laptops, as well as their mobile device, so they can stay in touch for free or very low cost, regardless of their location," said Geraldine Wilson, CEO, Tru. "It can often be more convenient to call over the desktop when in a Wi-Fi location such as a hotel room, and our new Tru App for Desktop converges our expertise in mobile telephony with the personal computer, delivering a top notch calling experience wherever you are."

The launch expands the company's portfolio of popular mobile calling applications for the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android, Nokia and RIM Blackberry devices, allowing users to continue their conversation whether they are at their PC or on the move.

For further information on Tru's applications and new pricing structure go to www.truphone.com.

Tru set the standard for mobile VoIP in 2006 by enabling people to make free or low cost calls using Wi-Fi on their mobile phones for the first time. The company was the first to introduce Wi-Fi calling on the iPhone in 2007 and the first to launch a calling application for the Apple iPad. Since 2006, Tru has innovated and expanded its services to include a full GSM offering. Tru, the first global mobile network, brings an end to the pain of international roaming by providing consumers with local rates and local numbers in a growing number of countries throughout the world, all on one SIM.

For more information on the desktop application, or to try it for yourself, visit www.truphone.com

Notes to editors

About Tru™

Tru is the world's first global mobile network, helping people and businesses around the world thrive by providing them with communications services that save them money and simplify their lives.

Founded in 2006, the company uses innovation to drive convenience up and costs down. The company's flagship GSM service, Tru, helps international business by charging local rates instead of roaming rates, and low cost international calls, in a growing number of countries throughout the world. Tru 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.

The company is also a pioneer 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.

Important information

Tru is not a replacement for an ordinary telephone service and emergency calls cannot be made using Tru. However Tru does not prevent emergency calls being made via a handset's normal cellular service provider. Tru cannot advise on the legality of VoIP services in specific territories or jurisdictions. It is the user's responsibility to confirm that use of the Tru VoIP software and service is permitted in the location in which they use it.

Apple and iPod are trademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the United States and other countries. Google is a trademark of Google Inc. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Google and Android are trademarks of Google, Inc. Truphone is a trademark of Software Cellular Network Ltd. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners.

Consumers using Tru on their desktop can use the same account logins and details as for their existing Tru accounts on their mobiles, and can use credit from their existing account to pay for calls.

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