"flyp" Takes Run at Telco Giants by Changing the Way We Talk and Text

New App Offers Several "Phone Firsts," Including Multiple Numbers on One Device and Free International to US Number Texting on Cellular Network

Jul 27, 2015, 09:24 ET from flyp

BOSTON, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology telecommunications company flyp today announced the launch of its new app that rethinks the most basic application on the smartphone — the phone itself. 

By taking a human approach to the technology of voice communication, the app offers a number of features designed to better fit a modern life.  Now, smartphone users can add multiple phone numbers to a single device, enjoy free high-quality domestic voice calls and text messaging to any phone with a US number (even from overseas) and organize all communication into a single-stream location (all call history, voice messages and texts are stored and accessed in one place with each individual flyp number). The app is free and can be downloaded via the app store or on getflyp.com. Premium subscriptions (which include additional features such as area code selection) are only $2.99/month or $29.99/year (USD). 

According to longtime telecommunications entrepreneur and flyp CEO Peter Rinfret, there have been profound advances in handheld computing since the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Yet the voice communication experience, aside from mobility, has remained stagnant for 20 years.

"Users are still receiving the same basic features, the same pay-for-lines-and-data model and the same mediocre customer service from the same telco giants, with little to no innovation," said Rinfret. "In the same way companies like Uber are making our lives easier by rethinking personal transportation, flyp is retooling the communication experience to better fit the way we live."

Since its beta app went live this spring, the company has been growing steadily, acquiring new users on a daily basis. Rinfret attributes this viral growth to the desire for individuals to take back control of their phones.

"Smartphones have become 'vehicles of intrusion' because, until now, we've relinquished control to the caller," explained Rinfret. "Our personal numbers are being shared across social media, retailers, shopping sites and more. flyp changes this by allowing the users to selectively grant access and to organize communication according to their preferences, not the caller's."

Lifestyle Features
In addition to multiple numbers, flyp boasts a dynamic feature set, sleek design and robust technology platform that other services of its kind do not. Designed with the consumer in mind, a highlighted feature of flyp is Quick Reply, which enables smart, situational text-to-speech responses replacing traditional voicemail messages. Much of the power of Quick Reply is in the voice that generates the message — not only is it human sounding, it's smart enough to deliver intonations and emotion based on how you, the user, type the message. For example, if you are busy in a meeting and receive an incoming call, send a Quick Reply that says: "I'm stuck in a meeting, I will call you soon. I promise!" The personalization that Quick Reply technology offers is unprecedented and unique to the flyp app. Additionally, flyp boasts the customized voicemail feature so you can create a different voicemail for each flyp number, enabling you to manage all facets of a busy life.

Currently, some estimate that over 100 million Americans (and over 2.5 billion globally) carry more than one telephone, making flyp a welcome disruption in the telco industry. In addition to the lifestyle benefits, flyp supports one-device use on several levels:

  • Spam protection: From the grocer to your social profiles, personal phone numbers are hard to protect. Maintaining a dedicated shopping line (that can be set to "do not disturb") mitigates the risk of telemarketing and junk text intrusion.
  • Life organization: flyp is seeing adoption by numerous dynamic professional groups, including entrepreneurs, real estate brokers, salespeople and those who simply want separation between work and home life.
  • Increase control and protection: Multiple numbers provide greater control by granting selective access to your permanent, personal number. This is particularly appealing to those on the dating scene, teachers, law enforcement and social workers. In the case of harassment, flyp's dead-drop feature (which sends a "number disconnected" message) can quickly end unwanted advancements.
  • Affordability: With the price of an unlocked phone averaging more than $600 (with an average cost/month of $45 per line), having two lines on one device makes perfect sense.

With access to its own proprietary telecommunications solutions, flyp is one of the most cost-effective multiple phone number options. flyp is available now on the Apple iTunes App Store and in the Google Play store.

flyp was designed to help modern communicators streamline their social, professional and private mobile lives — seamlessly and inexpensively — through an innovative mobile app that gives you multiple numbers on your phone. flyp is available for both Android and iOS devices and is free to download. For more information, visit www.getflyp.com.