HOUSTON, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Voxofon, a voice and messaging service provider, announced today that they have bridged the texting gap between smartphone and feature phone users. With the release of Voxofon 3.5.0 for iPhone, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Android, Voxofon is the first VoIP app* to offer a messaging component which allows smartphone users to chat with feature phone users seamlessly. In addition, messaging with other Voxofon users is free.
Over the past few years, millions of smartphone users have stopped paying top dollar (often upwards of 25¢ per message) for international text messages sent through their telephone providers. Instead, many of these smartphone users have turned to dozens of apps that offer cheap or free international texting.
But until now whenever a smartphone user wanted to send a cheap text to a friend using a feature phone, the smartphone user would be unable to view the friend's response. Yet, despite smartphones overtaking feature phones in American market share this past year, the world as a whole remains heavily reliant on feature phones. In 2011, there were 5.6 billion feature phone users worldwide compared to only 835 million smartphone users.**
With six times as many feature phone users as smartphone users worldwide, Voxofon recognized the underserved market and committed to resolve it.
"We are proud to offer the first app to expand smartphone to feature phone messaging," says Alexey Goloshubin, CEO and Founder of Voxofon. "Our users need to communicate with their loved ones abroad by calling and texting both smartphones and feature phones. We allow them to do that not only easily, but at a price they can afford."
Voxofon also offers free messaging between Voxofon users – whether they use Voxofon on a smartphone, tablet, or through Voxofon.com.
Trusted by thousands of people every day, Voxofon is an OTT provider that offers free and low-cost international voice and messaging services to and from any device, with apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and webOS. For more information, please visit www.voxofon.com.
* Without the use of links or redirects. Based on searches conducted by Voxofon in major app stores.
** Source: Morgan Stanley Researchers, 2011