BRUSSELS, Belgium, Feb 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Voxbone, an innovative provider of international numbering resources, has begun supporting short messaging service (SMS) to its iNum® numbers – phone numbers with the "area code for Earth." With this addition, Voxbone's carrier and enterprise customers can offer their subscribers one global number that can receive SMS messages at competitive rates.
The move marks a breakthrough in iNum usage, as wireless subscribers from a growing number of prominent carriers – including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, Virgin, and Boost Mobile – now are able to text these numbers. The service is already available in the United Kingdom, France and the United States, at prices ranging from 10 to 20 pence per message in the U.K., for example. Voxbone will be adding reachability from more wireless carriers in more countries in the coming weeks.
"SMS is a booming communications medium," said Tim Behrsin, who leads Voxbone's iNum initiative. "It works on the still great majority of mobile phones without Internet access. To subscribers, our new offering means more text access for wireless friends and customers. To their carriers, the result is a net gain in text termination revenue."
iNum numbers have a prefix of +883, the ITU-assigned international code for the Internet, just as +44 is the code for the U.K. and +1 refers to the U.S. As a wholesaler of direct-inward-dial (DID) numbers and IP transport provider, Voxbone receives calls – and now SMS messages – to numbers with this code and delivers them over IP to its carrier customers, for delivery to their end users.
Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Voxbone provides worldwide local and toll-free phone numbers over its own private intercontinental VoIP network – the world's first and largest backbone dedicated to voice-origination services. 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.