An Irish budget airline, Ryanair, has devised a new mobile chat application that will allow iPhone and Android (News - Alert) device owners to make phone calls similar to the globally popular live chat tool, Skype, meaning they will be able to call each other via a Wi-Fi connection.
The company is selling its airtime through pre-paid vouchers that start at £6.50 for 60 minutes of talk time, if calling a mobile device, and 240 minutes if making a call to a landline. These rates, along with more expensive pre-paid cards for additional minutes, are available only to what are designated as Ryanair Zones. If a caller wishes to make a call outside of those zones, it can be made, but at a more expensive rate.
Ryanair is known more for providing low rates to flyers who are traveling to a select number of destinations within Europe. Expanding to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications has a few people scratching their heads as to why, but it could be a good move for the airline to be able to provide business travelers who need to use VoIP communications while they are waiting in airports for their flights with the value-added services that they need.
Ryanair is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and maintains hubs in Dublin and Stanstead Airport, located just outside of London, England. The airline was originally created to make flights from Waterford, Ireland to London; however, through European aviation deregulations in 1992, it was able to expand and offer more of its low-cost flights to more airports around Europe.
Eventually, what started as a single fourteen-seated airplane flight service has boomed in the past 28 years to become one of the most popular no-frills airlines in Europe. Ryanair has always known what they were doing in the past, and so this new service will no doubt provde a profitable venture for them, too.
This new form of communication being launched by Ryanair will further create an additional source of income that can only solidify Ryanair further in the airline service industry. For more information about how it works, Ryanair Talk has launched a website explaining the details in-depth.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo