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Nimbuzz Picks Voxbone for Mobile VoIP Function

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June 22, 2009

Nimbuzz Picks Voxbone for Mobile VoIP Function

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Nimbuzz has reportedly selected Voxbone to enable its users to make voice calls to their contacts on any IM and VoIP service, including Gizmo5 (News - Alert) and Skype, without the benefit of 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity.

Nimbuzz, a free application that help users to connect and interact with their buddies across popular communities, including Skype (News - Alert), Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, GoogleTalk, AIM, and social networks including Facebook and MySpace, has more than 750,000 users signing up every month and operates in 200 countries. It combines the services of mobile VoIP, chat, location, file sharing and MMS under one application.

The new partnership with Voxbone (News - Alert) will enable Nimbuzz to detect if the user’s handset is out of Wi-Fi or 3G range and conveniently steps in, requesting permission to automatically dial a local access number and route the call over the Internet.

Also, the Nimbuzz software client determines the correct access number to dial from the user’s Nimbuzz profile. These calls are free except for the low charge to the local access number.

“We wanted Nimbuzz to be a truly mass-market application,” said Tobias Kemper, Nimbuzz head of communications, in a release. “Not one limited to this mobile platform, or that chat/calling network, or a particular click sequence. By adding the DID numbers supplied by Voxbone, we can provide reliable mobile VoIP outside of Internet range and over 2G networks in over 50 countries, with any Internet-enabled handset and no change in user behavior.”

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Voxbone provides worldwide local and toll-free phone numbers over its own private intercontinental VoIP network.

The company claims to deliver high-quality call origination from 47 countries and 4,000 cities, as well as “iNum” numbers that are billed as local calls when dialed through participating carriers anywhere in the world.

Voxbone’s global infrastructure enables its customers to expand to international markets quickly and efficiently using its number inventory, network, self-administered provisioning and comprehensive SIP adherence.

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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