New Vonage mobile app takes on Skype

Vonage has decided to take on Microsoft's Skype VOIP business head on. It recently announced it has launched its first full fleged mobile app for iOS and Android users. The free app allows for up to 3,000 free minutes of calls per month to any mobile and landline phone in the US, Puerto Rico and Canada, allthough that deal is for a "limited time". Vonage also claims that the app's international call rates are not only 70 percent less than major phone carriers but 30 percent less than what Skype charges.

The app itself works on WiFi, 3G and 4G connections and lets users with smartphones use the app with their phone’s already established mobile number as well as all of their mobile contacts. That certainly should save a little time in terms of getting started with the Vonage app.

Vonage doesn't require that app users be previous Vonage customers. However, the company did say that all calls to Vonage home or business lines will be free for app users.

The fact that Vonage is promoting its app and its international call rates over that of Skype is an interesting marketing ploy. Skype was officially acquired by Microsoft in October for a cool $12.5 billion but so far Microsoft and Skype haven't done much in terms of offering new and improved Skype services. Indeed, Windows Phone users are still waiting for their own Skype app to be released.

Additionally, Vonage previously released a mobile app called "Extensions" that allowed its home users to dial to international numbers via their Android phone. Today's release of Vonage Mobile is a more full featured app that doesn't require a previous subscription to Vonage.

You can take a look at the new app by vising this link here or by clicking the banner below. 

Disclaimer: Neowin and Vonage have previously collaborated on product promotion such as the iPad 2 giveaway and continue our relationship going forward. 

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This app is quite a life saver. My GF has an Android phone. I have an iPhone. I have great phone signal where I live but she does not so we are constantly having call drops and sometimes we can't even get a hold of each other because my calls won't go through. Something in her apartment blocks the phone signals bad. Anyways, this app is great because now when she is at home, she connects her Android phone to her Wireless router and I can finally get a hold of her when I call her and she can call me as well. Very useful. I highly recommend it...And yes, it is better than Skype.

Scorbing said,
This app is quite a life saver. My GF has an Android phone. I have an iPhone. I have great phone signal where I live but she does not so we are constantly having call drops and sometimes we can't even get a hold of each other because my calls won't go through. Something in her apartment blocks the phone signals bad. Anyways, this app is great because now when she is at home, she connects her Android phone to her Wireless router and I can finally get a hold of her when I call her and she can call me as well. Very useful. I highly recommend it...And yes, it is better than Skype.

This is why Verizon and AT&T do not have unlimited bandwidth. The entire telephone business will soon be VOIP. Wait until the Majicjack gets an android app taking it beyond usb. Land line users are already saving up to 1,000 a year.

onebadolepuddycat said,
This is why Verizon and AT&T do not have unlimited bandwidth. The entire telephone business will soon be VOIP. Wait until the Majicjack gets an android app taking it beyond usb. Land line users are already saving up to 1,000 a year.

AT&T and Verizon will soon have to jump into the Unlimited wagon again if they want to succeed in business. Don't you find it funny how AT&T and Verizon are always promoting apps such as Netflix, etc but yet they have no unlimited internet usage on their phones? Really? What's the point in having Netflix on your phone if you are going to be limited on your bandwidth? It simply doesn't make any sense.

I have been trying this out for 2 days now and while it seems good I have one problem with it. It doesn't have a way to end a call once you have dialed it. Let's say I dialed my uncle by mistake, I have no way of ending the call unless he picks up and then ends the call, doesn't pick up and goes to voicemail, or the call doesn't go through at all. It's an interesting oversight at this time and makes me not want to use it.

funkydude said,
Why is this article back up at the top? I don't see any "update" in the title or in the article, bug?

Yeah, what the hell? Is it a bug? Sponsored? I never seen this happen before.

Saex_Conroy said,
unless they release alternative versions for different platforms, they can go suck ass

Its for iOS and android, i think they have most of the market covered, what exactly are they missing.

I am Reid said,

Its for iOS and android, i think they have most of the market covered, what exactly are they missing.

Windows, Mac, Linux, WP, Blackberry? Doesn't come close to Skype.

funkydude said,

Windows, Mac, Linux, WP, Blackberry? Doesn't come close to Skype.

Well 91% of all cell phones sold this last year were android and iphones.. Im sure they will make a windows 8 app when that is released. I wish companies would embrace windows phone..

Lachlan said,

Well 91% of all cell phones sold this last year were android and iphones.. Im sure they will make a windows 8 app when that is released. I wish companies would embrace windows phone..

As I clearly implied in my response, the world doesn't revolve around phones, so the OP's point is entirely valid.

Lachlan said,

Well 91% of all cell phones sold this last year were android and iphones.. Im sure they will make a windows 8 app when that is released. I wish companies would embrace windows phone..

Totally missing the point... Desktop/Laptop versions of the software are also needed.

Vonage also is overlooking the use of Skype for international calling which is essential.

Most people in the US already have unlimited or virtually unlimited calling to other people in the US & Canada. It is the expensive calls to other places around the world that Skype is essential, and Vonage is currently skipping.

funkydude said,

As I clearly implied in my response, the world doesn't revolve around phones, so the OP's point is entirely valid.

Yes it does as smartphones sales overtook PCs sales.

thenetavenger said,

Totally missing the point... Desktop/Laptop versions of the software are also needed.

Vonage also is overlooking the use of Skype for international calling which is essential.

Most people in the US already have unlimited or virtually unlimited calling to other people in the US & Canada. It is the expensive calls to other places around the world that Skype is essential, and Vonage is currently skipping.

Vonage has a PC software already, but I believe you need to be subscribed to of their plans right now, who knows they might overhaul their pc software too. http://www.vonage.ca/add-ons/vonage-softphone/

MOST people don't use their PC to make phone calls

funkydude said,

As I clearly implied in my response, the world doesn't revolve around phones, so the OP's point is entirely valid.

alexalex said,

Yes it does as smartphones sales overtook PCs sales.


Most people done upgrade their PC;s every 12-24 months

Not to mention a std household may have 2-3 PC's compared to 4-6 handsets..

Edited by brent3000, Feb 17 2012, 11:32pm :