Competing directly with Skype's new mobile push, voice-over IP (VoIP) company Vonage today announced that it is bringing Vonage Mobile to the Android platform for customers on AT&T and T-Mobile handsets.
Users can also use the app to make calls, including international ones, over a cellular connection. The phone number used is the same as the one on the phone. This gives customers the flexibility to use Vonage's pricing package for making global calls, which it says can save more than 50%.
The announcement today only applies to AT&T and T-Mobile customers. That's because Verizon and Sprint, which work on a different wireless infrastructure known as CDMA, cannot make international calls as easily. CDMA is a proprietary technology used mainly in the US, while T-Mobile and AT&T use GSM, a more global standard.
VoIP services have never really caught mass market adoption, and with cable companies now offering digital home phone connections, services like Vonage have begun to lose relevance. Everything is turning to mobile now, though, which is giving VoIP a bit of a fresh start.
The Vonage Mobile app is now available in the app stores of compatible handsets.