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Tesco and Freshtel Join Hands for Mobile VoIP Trial

In a press conference held on May 21, Tesco announced that it has signed a Mobile VoIP deal with Freshtel on a trial basis.

This is the first time ever that a mobile VoIP service will not be issuing a separate mobile number for making calls; that is, contrary to the normal practice of assigning a new number when a person signs up for the VoIP, the new service will allow users to make calls from their existing mobile number.

However, as is the case with other mobile VoIP services, such as those provided by Freshtel’s competitor Truphone, a software application will first have to be downloaded on the handset to be able to access this new VoIP service; Freshtel claims that this process will take approximately one minute.

Further, a WiFi connection is required to make the lowest cost calls using mobile VoIP in order to route text and voice communications easily; some of the handsets that support this service currently are the Nokia WiFi range - N81, N95, E51 and E65.

Tesco currently has a 12 percent stake in Freshtel’s Australian holding company, and both are keeping a close eye on the success of this trial mobile VoIP service.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.