O2 has announced the launch of a new VoIP service. VoIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocol, is the same technology that Skype uses to enable users to make free calls over the Internet.
Named “O2 connect”, this new service from O2 will work over any Wi-Fi network in the UK, including O2’s hot spots.
One-thousand UK smartphone owners have been selected to participate in a trial of O2 connect beginning this month. Those selected will be testing this service for free.
The new O2 connect service allows users to make calls to UK mobiles and local landlines. To make long distance international calls, users will have to stick to Skype and other VoIP services.
In the long run certain changes to the service are expected including the possibility of a monthly fee, but no details regarding service fees have been released yet.
iPhones and Android smartphones are enabled with the apps required to use O2 connect.
Technology from Jajah has been used to develop O2 connect. Jajah is an Internet phone company acquired by Telefonica in 2009 for $207 million.