AT&T has just released an app that allows users to make cheap international calls from their iPhone, iPad, Blackberry or Android handset.
AT&T Call International (opens in new tab)is available on iTunes and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and requires iOS 3.1 or later. The new app for long distance calling is also available from the Android Market, where it seems to be getting mixed reviews so far.
This app allows international calls over AT&T's 3G network for far smaller prices than the regular services that the carrier provides. Users have already had the option of free or cheap calls via Skype or other similar services for two years now.
Users who chat with friends in China, France, Germany and the UK with AT&T's new VoIP have to pay only 4 cents per minute. Talking with friends in Mexico costs double, and to India the price is 9 cents.
Calls to mobile numbers in Europe, China and India cost between 21 and 27 cents. The carrier's new strategy seems to involve taking proactive measures against the threat of VoIP services, such as Skype and Vonage, that challenge the traditional phone networks.
Two years ago, AT&T acknowledged the situation and allowed subscribers to use its 3G network on Skype and to place international calls over the Internet.