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Default Truphone buys Sim4travel - 14-04-2008, 01:29

Truphone picks up Sim4TravelYou ain't no one if you can't issue your own SIMs
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Published Friday 11th April 2008 15:51 GMT

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VoIP operator Truphone has snapped up cheapo-roaming operator SIM4 Travel, with a view to combining the operations and providing travellers with low-cost VoIP calls over cellular infrastructure.

Truphone has spent 1.34 million in cash, along with 1.3 million in shares, for the company whose own shares have been in steady decline since listing, with a value of 37.4 million, on the Ofex market back in 2006.

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SIM4Travel sells SIMs through Tesco, WH Smith and similar high-street stores, giving buyers a new phone number which receives calls for free and makes them at a reduced cost in a wide variety of countries.

Truphone provides a VoIP client for Nokia N and E-Series phones, allowing owners of those handsets to make cheap calls over Wi-Fi networks regardless of where they are in the world.

The company isn't commenting on plans, but it's easy to imagine a scenario similar to the 3UK/Skype arrangement. Calls made from a Truphone-equipped handset would be routed over the cellular network to the nearest Truphone hub, and then converted to VoIP connections for cheaper routing.

Where a Wi-Fi connection was available that would be unnecessary, but Wi-Fi is far from ubiquitous, and Truphone would like to be making money when you're not near a hotspot.

The purchase might also make it easier for Truphone to claim to be a mobile operator, and demand mobile termination fees. T-Mobile has been refusing to pay such fees on the grounds that a call to a Truphone customer might be routed over the internet (if the customer is connected to Wi-Fi at the time), and thus cost Truphone nothing to deliver.

That case is still winding its way through the British court system, but operating their own connections won't do Truphone any harm when it comes to proving their operator credentials.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04...ne_sim4travel/
   
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Default 14-04-2008, 02:13

I think a couple of those assumptions show there are some things that TheReg reporter doesn't quite understand, like the termination fees
   
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Default 14-04-2008, 18:22

UM are also developing a convergence service/product combining VoIP with GSM/3G. If roaming data rates come down soon, I'm sure most of the roaming discounters will offer VoIP-over-3G (at least for outgoing calls) instead of the unreliable callback solutions. Beyond that it would make sense to route incoming and outgoing calls through wifi, if available. The Austrian operator A1 already offers a service called "A1 over IP", which allows receiving calls towards their cellular number through VoIP, so A1 customers can evade roaming fees if they have internet access and some VoIP device. Of course they can place outgoing calls at lower rates through "A1 over IP", too.


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UM are also developing a convergence service/product combining VoIP with GSM/3G. If roaming data rates come down soon, I'm sure most of the roaming discounters will offer VoIP-over-3G (at least for outgoing calls) instead of the unreliable callback solutions. Beyond that it would make sense to route incoming and outgoing calls through wifi, if available. The Austrian operator A1 already offers a service called "A1 over IP", which allows receiving calls towards their cellular number through VoIP, so A1 customers can evade roaming fees if they have internet access and some VoIP device. Of course they can place outgoing calls at lower rates through "A1 over IP", too.
TMObile USA has this as well.
   
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