Coms has launched a VoIP telephone service that enables Apple iPad users to make and receive telephone calls over their internet connection. Each subscriber will receive a UK telephone number of their choice, £5 free calling credit to welcome them as a customer and they will be offered a selection of monthly subscription packages starting from £5.
Already more than 25 million Apple iPads have been sold worldwide, but no iPads are voice telephony enabled when they come out of the box. This represents a huge new market segment for Coms, as our services can be provided over the iPad’s inbuilt WiFi or GSM modem. The company expects this will contribute additional recurring revenues for years to come.
iPad Subscribers can choose a new Coms telephone number from more than 250 area codes in the UK, including principle telephone suffixes such as London or Birmingham. The service includes advanced telephone features such as voicemail and call recording, as well as low cost call plans to all international locations.
The service will be marketed to all iPad users, but will be particularly relevant to those who travel, as when they connect to a local WiFi network they will be able to receive inbound calls without any high roaming fees, and outgoing calls will be charged at their local call plan rates.
Richard Bennett, CEO, Coms plc commented: “This new recurring revenue service builds upon the iPhone applications that we launched earlier in the year facilitating the development of the cloud telephony market. It is my belief that fixed line telephony will steadily migrate to cloud based telephony services which offer individuals and businesses increased features and lower call costs”.
iPad users can subscribe to the Coms telephony service from the Coms website. Subscribers will need a softphone app which is downloaded from the Apple store. Coms recommends the Bria app from Counterpath Inc that has the Coms service settings embedded into it, making it simple for subscribers to start making and receiving calls.
Coms is working on additional features that will enable customers to transfer their existing BT numbers to the Coms service, as well as making the service compatible with all leading operating systems including Android, OS and Symbian.