Free Time to Call App Released by Vonage

Vonage Time to Call App

Last week, Vonage released a competitive app aimed at Skype’s voice-over-IP calling service. This app offers some benefits over its competitor. Time to Call, which is the name of the new app, is available for free in 87 iTunes stores around the world. For between $1 and $2, app users will have the ability to call people in 100 different countries at 15 minutes per call.

Time to Call operates on WiFi Worldwide, and in Canada and the U.S. callers use WiFi or 3G. 15-minute Vonage calls to a mobile or landline phone in Spain, for example, cost $.13 per minutes, whereas the same call on Skype would cost $.2 cents per minute to a land line but $.27 to a mobile device.

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“With the launch of Time to Call, Vonage has simplified the process of making affordable international calls for iPhone users around the globe,” said Marc Lefar, CEO of Vonage.  “Not only does this service offer tremendous value for international callers dialing from their home countries, it also provides a great solution for international travelers who want to avoid the bill shock associated with international calls and roaming charges when they call back home. Time to Call  requires far less effort than calling card services and other international calling plan options, and is substantially less expensive than dialing direct through a mobile carrier.  It’s simple, fast and fair.”

Calls through Vonage are paid for through a user’s iTunes account, which will prove to be very convenient. Unlike Skype, subscriptions or Vonage for home use are not essential for the use of the app. A subscription which includes monthly payments is required by Skype. However, the per minute rate for calls is cheaper when paying for the subscription through Skype. Both services are undoubtedly attractive to the business traveler. According to TeleGeography, nearly 50% of all international calls originate from a mobile phone. This is a huge opportunity for Vonage to tap into a large and growing market.

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Ari Zoldan is CEO of Quantum Networks, a service and product provider for the wireless industry specializing in 3G and 4G technologies including WiMAX and Long Term Evolution.

Prior to starting Quantum Mr. Zoldan founded Launch 3, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and fixed wireless company. Mr. Zoldan constructed a global network moving millions of minutes around the world via satellite and fiber optics. He has built extensive commercial networks in Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe for both private and carrier enterprises.

In addition to his work at Quantum Networks, Mr. Zoldan makes regular appearances on national broadcast outlets and has been featured on CNN MONEY, FOX NEWS, POPULAR SCIENCE, NBC and talk shows around the world. Mr. Zoldan is a sought-after motivational speaker and considered an industry thought leader, respected business analyst and specialist in the start-up industry. He can be found on the lecture circuit discussing topics ranging from Google announcements to Apple developments.

Born and raised in New York, Mr. Zoldan attended Yeshiva University where he studied Finance. Mr. Zoldan is currently working on Start-Up Karma, a management and leadership-themed book to be released next year, and a documentary based on a recent trip to Haiti.