Vonage (www.vonage.com) says it supports free HD voice phone calls between its Vonage Mobile soft clients on Apple iThings (iPhone/iPod/iPad) and Android devices. Is it G.722 or something else?
The announcement was made (but there’s no press release up on the company’s web site) on Wednesday, February 8. The free app delivers free HD voice calls on 3G, Wi-Fi, and 4G networks, as well as free texting. Vonage Mobile uses the phone’s existing mobile number and contact list for dialing out.
In addition, Vonage is promoting “ultra low-cost” international calling through the application with per-minute rates on average 70 percent less than “major mobile carriers” and 30 percent less than Skype. Users can add credits to accounts through an Apple iTunes or Android Market store in increments of $4.99 and $9.99.
Vonage Mobile uses the phone’s existing mobile number and contact list, eliminating the need for unique user names and duplicate identities for contacts. Users can instantly build a free global calling and texting network using the app’s multi-invite system from their existing contacts.
The press release doesn’t say what HD voice codec is supported. It is likely that it is G.722; we are waiting to hear back from Vonage’s PR people to confirm our hunch.