November 08, 2012

ANOTHER App? Virgin Media promise mobile calls at fixed line costs

Just days after TV Anywhere finally turns up, VM has announced another App is on the way, and this time it's for both iOS and Android. Virgin announced this week that it is to release a SmartCall app for iPhone and Android that makes calls using landline minutes, albeit only when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
"The intuitive app will automatically detect whether a SmartCall is possible and whether that call is included in their home phone talk plan," Virgin said in its announcement on Tuesday.
The app will make calls from abroad as well as within the UK (hmm, sounds like Skype). The app can be used on any mobile network.
But here's the catch: it's "coming soon", so don't expect it any time this year. The first to get the free app will be "select customers" identified via Virgin's Tickles customer extras programme, who will be able to sign up for SmartCall in the weeks running up to Christmas. The app will then be offered to all customers "some time in the first quarter of 2013".
Really? Pardon my cynicism but the wait for TV Anywhere suggests that may prove a might optimistic.

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