Mobile communications provider Truphone has launched a new application designed to save business users 50 per cent or more on international calls.
Truphone Business is a BlackBerry application which enables users to make international calls at fixed line rates, according to the firm. The application works alongside existing mobile operators, and can be pushed to each device via the BlackBerry server, thus reducing provisioning headaches.
When a caller with the Truphone Business app installed on their device dials an international number, Truphone intercepts the call and connects it to the destination via the firm's Truphone Global Platform.
The company is offering two tiers of rates: TruStandard at £2.50 a month, and TruSaver at £5 a month. Calls to the US and China are just 3p a minute with TruSaver, and 5p a minute with TruStandard.
Customers must also pay for the local call to Truphone, but this is usually included in their bundled minutes, according to the firm.
Geraldine Wilson, chief executive of Truphone, predicted that the service would be particularly compelling to businesses given the current economic climate.
"Companies are keen to cut costs but find that an increasingly mobile and global workforce needs to make international calls from mobile devices as a part of day-to-day business," she said.
"Truphone solves that problem by providing international calls from mobiles at fixed line rates."
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