Truphone continues smartphone rampage

Mobile VoiP provider Truphone today announced support for the Android operating system. While that doesn’t include a heck of a lot of phones just yet–pretty much the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S., the U.K. and soon in Germany–the Google-developed mobile OS has a lot of momentum behind it. Motorola, Sony Ericsson, LG Electronics and Samsung have all committed to developing Android phones (see the full list of Android partner’s here), and, in the case of Motorola, have even dumped the Symbian operating system to do so. Truphone may have just expanded its potential future customer base considerably.

Truphone has developed a VoIP calling service that uses a smartphone’s Wi-Fi radio or local number routing to offload international calls onto its SIP-based network, thus allowing customers to avoid the outrageous per-minute charges most operators bill for international calls. Over the last two years it has added more smartphone platforms to its service–including Nokia S60, BlackBerry and the iPhone–and has expanded the capabilities of its client to support messaging and interoperability with other VoIP providers like Skype. But Truphone has even bigger plans. As Telephony reported last week, Truphone plans to launch an MVNO that would combine the best elements of the different roaming, messaging and international calling platforms it offers. It still isn’t offering up many details, but we’re bound to find out more at Mobile World Congress next month.

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