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VoIP provider 8x8 reported Wednesday that nearly 450 mobile phone models are compatible with its Packet8 MobileTalk international calling service.
The compatible phones range across a variety of models and operating systems including Windows, Symbian, RIM, and Palm-based phones. Some 25 Nokia phones operating under Symbian OS and the entire family of Blackberry phones running the 4.0 version of the family's operating system are compatible with the calling service, which was introduced less then two weeks ago.
The Packet8 Mobile Talk service connects international calls from compatible mobile phones to the service, enabling subscribers to avoid the use of calling card and call back services to make international calls.
According to an 8x8 press release, "Once the destination number is dialed or selected, the Packet8 Mobile Talk software application identifies the international prefix being called and redirects the call to a local Packet8 network access number." The company said most calls can be placed throughout Europe and Asia for between 2 and 5 cents a minute.
Packet8 noted that customers are not required to subscribe to existing Packet8 VoIP or videophone services to sign up for Packet8 MobileTalk. The service has a one-time $9.99 activation fee and a $9.99 monthly charge for non-Packet 8 subscribers. Current Packet8 VoIP subscribers are charged $4.99 a month, the company said.
Packet8 Mobile Talk calls are carried over subscribers' existing cell service to the Packet8 network, thereby avoiding costly monthly data plans or the need to use a Wi-Fi access point.