O2 trialing UK VOIP service, potential Skype beater

By Posted 13 Oct 2011, 16:38

Skype has been one of the leading companies in revolutionizing the way we communicate with one another over the internet. Their VOIP service and video calling technology, allowing callers to talk to anyone in the world via the internet, remains largely unchallenged. It has also made its way into various other services including Facebook. Now O2, one of the biggest UK networks is about to try their hand at a similar service they are calling O2 Connect.

Their VOIP service will allow O2 customers to make calls to others in the UK mobile or landlines via the internet, but unlike Skype it will be limited to just in the UK meaning users of the service will not be able to make international calls. According to 3G the service is to be trialed to begin with using 1000 smartphone owners who will be chosen and who get to experience the service free.

The company intends on bringing in certain charges when O2 Connect starts rolling out properly, although no details about how much the service will cost have been disclosed. Whether or not the charges will be inclusive on certain tariffs or will just be charged as added extras also remains to be seen. The service does not have to be used in just O2 hotspots it can be used over any Wi-Fi network.

For now O2 are only allowing Android and Apple iPhone users to apply for the service, but we expect other smartphone users such as BlackBerry owners will also be able to use the service when it becomes fully functional. Until then however we will all just have to carry on using Skype on our devices. Will you be using O2 Connect when it launches or will you prefer Skype?

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