Now that the British mobile phone carrier O2 launches a new voice call application for smartphones, tablets and PCs which challenges Skype and other VoIP apps by deducting costs from users’ existing “pay monthly” subscriptions. O2 has integrated TU Go, a service which rivals Skype by allowing customers to send and receive calls and text messages (SMS) on multiple devices.
Believe it or not, O2 TU Go app brings calling and messaging ability to up to five handsets and tablet or computers. The O2’s app is initially available for O2 Pay Monthly customers and brings calls and text messages to devices other than their main mobile phone. Just by installing TU GO on your smartphone, tablets or PCs you can have this offerings for free.
TU Go app can be downloaded now on Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 5 or higher, Android handsets, tablets running Android 2.3.1 Gingerbread and above, but only on Windows 7 supported. It is a freeware app allows free calls and text messages are obviously charged at the normal tarrif rate as per usual – so excludes corporate accounts. O2 explained:
“Customers can now take their mobile number wherever they like, even away from their mobile,” said Sally Cowdry, Marketing and Consumer Director at O2 in the UK. “TU Go lets you take a call on a tablet, pick up text messages on a PC and have conversations in places with Wi-Fi coverage but no mobile signal. We’re letting nothing stand between our customers and their number.”
Also states that TU Go combines voice over IP (VoIP) and its mobile network meaning customers can use a regular mobile connection of Wi-Fi to communicate. Users can log into TU Go on up to five different devices simultaneously – including handsets using Sim cards associated with different networks and internet enabled gadgets such as iPods. It works over wi-fi or 3G/4G data connections. The cost is the same as if the user had made a normal call through their O2 mobile.
So, the application is more than just another “me too” Voip app by an operator to me, but more annoying is that all devices with TU Go installed will ring when a call is received. The good one is that, the address book and conversation history is in synchronized across all devices with TU Go.
What do you think about the competition between O2 and Skype? Would you like to have access to such TU GO app service? Comment section is waiting for your response.