Line2's VoIP Calling App Comes To Android

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We're starting to think that voice minutes are heading to the grave. We know that's an exaggeration, and we're still decades out from cellular voice minutes actually being "old hat," but there's no question that those on the cutting-edge have fewer reasons than ever to actually use them. Skype over 3G has put a large dent in the usefulness of those minutes, and FaceTime is doing its own number as well. VoIP applications are popping up all over the place, and now that you can port your mobile number to Google Voice, we're starting to see more reason than ever to just handle voice calls over data networks.

Line2 is an app that debuted on iOS some time ago, offering tri-mode VoIP / cell calling. This week, the company launched an Android version, fully compatible with smartphones and tablets. Line2 is unique in that it supports SMS, and it's now available to download on the Android Market. According to the company, this is the first VoIP app for Android to feature carrier-grade SMS texting combined with feature-rich calling functionality, allowing customers to use one number for both types of communication.


Consumers can use Line2 to add a second line to their smartphone or turn an iPod or tablet device into a fully-featured telephone.  The app allows customers to make phone calls and send texts where they don’t have cell reception, reduce their cell bills, add a second line for business use, or get another number so they can keep their personal cell number private.  Many customers take advantage of Line2’s free port-in offer, which lets them move an existing number to Line2 free of charge. Line2 for Android includes all of the functionality and features that are currently available to Apple iOS users plus few Android-only features, such as the ability to speak their text messages and have them transcribed so they can text without typing.

The app obviously lets you make calls (and receive calls) over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G data networks, or you can use cellular voice networks as well using the same phone number. This allows callers to avoid cellular minute charges while still having complete mobility. If a reliable data connection is not available, for example while in a moving vehicle, Line2 can still place and receive calls using the phone’s cellular voice line, although with the Line2 number.  The application detects the best available network based on customer preferences and places and receives calls over that network automatically.  This allows customers to use one app and number for all types of calling, an industry-first.

There's also full background support so it can hum along in the rear while other apps are running in the foreground. hen using Line2 over Wi-Fi, calls to any number back home will be free as will calls to other Line2 users, wherever they are worldwide.  Calls to international numbers start at $0.02 per minute, whether calling from home or abroad. As for other costs? It's a free download with 30 free days of service, and after that, service will cost $9.95/month for unlimited calling and texting to the US and Canada.

Award Winning Line2 Mobile Communication App Now on Android

Line2 with Unlimited Calling and SMS Texting
Now Available on Android OS

San Francisco, CA — The groundbreaking Line2 app – the first and only tri-mode VoIP/Cell calling app in the world - is now available for Android phones and tablets. Toktumi, Inc., the company that developed Line2, announced today that its SMS-enabled VoIP app can now be downloaded in the Android marketplace. Line2 becomes the first VoIP app for Android to feature carrier-grade SMS texting combined with feature-rich calling functionality, allowing customers to use one number for both types of communication.

Customers use Line2 to add a second line to their smartphone or turn an iPod or tablet device into a fully-featured telephone.  The app allows customers to make phone calls and send texts where they don’t have cell reception, reduce their cell bills, add a second line for business use, or get another number so they can keep their personal cell number private.  Many customers take advantage of Line2’s free port-in offer, which lets them move an existing number to Line2 free of charge.

Line2 for Android includes all of the functionality and features that are currently available to Apple iOS users plus few Android-only features, such as the ability to speak their text messages and have them transcribed so they can text without typing.

 No other app offers the features and functionality of Line2. Line2’s tri-mode VoIP/cellular calling capabilities allow Android users to place and receive calls over Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data, or cellular voice networks using the same number, ensuring that calls will always get through. If Wi-Fi isn’t available, Line2 can use the phone’s 3G or 4G data network to place or receive the call.  This allows callers to avoid cellular minute charges while still having complete mobility. If a reliable data connection is not available, for example while in a moving vehicle, Line2 can still place and receive calls using the phone’s cellular voice line, although with the Line2 number.  The application detects the best available network based on customer preferences and places and receives calls over that network automatically.  This allows customers to use one app and number for all types of calling, an industry-first.

“We are so excited to bring Line2 to Android devices.” said Peter Sisson, Founder and CEO of Toktumi. “We designed Line2 for Android from a clean slate, rather than just porting over the user experience from our Apple version.  We kept all the features, but we adopted UI conventions familiar to Android customers, and took advantage of some cool Android capabilities.”

Line2 for Android offers full backgrounding support. This means customers can receive calls on their Line2 number even when they are running other apps, browsing the web, or listening to music. Line2 customers can be sure to never miss a call, even if they don’t have cell reception.

The app’s Wi-Fi capabilities allow international travelers to place and receive calls while overseas without incurring voice or data roaming charges.  When using Line2 over Wi-Fi, calls to any number back home will be free as will calls to other Line2 users, wherever they are worldwide.  Calls to international numbers start at $0.02 per minute, whether calling from home or abroad. Line2’s Wi-Fi call quality is better than traditional cellular quality, and Wi-Fi calls between two Line2 customers use 16-kHz HD audio for crystal clear sound quality that is stunning to experience.

Line2 is a free download that comes with 30 days of free service.  After that, service costs just $9.95/month for unlimited US/Canada calling and texting.
 
Also available for Android is Toktumi Unlimited which comes with all of the features of Line2 plus business PBX features like auto-attendant ("Press 1 for..."), call screening, caller-specific call forwarding, after-hours settings, and Mac/PC-based calling for just $14.95/month.


About Toktumi, Inc.

Toktumi, Inc. is the leading provider of affordable hosted PBX phone services  for small businesses and virtual offices and mobile VoIP solutions for business users and consumers. For the latest information on Line2 and Toktumi, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Toktumi or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/toktumi.
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coolice replied on Sat, Jan 22 2011 11:41 AM

I'm not an avid user of skype, but unlimited talk over wifi sounds a lot nicer than say limited to 100 minutes a month! Canada is damn expensive when it comes to mobile-services. Almost all the providers are a rip off.

Well, the only downside i can see right now is i might need to buy an additional battery or keep the charger in hand wherever i go.

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