Tuesday 16 October 2012

Plingm introduces free VoIP calls for Facebook users

Plingm, the Swedish mobile VoIP app, has introduced free phone calls for Facebook's one billion users. Plingm users with an iPhone can call their contacts on Facebook directly.

India has over 59 million Facebook users, which means that more than 73 percent of the online population in India uses the social media tool. Thanks to a back-end solution developed by Plingm, Facebook users can now also call and talk with their Facebook friends for free anywhere in the world.

"Mobile numbers are legacy.  By calling friends with our Facebook feature, you can always reach the person you want to speak to even if they change their number", says Pandelis Eliopoulos, co-founder of Plingm. "With the growing use of social media, the possibility to call your Facebook friends directly without a phone number is a logical evolution of mobile communication."

To use the app, you need to download the Plingm app from the iOS App Store, and grant permission to connect it with your Facebook account. The app automatically scans and imports all your contacts. Calls between Plingm users are free all over the world.

Plingm, previously called Freephoo, lets you talk with your friends long and often. Calls to friends using Plingm are free, and calls to people without Plingm are low cost and always at a fixed rate, no surprises.

Users can make free and unlimited calls to all Plingm users, and low cost calls with a fixed rate (0.09 Euro per minute) to mobiles and landlines worldwide. Users get 10 free Plingm outgoing minutes when they install the app for the first time.

Users can use the same account for all their devices with Plingm. Supported devices include iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.

Plingm had launched their free mobile VoIP application in India in Jaunary this year.

“We are very happy to launch our application in India as it is an important market for us.” Pandelis Eliopoulos, Co-founder at freephoo said during the announcement. “We hope our Indian users are delighted by our easy-to-use app, its superior sound quality and social features. We understand that people are building and maintaining relationships through their social networks, so the phonebook is no longer the only source for contacts. We are very pleased to give our users the opportunity to call their Facebook and LinkedIn contacts too."

Calling with Plingm, instead of a traditional mobile operator, saves consumers large sums of money, particularly on international calls. Smartphone owners that use Plingm can make free mobile calls to each other and low cost calls to other numbers.

Back in July, the Plingm app got an update that focused on simplifying the interface, along with support for additional languages.

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