Palm OS VoIP Service Released

The MantraGroup has released mobiVoIP, the first VoIP solution targeted for Palm OS handhelds and smartphones. VoIP, or Voice over IP (pronounced 'voyp'), is a technology that enables making phone calls over the Internet from a wirelessly connected device.

Palm OS VoIPWhen you make a VoIP phone call, you use a normal touch-tone telephone and dial the normal phone number just as you would any other time. The people on the other end (usually) can't tell that whether you are calling from a traditional telephone or a VoIP phone. The main difference is that the phone call travels over the Internet rather than through the local phone company's wires. mobiVoip takes it to next step allowing you to use your PDA and make VoIP calls.

mobiVoIP requires the Palm device to be able to connect to the Internet through Bluetooth, WiFi (802.11), or EVDO. It allows the user to place telephone calls directly from the PDA thus expanding PDA’s capabilities to be used as a converged device. You can dial any regular phone number or make direct calls to other mobiVoIP users.

“We are the first company to release a VoIP solution for Palm OS. We are confident that mobiVoIP will truly change the way we use our Palm devices.” says Manohar Chapalamadugu, CEO of MantraGroup.

mobiVoIP is offered as a monthly service with various calling plans designed for North America and other countries.

The service requires mobiVoIP account, a Palm OS device with an Internet connection and a microphone or headset. The company says the Tungsten T3, Zire 72, Treo 650 and the Palm LifeDrive have been tested to work with the service.

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Tested on the 700p, eh?

SeldomVisitor @ 5/19/2006 4:57:49 PM # Q
Why do I find that believe?

RE: Tested on the 700p, eh?
Admin @ 5/19/2006 5:57:25 PM # Q
my mistake, not sure if it is confirmed working, I will try but I dont see why it would not work.

Er...NOT tested on the 700p, eh?
SeldomVisitor @ 5/19/2006 6:03:04 PM # Q
I, of course, retract this entire thread since the article has been editted to remove the company's (not PalmInfocenter's (?)) reference to having tested the software on a 700p. Kinda makes this thread look weird to doubt something that a company didn;t say!

RE: Tested on the 700p, eh?
palmdoc88 @ 5/20/2006 8:01:10 AM # Q
Yeah and the incredible thing is the flash demo says that it is works with the T5 and the TX.
I guess with they forgot to mention you need to mod these with a Mic?

RE: Tested on the 700p, eh?
buckeyetex315-2 @ 5/22/2006 3:54:37 PM # Q
Could you use the Softick Audio Gateway and a set of BT headphones (usually have a mic built in) to connect with this SW? Anyone tried the Softick with BT headphones on the TX?

Palm Vx -----> LONG WAIT -----> Palm T|X
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Does it work?

palmdoc88 @ 5/20/2006 3:18:14 AM # Q
I installed it on my Treo650 weith Internet connection running over Bluetooth to my Home broadband.
Launched the app, saw a message at the top saying "connecting to server" but nothing happened.
Then tried Demo call and Bandwidth test but it did not work for me....

RE: Does it work?
neuron @ 5/20/2006 3:38:46 AM # Q
You need pay $9.99 to try it. There is no really trial version. The application is free. The cheapest plan is $9.99.

RE: Does it work?
palmdoc88 @ 5/20/2006 5:38:07 AM # Q
Really? What's the Demo call then for?

RE: Does it work?
joad @ 5/20/2006 11:06:59 AM # Q
"De mo" money you give them, de mo' you will be able to try it.

RE: Does it work?
palmdoc88 @ 5/22/2006 7:28:13 PM # Q
No trial no sale.
Skype is popular because it has a totally free component: Skype to Skype.
Maybe they should re-think their business model?

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Can you Receive Calls?

KeithTessler @ 5/20/2006 10:03:31 AM # Q
Hay, does anyone know if you can reveive calls with is?

- Keith
Pen & Paper -> Palm Pilot -> IV -> m505 -> TT > Treo 600
RE: Can you Receive Calls?
cbowers @ 5/20/2006 3:37:08 PM # Q
I see why you're looking for a voice solution, over text based ones.

RE: Can you Receive Calls?
budrowilson @ 5/20/2006 4:21:25 PM # Q
LOL...that's funny

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Tungsten C, not a mention...

cbowers @ 5/20/2006 3:50:37 PM # Q
The one Palm PDA actually designed for VoIP, and it doesn't get a mention.

RE: Tungsten C, not a mention...
palmdoc88 @ 5/21/2006 9:36:09 AM # Q
Ironic isn't it?

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