Barablu Touts Free Mobile Calls

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2006-10-20 Print this article Print

The company develops software that lets owners of some Sybian-based Nokia handsets make free calls to each other.

London-based Barablu has developed a free calling system that works with some Nokia phones that use the Symbian operating system. The product works with Nokia Series 60 phones on either Wi-Fi or GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks, and supports voice calling in addition to instant messaging and video. The company says the new software works with Nokia E and N series phones.
Software for these phones and for some Windows Mobile devices that also support the Barablu software can be downloaded for free from the companys Web site.
Unlike other free or low-cost VOIP (voice over IP) services, Barablu lets GSM mobile phones and Wi-Fi phones interoperate. The company says that this is the first such cross-platform operation. The free service is only between phones that are running Barablus software. Calls outside the network have charges associated. The company says those charges are comparable with Skypes fees. Barablu already has free calling for PCs using VOIP. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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