Sydney-based mobile application developer BigTinCan has released its BigTinCan Connect for the iPhone promising to slash international mobile costs by connecting existing mobile networks.
BigTinCan does not use VoIP, but the “callback” method where the two numbers over the GSM network are connected by a telephony server. The BigTinCan application sends a small data message to the BigTinCan system with the user's telephone number and who is being called.
The call rate is 30 cents per minute to Australian mobiles and landlines with no flag-fall and calls are made on a per-second basis. The same rate is charged for calls made to many international destinations, including the USA, UK, New Zealand, Singapore, China and Canada. Text and MMS messages can be sent for 10 cents.
BigTinCan managing director and founder David Keane said because the application does not place calls from the handset over the Internet like VoIP applications quality is indistinguishable from standard calls and users do not have to be connected to a Wi-Fi network.
The BigTinCan application also supports face dialing, call recording, and the ability to record and send voice notes.
Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile are also supported by BigTinCan Connect.
Subscribers can access their messages, sent files and call recordings from their PC using the Web service.
The company plans to release additional services and features including in-bound numbers, rules-based routing, caller ID routing, advanced call controls and voice mail.
"It will be like carrying around a corporate PABX in your pocket," Keane said.