HOUSTON, July 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Voxofon, a rapidly growing provider of over-the-top (OTT) voice and messaging services, today announced app support for the BlackBerry 10 platform, with a user interface designed specifically for BlackBerry's Z10 model. Immediately available through the BlackBerry World app store, Voxofon BB10 edition delivers free app-to-app texts, inexpensive international calling, and affordable SMS messaging to connect both smartphone and feature phone users.
With Voxofon for BlackBerry 10, users can send messages to others who do not have smartphones by using SMS, even if the Voxofon user doesn't have an SMS plan. SMS replies are sent within the Voxofon app. Typically receiving an SMS without a plan incurs a charge, but receiving the reply within the Voxofon app is free. In addition, the entire conversation is easily followed because it is contained within one app.
"The user interface on Voxofon for BB10 is completely different than our previous BlackBerry apps," said Julia Goloshubina, Vice President, Products. "We created this UI specifically to take advantage of the unique features of the BB10 platform and Z10 device, providing users with a simple and easy way to keep in touch with friends and family."
Voxofon is also preparing to add the following functionality:
- Adding support for Voice over IP (VoIP) calling over WiFi;
- Enabling free app-to-app calling through the BB10 app; and
- Optimizing the user interface for the Blackberry Q10 and Q5 devices.
This wave of enhancements is expected prior to BlackBerry's release of BB OS 10.2 in late summer or early fall.
"The WiFi calling capabilities will be particularly helpful for travelers, people who do not have a voice plan or who do not want to use voice plan minutes, and people in countries whose regulations do not allow local access numbers," Goloshubina said. "It also will allow free calling between Voxofon users."
Voxofon enables users to affordably stay connected via voice and messaging services with friends, family and work associates around the world or across the street. It works with virtually any connected device, including smartphones, feature phones, PCs, tablets and landlines. The Voxofon software is the only solution to offer everything needed to stay in touch no matter what the situation.
"No other OTT provider has the cross-platform capabilities, broad range of functionality or the exceptional user experience that Voxofon offers," Goloshubina said.
During the first half of 2013, the company has reported significant increases in every important business metric compared to the same period in 2012. Downloads have tripled for its apps for international and domestic voice and messaging and the number of weekly callers has increased 136 percent. At the same times its apps are receiving high ratings. This positive customer experience is fueling top-line and bottom-line growth, with total credits purchased increasing 40 percent and profit up nearly 50 percent during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period a year ago.
Voxofon, a provider of OTT (over-the-top) voice and messaging solutions, develops simple, easy-to-use apps (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry) that deliver free and low-cost calls and texts globally. Designed to enable both smartphone and feature phone users, Voxofon delivers a cloud-powered platform that makes it easy to have real-time communication with practically anyone in the world. Voxofon is based in Houston, Texas, and was founded in 2008. For more information, please visit www.voxofon.com.
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