TEL AVIV, ISRAEL/BANGALORE, INDIA: In a breakthrough that can make international telephone calls as cheaper as a local call tariff and eliminate roaming charges, an Israel company has developed a solution with integration of GSM technology with Internet. The technology allows a GSM sim card to be integrated with a USB port or a phone to convert a connected PC into a telephone and make VoIP calls to any mobile or handset anywhere in the world.
This unique solution has been developed by Skuku, an international communications company specializing in network based telephony solutions. After two years of development work in Latvia and Israel the Skuku devices will hit the market world wide in a big way including in India.
Skuku is a USB handset or USB stick which, once a SIM-card has been inserted, allows the user to pay only their local airtime charges when making and receiving calls from their home country. Skuku phone transforms the user’s PC into his personal mobile phone, keeping all of the phone’s features and allowing low-cost VOIP and text messaging.
The user keeps their own personal phone number and enjoys all the other features of their mobile phone, including contact lists and text messaging. Skuku phone also enables receiving and making of international calls from anywhere in the world at low IP tariffs, while inter-network calls are free between Skuku users.
The Skuku phone now allows users to enjoy the added convenience of using an actual phone-like handset to make and receive calls from their PC. Besides sending and receiving SMS messages is also possible using a Skuku device. “We wanted to make people as comfortable as possible when making calls from their personal computers,” said Lior Tzabari, vice president of marketing for Skuku. The Skuku phone and stick, allows users to totally eradicate roaming costs while at the same time maximizing user comfort.”
Skuku handset device follows the launch of the Skuku stick, Skuku’s original solution to eliminating roaming charges. Skuku stick is a USB device, which once a SIM-card is inserted into it and is placed in the user’s PC, offers the same benefits as Skuku phone.
The Indian launch of the Skuku devices is expected in beginning of the forth quarter. We are in the process of appointing resellers through India and we expect to sell off 1,00,000 devices within 12 moths of the launch date, the Skuku vice president said adding that the devices will be also launched is several other nations worldwide.