11/2/2007 1:39:00 PM
Free internet calls
An application offering free internet phone calls has been launched. Called Yeigo, the service uses a mobile phone's internet connection to make free calls to other Yeigo users.
The application is free and customers do not need to sign a contract. Users can download the application onto their existing handset. They will need to have sufficient prepay credit or a pay-monthly contract to access the internet from their handset.
Yeigo chairman Ivan Ferrer said: 'Yeigo will fundamentally change the way mobile telephone is delivered to and used by consumers.'
Yeigo said the application has been named the 'Skype of mobile phones' by bloggers in South Africa, where the service originated.
Meanwhile, 3 and Skype launched a handset this week called the Skypephone, which also allows users to make free calls over the internet.