7/15/2010 2:26:00 PM
O2 to launch VoIP service
O2 is poised to offer a VoIP service to UK customers after its parent Telefonica began offering an internet-based international phone service in Germany.
The move represents a bid by O2 to allow cheaper international calls and draw in new customers following the network's acquisition of the voice over internet protocol (VoIP) company Jajah six months ago.
The scheme launched in Germany today (15 July). O2 plans to extend the service to its other European markets, including the UK, in the coming months.
Customers using the new O2 Global Friends service will be able to make international calls by dialing a local number. They can choose five friends from abroad and will receive a local number for each of them, which they can call at any time.
In Germany, the service will require a one-off fee of five euros ($6.41) and customers can make international calls for 15 cents per minute.