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We have awarded Vopium our prestigious Bronze Award in this category, having reviewed 15 International Phone Call Services. Read our review below to find out why...
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Vopium is a great international call service that offers customers the opportunity (like many other similar services we have reviewed in this category) to save more than 90% when calling international numbers. With more than 1 million active users around the world (spread across 46 countries), Vopium has come a long way since its inception in 2005, helping to give users both value and quality. We had heard a lot about Vopium, so we were excited to give it a thorough review – and we weren’t disappointed! Read on to find out more about everything Vopium can offer.
Communication through Vopium is primarily based on wifi technology and VOIP (voice-over-internet-protocol) communication, offering customers great quality phone calls at fantastically low prices. The high-quality software that enables users to take advantage of the Vopium web-telephony service can be downloaded quickly and easily and can be used either on a PC or on a mobile smartphone. Compatibility is not a problem, with more than 900 different mobile handsets being supported, from all of the major brands on the market (including the iPhone, Blackberry, Android phones and more). In addition to the web-telephony service, Vopium also has a subsidiary service that connects calls through access numbers (whereby Vopium acts as a middle man in connecting users through a cheaper, local number in a particular country), which ensures customers can still get the benefits of the Vopium service even when they are not able to access a wifi, GPRS or 3G connection.
The Vopium service is an absolute dream to use, with the software itself being described by industry analysts as unique and innovative and largely, as “Smart-VOIP”. Vopium automatically integrates with the users' address book on their mobile phone, meaning that when they dial an international number, the software automatically detects (given the availability of a network connection and the location of international number) the cheapest way to make the call. Vopium is also able to detect whether the other user is a registered Vopium user too, in which case the call can be connected free of charge. The software works independently of the user’s SIM card or network provider, meaning there’s no need to re-install the service if you change SIM cards or providers. In fact, Vopium is so intelligent, it works away in the background without you even knowing it’s there, automatically ensuring that every call you make is made in the most cost efficient way.
In terms of cost, Vopium customers certainly have a lot to look forward to. Calls to a number of countries cost just one or two pence per minute, including a number of commonly called international countries such as China, Thailand and the USA. Calls made through the web-telephony service are pre-paid (with accounts being able to be managed online), meaning it’s easy to see how much you’re spending (and saving!). If you prefer, Vopium also offers a number of unlimited calling plans (perfect if you make a great number of international calls each and every day), which cover the EU or non-EU calls specifically. It’s certainly worth checking these plans out if you use the service regularly, to ensure you’re getting the best value for money.
We found Vopium a joy to use, offering a great combination of value and quality. Although the service isn’t as well-used as other services we have reviewed, it does offer a great quality service that is reasonably flexible too, so it’s definitely worth checking out (especially if the majority of your international calls are made on a mobile). If Vopium sounds right to you, head over to the site to check out the free 5-minute trial and test it out for yourself!
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