Mobile VoIP continues to be a wild rollercoaster ride, but at least one company is tackling the space with fresh gusto. TruPhone said at Macworld that its mobile VoIP service for the iPhone now will integrate that most hallowed of Internet telephony players: Skype.
Beginning Jan. 12, iPhone and iPod Touch users will be able to leverage the free TruPhone app for Skype-to-Skype calling and messaging. Considering the level of rabid fandom the Skype user base possesses, it’s a proposition that might have legs. While apps from Fring and Nimbuzz also allow iPhoners to tap Skype, there’s a value-add that TruPhone seems to be going for that sets it apart. That is, it’s essentially positioning itself as an aggregation portal for voice and instant messaging.
The TruPhone portal integrates the ability to make low-cost international calls over Wi-Fi or cellular, and it integrates IM functionality from MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. It also has Twitter and aggregates in Google Talk.
Now if we could get some details on how the service is being monetized, we’d be all set.
In other news, Skype has announced 2.8 Beta for Macs, which adds Skype Access for 19 cents per minute Wi-Fi hotspot service through Bongo Wireless. Also, Skype Mac users now have mood message capability, bigger profile pictures, chat management and contact notes. And, the new version adds screen-share capability for Mac users to use with Windows- and Linux-based Skype users.