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CounterPath Launches iPhone VoIP Client

Extending its VoIP soft client onto the worlds fastest-growing smartphone platform, VoIP software provider CounterPath released its Bria for iPhone Edition, which works on iPhones, iPads, and version 2.0 of the iPod Touch. The new application, which is available for download from iTunes, enables calls over 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

While there are now several VoIP clients for the iPhone (including apps from Skype, Gizmo, Phone.com, and Truphone), CounterPath called Bria for iPhone the first true enterprise-grade mobile VoIP client for the iPhone. The application is fully SIP-compliant, meaning it will work with any SIP-compliant server.

CounterPaths first standalone mobile SIP application, Bria for iPhone, is designed to integrate with both enterprise and operator communications networks, running over equipment from major vendors including  Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, BroadSoft, Metaswitch, Avaya, and Cisco. It will also support Asterisk PBXs.

The user interface includes one-touch voice mail access, call logs and call management, a speakerphone and other features.

CounterPath executives noted that there are now more than 75 million iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners. When you factor in the number of business professionals switching to the iPhone, and add in the iPod Touch user base and the 2 million iPads sold in that devices first two months, this adds up to an enormous opportunity for widespread global adoption of Bria iPhone Edition, said CounterPath CEO Donovan Jones, in a statement.

The company plans to bring out the new version of Bria for other mobile operating systems presumably including Android   before the end of the year. The opportunity is huge: Juniper Research expects the total number of mobile VoIP users to exceed 100 million by 2012, a number dwarfed by InStats prediction of 288 million mobile VoIP subscribers by 2013. Morgan Stanley said mobile VoIP traffic will more than double every year at least through 2014.


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