Rebtel, the world’s leading independent mobile VoIP company that provides users with local phone numbers in their country of residence to enable to them easily communicate with friends and family across the globe. The idea is to rid consumers of the lengthened International phone numbers, PIN and an access number to dial prior making a call. Rebtel was launched back on May 17, 2006 at Innovate Europe and was named Europe’s top 3 startups.
Rebtel today announced the addition of the BlackBerry app to its armory. This would enable all BlackBerry users with the app installed a chance to make free international calls across more than 50 countries. This is a welcome move, embracing BlackBerry users to the Rebtel family that already provides similar features on the Android platform. There is obviously a rising trend of mobile applications seeing a boost in business value as the app economy is predicted to climb to a whopping $4 Billion by 2012.
Also the operating systems market share are evenly distributed with the iOS leading with 28.6%, RIM with 26.1% and the Android OS with 25.8%. As per the stats available [pictures below], if Rebtel can leverage the Android and RIM platforms it will readily have accessibility to over half of the mobile platform distribution and adding more weight to them introducing the app to multiple OS’.
The Rebtel App for BlackBerry offer the following features:
- Free International calls – Users on BlackBerry and Android phones with the app enabled can readily make international calls without any charged.
- No need to have Wi Fi – the app works fine on your existing carrier network. However on the network the calls made utilize your local minutes.
- Seamless integration – Calls are automatically intercepted and routed using Rebtel instead of your carrier.
What sets Rebtel apart from competitors like Skype is that it is not dependent on having users to be hooked to the Internet via WiFi or having to pay for a monthly subscription plan. The company itself has been making progress year on year with a user base of over 9 million callers with over a billion minutes of call time. Its projected revenue for 2011 is expected to cross $75 Million. Rebtel also plans to introduce the iOS app for the iPhone later on in 2011.