Phone Gets VoIP App and Instant Messaging
Want free or super cheap phone calls? There's an app for that (and no, we're not talking about Skype). A Unified Communications provider called goober Networks just rolled out a couple of new--and free--mobile applications for iPhone and iPod Touch users, boasting chat capabilities and VoIP calls for significantly less than a carrier would charge.

A Recipe for Cheap Calls

With a WiFi or 3G network, goober users can chit-chat for as low as US$ 0.01 per minute, both nationally and globally.

Begin by prepaying flat-rate fees for calls directly through the iPhone (starting at US$ 6.00). Dial. Enjoy the first two minutes of any call for free. Avoid charges from your mobile carrier. Rejoice.  

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It's a Mobile, Mobile World

goober also offers an instant messaging application for text chatting through the iPhone, as well as access to the goober Webfolder, a virtual hard drive for managing, downloading and editing data externally.

"goober Networks was designed from the beginning to unify all communications, from instant messaging, voice and video chat/conferencing to VoIP calling and social networking, across all IP communication devices including PCs, softphones, mobile phones, and soon via the television," said goober Networks' CEO Peter Uhlich. "Goober VoIP and goober for the iPhone bring us one step closer to meeting our goal as the most advanced and unifying communications solution on the market today, allowing businesses, enterprises and consumers to publish, connect and share content and communication from a single point, anytime, anywhere."

Will it challenge Skype? Perhaps one day, but definitely not until goober users are allowed to place free calls to other goober users, like Skype allows. But for now, it's certainly worth a look-see.