VoIP provider Vonage on Tuesday unveiled apps for the iPhone, the , and BlackBerry devices.
The apps – available now via the iTunes Store and Vonage's mobile Web site – will provide unlimited to 60 countries. The apps are free to download, but an unlimited international calling plan will run $24.99 per month. The company also has separate calling rates to specific countries. Existing Vonage World customers will save $10 when adding Vonage Mobile, for a total price of $14.99 per month.
The iPhone and iPod touch downloads will allow users to make unlimited Vonage Mobile calls in the U.S. over Wi-Fi without using up cell phone minutes. The BlackBerry and cellular network, which will eat up minutes. also run on your existing
calling cards or PIN codes, Vonage said. remain the same. Users can dial directly from an existing address book without
To install, click the "Download App" link on the iPhone, iPod touch, or BlackBerry pages, and Vonage will send you a text message with a link to download Vonage Mobile. Follow the steps to complete the installation.
There are some restrictions with making calls to cell phones in other countries. There are only 15 countries and regions to which users can place calls to mobile devices: the Bahamas, Brunei, China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Malaysia, Saipan, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Singapore, Thailand, United States, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Calls to other countries like Australia, France, Germany, and Japan must be made to landline phones.
The apps also allow you to update your Twitter status and view updates from people in your cell phone contact list.
Vonage announced in September that Apple had approved its App Store application, but had few details to share at the time.
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 530pm Eastern time to clarify pricing for existing Vonage customers.