Plingm, a mobile VoIP app, recently announced that since the beginning of this year, the number of Plingm-users has gone up 5,000 percent. A large poor portion of the app’s subscriber base is located in the Middle East and Northern Africa. The company recently introduced a localized version of the app.
Plingm is now available on Android (News - Alert), iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch.
Said Pandelis Eliopoulos, Plingm cofounder: "We are witnessing an influx of new mobile VoIP users in Middle East and Northern Africa. With Plingm in Arabic, we believe that many more will discover the benefits of free communication."
Six of the top 10 free social networking apps in the App Store in Egypt are VoIP apps, while in the App Store in Jordan, five out of the top 10 apps are VoIP apps. Four of the top 10 apps in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia are VoIP apps.
But in the U.S., Finland and Sweden, the figures are different, where only two of the top 10 free social networking apps are VoIP apps. Another glaring difference in use of Plingm in the west and east is that VoIP users in the Middle East were found to use mobile VoIP for domestic calls more than anywhere else.
Plingm incorporates both the new and old ways of mobile calling. Users benefit from free Plingm-to-Plingm calls, which are connected over the Internet (Wi-Fi or 3G).
By introducing the new add-on service – Plingm Out – calls can now be cost-effectively rerouted from the internet to a traditional network, yielding savings of about 90 percent on all international calls.
Plingm provides free calls to Facebook (News - Alert) friends and LinkedIn connections as well.
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Edited by Braden Becker