Sweden-based mobile VoIP app developer, Plingm launched the Arabic version of its app to match the demand for mobile VoIP in the Middle East and Northern Africa.
It was revealed that the use of mobile VoIP is on the rise in this region, remarkably faster that in western countries. Also four of the top 10 free social networking apps in Middle East are VoIP apps while it numbers to only two in western countries. Plingm is trying to leverage this demand and has launched the Arabic version of the app, said officials.
Available statistics point to the fact that since January this year, the number of Plingm app-users has shot up by 5,000 percent. This is in direct corollary to the increased use of mobile VoIP in the Middle East and Northern Africa. A significant growth in number of Twitter (News - Alert) users has also been witnessed in the region.
Besides launching the Arabic version Plingm has localized the app to meet the demand. The app will be available both on Android (News - Alert), iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
“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,” says Pandelis Eliopoulos, Plingm co-founder.
According to available statistics six of the top 10 free social networking apps are VoIP apps in Egypt’s App Store. In Jordan, the number of VoIP apps among the top 10 is five, and in both Saudi Arabia and Tunisia four VoIP apps have been placed among the top 10 in the social networking category.
Whereas in U.S., Finland and Sweden among the top 10 free social networking apps only two are VoIP apps. A major difference seen is that more number of VoIP users in the Middle East use mobile VoIP for making domestic calls when compared to other regions.
In the case of the add-on service Plingm Out, the call is rerouted from the Internet to a traditional network at a low price. This enables a huge saving of up to 90 percent on international calls. Plingm also supports free calls to Facebook (News - Alert) friends and LinkedIn connections, said officials.
In July 2012, the mobile VoIP-app Plingm, previously known as Freephoo, was released in the App Store in Micronesia. Using the app, a large number of smartphone users in Micronesia are able to make low-cost and free calls to any location across the globe.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman