Ever since downloading Skype years ago and using it almost daily to talk to my family free when I lived overseas, I’ve suspected a change was coming in the way phone companies offer and price services. AT&T changing their policy on allowing VoIP calls to be made over their 3G network was one of those changes.
Vopium is one of a few apps that allow you to use 3G and Wi-Fi networks to your financial benefit when it comes to making international calls. The app itself is a free download, and you can give it a shot before committing to the subscription cost with 15 free minutes and 15 free SMS anywhere.
I know Vopium has had quite a few updates since launching this app. For my part, it actually worked really well. I sent my mom a text, then had a nice chat with my husband, who is currently in Mexico. The call dropped once, although to be fair, that happens to us quite a lot no matter what phone service we’re using. Quality was fine – I had no problems hearing him, and vice versa.
When you open Vopium, you have access to your list of contacts from your phone book, a history section of who you’ve called through the app, an option to login to IM, and the keypad. The keypad looks exactly like the regular iPhone keypad, but with your current balance showing, and an SMS option. Under “More,” you can add friends and groups to organize your contacts, adjust your settings to what type of mobile network you prefer Vopium use, and add or transfer money in your account.
The app is easy to navigate, and like I said – it worked great for me. However, like calls made over any type of network, experiences may vary. Because both the app and trial period are free, I highly recommend frequent international callers give Vopium a shot and potentially save a good deal of money on calls.
Vopium requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.