Cash raised for Voice 2.0 plans

Truphone, the mobile VoIP company, has gathered up £16.5m in an investment round.

Truphone, the mobile VoIP company, has gathered up £16.5m in an investment round.

Last week the company also bought SIM4travel, a global pay-as-you-go mobile network. Truphone says its new cash fund will help it provide "a single, global SIM card that offers not only low call charges both domestically and abroad, but also internet calls at free and ultra-low prices".

Truphone's approach is based on software that routes VoIP calls onto Wi-Fi where it's available, and onto partners' mobile networks where it's not.

James Tagg, Truphone's CEO, claims that "as a 'Voice 2.0' company we can start to develop and introduce new internet-based features and applications that give customers a richer mobile experience".

Mobile VoIP does seem at first to be a daft idea, but it'll be interesting to see what the Tagg-team comes up with in terms of those new features and applications. Dean Bubley has an interesting take on the whole affair at his blog.

I wish Truphone luck, but I also hope to never see or hear the term "Voice 2.0" again. I mean, really...