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Symbian Software that I’ve been playing with lately.

July 8, 2007 by · 6 Comments 

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I’ve been playing with the new Truphone client since it came out, and I must say that I’m very impressed.
The difference in performance and feature set is huge. First of all, if you don’t know what Truphone is, it is a VoIP client for your WiFi enabled Symbian phone. It essentially allows you to make calls ala Skype, but via your phone. I would say that it is currently the leader in this space, followed by the Gizmo VoIP. However, the new version of Truphone can do so much more. It allows you to roam out of your wifi zone via your 3G data network (you would really need an unlimited data plan for this not to kill you cost wise), and best of all, it allows you to send SMS.

The SMS functionality is what really did it for me, since I tend to text quite a bit to the USA. It costs me about 7 pence to text my American friends, which is cheaper than a local text here (roughly 10p). The execution of the SMS is pretty cool too, you can tell the Truphone client to, by default use the Truphone SMS, or you can tell it to ask you which service to use. The only confusing things for my friends is that now they have to store my Truphone number, whereas before they didn’t bother.

I have also been playing with Best Profiles  which has been an incredibly simple, but useful application. Essentially all it does, as the name implies, is change the ring profile of your phone. However, the cool thing is that you can do it via a schedule (9-5 on silent, for example) or you can allow it to have access to your phone’s calendar and whenever it sees a keyword, like movie – or meeting -, it will automatically go to the profile you desire. For those of you that chronically have phone rings at the wrong time, this is something for you to consider.

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