Dell and Fongo Offer Free VoIP Calling App to help Reduce the Cost of Mobile Phone Bills

Dell Voice - Dell's new app, a free to download mobile VoIP app that can help Canadians reduce their phone bill. (CNW Group/Dell Canada Inc.)

  • Free new Canadian phone number
  • Free unlimited incoming calls1
  • Free local and long-distance calls to most of Canada2
  • Free Voicemail, Caller ID and Call Waiting
  • Available on Android and iOS devices; BlackBerry coming soon

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TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Today Dell Canada and Fongo announced the launch of their new mobile app, Dell Voice - a free to download full feature VoIP phone alternative that may help Canadians save money on their mobile phone bills. Users of Android and iOS devices can now avoid costly long-distance charges and daytime calling restrictions from their wireless carrier by receiving and placing calls to landline and mobile phones using Dell Voice.1

Dell Voice is loaded with free features that Canadians typically pay for as part of their carrier's plan. Features included with Dell Voice are free local and long-distance calls to most of Canada2, free unlimited incoming calls1, free Voicemail, free Caller ID, and free Call Waiting to name a few.

Dell Voice uses Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to receive and place calls with users existing data connection1 (i.e. 3G, 4G or WiFi) on the Fibernetics network. Fongo enjoys privileged access to Fibernetics, a Canadian CLEC that owns and operates its own coast-to-coast network in Canada. By using the Fibernetics network, users can choose a local Canadian phone number for their Dell Voice line, as well as place emergency VoIP 911 calls 3.

"Dell and Fongo want to tilt the competitive playing field by offering smartphone users everything we believe they need in a mobile phone service - for free," says John Stix, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Fongo. "Dell Voice aims to help Canadians reduce the cost or even eliminate the need for a voice plan. I believe Dell Voice is a game changer that has the potential to transform the telecommunications industry, while helping to put money back into the pockets of Canadian consumers and business owners."

Dell Voice can help small business operators save money on their mobile phone bill, which is good news for small business owners like Conor Gordon, a student painting franchisee who racked up a monthly mobile phone bill of more than $1,500 in August, despite having negotiated with his wireless carrier the 'best' package to suit his business needs. "Dell Voice will make a huge difference to a small business like mine that is totally reliant on mobile phones for communication. I'll have all the features I need in a phone, without the huge bills. It's a no-brainer to download the app and use my extra data as long-distance and daytime voice minutes," Gordon said.

David Gair, marketing director for Small & Medium Business, Dell Canada, added, "Dell has been a pioneer in providing clients, whether individual consumers or businesses, with the most advanced, yet cost-effective solutions to meet their communication and computing needs. Dell Voice is part of this commitment and complements our spectrum of technology offerings that help Canadian consumers and businesses to stay connected without breaking the bank."

For more information on Dell Voice visit www.dellvoice.ca
Dell Voice can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and the Android Market.

Dell Voice for BlackBerry is expected to launch March 2012.

1 Dell Voice utilizes users existing WiFi or data connection (3G/4G) to make and receive calls. Data charges may apply.

2 For the complete list of free calling cities visit www.dellvoice.ca/cityListing

3   Limitations on VoIP 911 service can be found at www.dellvoice.ca/911 

About Dell
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.ca.

About Fongo
Fongo is a next generation digital communication platform that can potentially deliver the end of Voice costs for smartphones in Canada. Fongo's application works on any iPhone, Android based phone and soon BlackBerry. Users receive a brand new Canadian telephone number, free long distance calling to most Canadian cities, unlimited airtime, Voice mail, caller ID and many more free features included. The Fongo voice platform is supported with a sophisticated ad media delivery platform and in house intellectual property that ensures a content rich user experience while potentially saving the user hundreds per year on voice cost. Fongo enjoys privileged access to Fibernetics, a Canadian CLEC that owns and operates its own coast-to-coast network in Canada. For more information visit www.fongo.com

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For further information:

Media Contacts:

Dell Canada
Janet Fabri
Dell Canada
416.758.3398
Janet_fabri@dell.com

Gal Wilder/Melissa Lee
Cohn & Wolfe
647-259-3261/647-259-3266
gal.wilder@cohnwolfe.ca melissa.lee@cohnwolfe.ca

Fongo
John Stix
CMO and Co-Founder
519 489 6706 (office)
519 590 3222 (mobile)
jstix@fongo.com