DeFi Mobile has announced the launch of DeFi Global Access, a subscription-based service enabling its members to make and receive unlimited phone calls worldwide via wi-fi access to DeFi Mobiles carrier-grade, global IP network, for a flat monthly fee of 23. The service also includes unlimited worldwide Internet and data access for mobile device web browsing and e-mail.
As part of the service, DeFi Global Access members mobile devices automatically connect to millions of private, free and commercially available access points around the world, including those provided by T-Mobile, ATT Wireless, Orange, VEX, FON, free-hotspot.com and many more. This is the result of over 50 global partnerships involving more than 75 countries and including over 15,000 hotels, more than 120 international airports, and tens of thousands of coffee shops, restaurants and marinas around the world.
The service includes voicemail-to-email, caller-ID, call-forwarding, call-hold and call-transfer facilities. DeFi members can tailor these services to their needs via their own web portal, which includes account management, call logs, online support and self-help tools.
To use the service, users choose the country from which their DeFi contact phone number originates, a number that will remain theirs as long as they are DeFi Global Access member. For an additional 5 monthly fee, DeFi members can have up to three phone numbers in three different countries all ringing to the same phone. This allows customers, friends and family to place low-cost, local calls directly to DeFi Members. This service is called DeFi Global Access+ and is available as part of the sign-up process. Members can continue to use their same mobile provider phone numbers, because DeFi members use dual-mode Smartphones that are both wi-fi and GSM-capable.
DeFi says the service is superior to standard mobile VoIP solutions in several significant ways. By routing calls over its managed network, it says, DeFi delivers superior call quality, eliminating the jitter and dropped calls synonymous with other VoIP operators. DeFi members can also automatically connect to commercial wi-fi access points worldwide.
DeFi liberates business and international travellers who are commonly financially gouged when crossing political and geographic borders, says DeFi Mobile CEO, Jeff Rice. Relying on DeFi, our members and their businesses can save thousands in voice and data roaming fees, while enjoying better voice quality and support service than other networks provide.
The service is currently compatible with most Nokia N and E series phones. DeFi Mobile says it is currently developing DeFi Global Access support for other Smartphone operating systems, including RIM (Blackberry), Windows Mobile, iPhone, UIQ and others.
You can join DeFi Global Access here. For a limited time, the company is offering the first months membership free to new members who sign up.