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vonage-iosVoIP startup Vonage has launched new applications for iOS and Android phones that feature free app-to-app calling and international calling rates that run 30 percent less than rival Skype, the company announced today.

Vonage has made itself known as the company you subscribe to for cheap unlimited calling for your home phone, but it makes good sense for the company to branch out with strong mobile apps as well. The company offered a few apps before, but the new offerings are more fully featured and easier on the eyes.

The new apps for iOS and Android let you call and text other Vonage Mobile users or call Vonage VoIP home and business users for free. When you want to call non-Vonage customers in the U.S. and overseas, the company says you’ll pay 30 percent less than you would with Skype.

Calls are charged through pre-paid credits you buy inside the applications, and you don’t have to be a Vonage customer to use the apps. You can use your iTunes or Android Market account to add $4.99 or $9.99 credit packs, you won’t have to give the company your credit card info.

To get people interested in downloading and testing the app, the company is offering free calls to any phone in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico for a limited time. So if you’ve been meaning to give your friend in Ontario a call for free, this is your chance.

If you’re already using Skype for international calling on your iPhone or Android device, would you be willing to give Vonage a spin?

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