We all have multiple personas on social and online – work, personal, that sort of thing – so why can’t you do that with your phone? VoIP app provider Vyke thinks that this is what voice calling is crying out for and is launching this week new features of its VoIP app that will allow precisely that.
The new Vyke platform – now available for iOS and Android users – will allow comsumers to create multiple personas for voice calls and SMS. Using Vyke’s mobile VoIP app users can add up to four additional mobile phone numbers to use on their existing handset, coupled with rich free peer-to-peer chat and low cost calling features.
The multiple numbers will allow all mobile users to create and present different personas – for example work and personal – with a different mobile number for each – without having to have multiple devices. Behaviour that is already common on email or social platforms will now be possible on mobile voice too.
“We are delivering the innovation that the mobile voice sector is crying out for and that the mobile operators have so far failed to provide,” explains Mark Egginton, CEO of Vyke. “We know that mobile users have multiple personas, but until now they’ve only been able to have one phone number per device. Using Vyke they can now separate the different parts of their lives with different numbers, giving back both control over who calls them and when, whilst protecting the main mobile number identity.”
The Vyke app is free to download and users get their first number absolutely free. Additional numbers – users can have a total of four Vyke numbers – can then be added for $/£0.99 per month, or less with advance commitment. It’s easy to set up and users can even transfer an existing mobile number onto Vyke – removing the need for an additional handset.
Once downloaded, the Vyke app offers users in-bundle international mobile calls and texts with mobile number ranges from UK, USA, Canada, Poland and Netherlands immediately at launch, with more countries to follow soon.
“We believe that our new VoIP app will revolutionise voice calling in the same way that WhatsApp re-invented messaging. Our belief in this has seen us commit to a 12-month development cycle for the app and so we’re excited to let users start to download it,” says Egginton.