AT&T Call International App More Expensive Than Skype and Other VOIP Options
AT&Ts is marketing their Call International app as a cheap way for subscribers to make calls internationally. In reality, it's a Voice Over IP app with an added layer of complex obsolescence.
The Call International app isnít a cheap way to make cell phone calls internationally over a cellular networks. Rather itís an expensive way to make VOIP phone calls anywhere. Skype or any other VOIP application give users more functionality at cheaper prices. The service isnít tied to an AT&T account either. Since the userís credit card is billed and VOIP calls are sent over WiFi networks there is no reason Verizon, Sprint, and iPhone owners on other networks can't use the application.
Honestly, the only reason to use this app is if you donít know what Skype is and your current long distance plan is insanely over priced, which it probably is. T-Mobile offers a similar service that allows phone owners to make and receive calls over WiFi anywhere a signal isnít available. T-Mobileís solution is integrated seamlessly into the phone and is free.
AT&Tís app has a long way to go in terms of features, ease of use, and upside compared to competing apps. Call International brings nothing new to the table and is likely aimed at those inexperienced in the ways of VOIP who travel internationally. Which hopefully is a smaller market than I imagine.
Iím looking at you aging transcontinental workforce.