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Comwave Announces ePhone iOS App: Free Assigned Number, Calls to USA/Canada

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Comwave has announced a new version of their ePhone app for iOS customers to allow iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to make free VoIP calls to Canada and the USA, along with receiving telephone calls as the app provides users with free local numbers. After launching an Android version of the app last fall, an iOS version was promised to be released in the future as well. The current version hit the App Store in February was officially announced a few days ago.

“Having a Toronto or New York phone number on your Smartphone is a powerful tool, especially when you travel and want to get around those costly roaming fees.” Said Yuval Barzakay, President.

The ePhone iOS app allows free calls over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connections. The business model involves customers buying minutes to call international destinations via $5, $10 or $30 increments, at rates which the company says is “always guaranteed lower than Skype.” Calls to other ePhone users are free.

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So ePhone works like this: you sign up, receive a free number, then make free calls to the USA/Canada. You will then be able to receive calls via the assigned local number, which can be set in the USA or Canada. If you have family in the USA, creating a dedicated local number for them means they can call you for free.

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We tested ePhone and the setup process did not go smoothly at the start. After receiving our password via text message, it did not work and we had to initiate a password reset to get registration to finally go through. Do note your contacts are uploaded to Comwave’s servers (they are encrypted) so the company can see who you can call. We were able to make and receive calls without any problems. As for call quality, it was decent and we were able to hear our caller on the other line.

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ePhone differentiates itself from Fongo as it can make free calls to the USA. We’d like to see some Retina graphics in the future.

Click here to download the Comwave ePhone app–it’s free. Let us know if you’re going to try this out.

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  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    having issues even after password reset. got the sms message with password, clicked on reset Username&Password in Settings tab and then entered the ePhone Number and got an email with same password but no reset link, i also emailed support to learn and understand about firewall settings (i have one set up on my WI FI/3G gateway) in the meantime however i disabled/switch-off firewall main switch and nothing changed. ePhone app won’t register to allow voicemail access or VOIP calls to USA/canada. marc

  • Sounds like you had a similar experience I did with the setup. Took a while to get it all setup, and by then I was already angry, lol.

  • jabohn

    I always find these apps confusing because they say “free calls” but that’s not always true and usually just mean between only those using the app. I take it from this article that ANY type of call back and forth between any US or Canadian number is free, but beyond that there is a cost (like to Europe for example). Is that correct?

    I’ve never been able to use Fongo because after over a year they’re still limited in available numbers, and NetTalk used to be free but now it asks for money so I deleted it.

  • Yes. Calls to Canada/USA are free. Any other destination costs money.

    You can receive calls because you get a number.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    @iphoneincanada:disqus i am not even angry but very suspicious right now. after installation the battery of my iphone started draining and i doubt the contacts DB upload takes this long to be copied over. Uhmm ! something isn’t quite right at the mo.. take care, marc

  • dennys

    Set up worked seamlessly for me on my iPhone 4S and my on my iPad. I only wish that I could forward calls made to the ephone number like I can with Fongo.

  • jabohn

    Even more confusingly, the Contacts have a tab called “Free Calls” but none of my contacts show up in that list. This would lead me to believe that I can’t make any free calls.

    On a side note: registering via the app is a no-go. It keeps saying “country is required” even though I selected Canada. The support email I got asked me when would be a good time for them to call me to walk me through the process. I ended up finding the registration link on their website instead and was able to log in that way. However, I can’t make a call, and not it says I’m not connected. I will delete the app and wait for further versions.

  • Alex

    I don’t know why, but people can’t hear me when i talk. That app is a shit!

  • Bret

    I have this exact same issue.

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