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Brand New SmartCall App By Virgin Media – Offering Free Phone Calls

Virgin Media, the UK’s leading communications and entertainment company, has made SmartCall, a no strings-attached free WiFi calling service to its home phone customers allowing them to use the inclusive calls from their Virgin Media home phone talk plan on their smartphones.

Whether you are using your mobile to make a SmartCall from home, a beach in Greece or on your friend’s WiFi, SmartCall can save you money. The new app will give smartphone users the freedom to use their inclusive home phone calls over WiFi, regardless of where they are in the world and which mobile operator they use.

The intuitive app detects whether a SmartCall is possible and if the call is included in the users home phone talk plan. When used abroad the app will detect which time zone you are in and whether it is still free to make a call within your call plan. As it only works over a WiFi connection and not over 3G or 4G, you can only make a SmartCall when it’s free so there are no surprise bills.

Alex Perrin, director of home phone and convergence at Virgin Media said: “SmartCall is the smart way for our home phone customers to save money on their mobile bill. SmartCall will deliver what our customers have told us they want – an easy to use app with no surprise bills and genuinely free calls. With more people adding Virgin Media home phones to their bundles, we want to help customers save money and set their landline minutes free.”

SmartCallers can save money on calls to landlines, mobiles, 0845/70 numbers, directory enquiries, when roaming, or even when they don’t want to use up minutes or credit on their mobile bill. What’s more the app can even come to the rescue when you have no mobile signal, allowing calls to be made over WiFi instead.

o    Smartphone app allows customers to use unlimited calls from their home phone, even when roaming
o    Worry-free WiFi calls with no surprise bills
o    Intuitive app will help save on your mobile bill

SmartCall is available to download now from the iOS App Store for free – click here to download.



The savings SmartCallers could make include:

• Up to £25 a year when calling 0845 and 0870 numbers from a mobile phone
• £3 per call to 118 directory enquiries by accessing Virgin Media directory enquiries from your mobile2
• £24 on roaming costs when in Europe £108 from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and £180 from the rest of the world £1803

• A PAYG smartphone SmartCallers could save up to £75 a year on top ups.

SmartCall is just one of the ways that Virgin Media is helping customers make savings on their total communications and entertainment bill. The latest tariffs include big call allowances and free phone insurance, alongside super fast broadband services, proven to be 30% faster than competitors with the new Superhub router.5

SmartCall will be available to download in the UK on the 29th October for Android phones (version 2.3 and above) and iPhones (version i0S 5 and above).



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