Orcon has released an app for iOS and Android which lets its users take their homes phones with them, whereever they are in the world.
Genius Go acts as an extension to Orcon's Genius service, redirecting calls from the land line unit to the app over the internet. Genius users already use internet phone services (VoiP) if they've opted for the phone line add-on. Users can now redirect phone calls to their landlines, to their mobile phones – using their existing landline packages instead of paying for mobile voice minutes (although data charges will apply).
Calls can also be made from the app itself, via the landline number – circumventing the mobile telco provider.
Much like instant messaging apps such as Kik and Viber, Orcon Go can show who's online and send instant messages. The app tracks mobile data usage, sending users alerts when they've reached a designated limit.
Chief executive Greg McAlister says the app is aimed for a telco market evolving away from traditional voice services.
“With home phone and broadband packages becoming more competitive, consumers are continually looking for new value and new innovation,” says McAlister.
“We created Genius Go with this in mind; so our customers could get the most out of their broadband bundles. We also wanted to set a precedent among other telecommunications providers. The advances in Internet Protocol technology over the past few years mean new and more affordable ways of communicating exist, and we at Orcon are here to make these new technologies available to as many New Zealanders as possible. "