The Dutch cable TV and broadband provider Ziggo has begun a two-month trial of a new app which enables wireless smartphones and tablets to make and receive voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) calls via a subscriber’s fixed line number. The new offering, dubbed Ziggo Bapp, utilises the firm’s nationwide network of Wi-Fi hotspots which are available at more than a million locations via customers’ Wi-Fi-enabled home routers. Where a Wi-Fi signal is not available the service runs over 3G/4G wireless networks. The service can also be used abroad, Ziggo says, with users able to make calls to both fixed line and mobile numbers. Ziggo’s Vice President of Consumer Products & Innovation, Pieter Vervoort, commented: ‘With this app, not only can you call using your landline number, but you can also make inexpensive phone calls from abroad, and call using your tablet.’
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