Mobile operator MTN has introduced a new mobile and web app in Uganda called WebPhone.
The WebPhone app offers a cost-effective way of communication for frequent travellers and those living in the diaspora. The app is aimed at business travellers and those doing business outside the country making frequent calls back home, offering the same call rates as local call charges to any network in Uganda.
Users are able to make calls over the internet either from a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone, by signing up for a virtual “WebPhone number”, which then becomes the username that is used to sign in to the mobile or PC application. It offers the user quick access to their phone contacts, as well as the option to make calls using either the WebPhone number or the number of the SIM used in the mobile device.
“We are pleased to introduce a product that offers convenience to our customers outside Uganda while dramatically reducing the cost of communication. This is inline with our commitment to offer our customers more value on all offers,” said general manager for MTN Business Reginald Kafeero.
Though WebPhone relies on internet connectivity, its users are able to make calls to people without smartphones.
“With MTN WebPhone you can use the Internet to make calls to any Ugandan number from anywhere in the world at local rates, allowing you to spend only as much as you would spend while calling from an MTN fixed line in Uganda,” Kafeero said.