Truphone, E-Series’ best friend

I have two E-Series Nokia phones: the E61 and E70. I love them both, but I miss Gizmo on these devices. It would be nice to have incoming calling with my Gizmo numbers on either of these two phones that accompany me everywhere.

Thank god for Truphone, which has actually made mobile VoIP on ESeries (and Nokia N80ie) work. (I was supremely skeptical of their abilities, and they proved me totally wrong.)

Truphone is a UK-based startup that has come up with a great mobile VoIP app that currently works on four devices – E60, E61, E70 and N80ie – and will soon work on four more Nokia models including N90, N92 and N93 phones.

The service was hard to set up the first time around I tried to make it work, but in past two weeks I tried installing it on two different devices, and everything went flawlessly.

Sign-up, pick your phone model, check for the latest OS version, enter your phone number and an SMS shows up on your phone. (Cingular tends to block SMS messages from certain providers, so you are better off downloading it to your computer and then sending it via Bluetooth or IR to your Nokia E-Series phones.)

Click and install the software. Truphone wizard guides you through the installation process that is fairly simple. All you really have to do is select the Home (or Work) WiFi network, and if it is WEP/WPA protected, enter your security settings.

Once you are logged in, you will see a tiny phone icon on the top right corner of your phone’s home screen, indicating that you can send and receive Internet (Truphone) calls. The wizard can also help you set up your Internet voicemail box.

Making phone calls is pretty simple: click on the phone number you wish to dial, and you get to choose from a cellular or an Internet phone call connection.

Truphone’s biggest problem is that it forces you to use a strange phone number, which doesn’t sync up with your local dialing code. It also forces you to buy minutes in $5 increments, which is actually quite boneheaded. On the upside, UK users can use The Cloud network to make Internet calls. Maybe Boingo should cut a deal with them in the US?

Photo by Truphone via Flickr