Vopium gets capital injection of USD 16.5m

We are excited and proud to announce that Vopium has received an investment of USD 16.5 million from international telecommunications investor Raghuvinder Kataria, securing our economic foundation and allowing us to accelerate our international expansion.

Raghuvinder Kataria is a well-known and respected face in the telecom industry and was one of the early investors in Bharti Airtel, today one of the world’s largest mobile companies.

Having spent the last two years optimizing our product, platform and marketing, we believe the timing is perfect. Both we and the market are now ready for significant growth. We have already seen tremendous growth on iPhone during the last couple of months where we now have 4,000 downloads a day. We have reached 250,000 users across 49 countries, and our customer intake is growing by 30% a month. We now have the means to boost this growth even further across the different supported platforms incl. Android, Nokia, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and PC/web.

The Mobile VoIP market is about to take off and we believe Vopium is optimally positioned with the best mobile VoIP solution available in the market. Now we also have the financial backing to lead the growth in the this space.

Read the press release here

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E-plus blocks Vopium access number in Germany

German mobile operator, E-plus has just confirmed in an email to us that they have blocked our access number in Germany with referrence to “significant network loads” and “disturbances of network quality”. The real reason is obviously that they want to protect their high margins on international calls.

We will take this up with the German regulatory authority first thing Monday. In the meantime, we have a solution for all you E-plus users: Open Vopium on your mobile and run a “live update” from settings. This will update the access numbers. You may find more guidance for your specific handset here

Thanks to all you users who were quick to inform us about the problem. If you are also upset about this, you can contact E-plus customer support here

You are also all more than welcome to help us by spreading the word and sharing this blog post.

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World Cup offer: Call South Africa for Euro 0.03/min

Do you want to share the exciting moment with your friends and family members who are watching the matches live on 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP while you are sitting at home, glued to your TV screens?

With Vopium you can call South Africa during FIFA world cup for only EUR 0.03/min. As always there are no restrictions on the offer. You can call both mobile and landlines as long as you want until 11th July. If you are in South Africa and have access to WiFi you can avoid expensive roaming charges, calling home with Vopium Wi-Fi.

If you are not already a Vopium users you can register here. We give you 15 free min and 15 SMS to anywhere in the world to get started.

Let’s all share the excitement of FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 with Vopium!

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Updated Web Call & IM available

We are pleased to announce that our browser based call & IM service is again available on vopium.com, following recent upgrades. The update includes: Improved voice quality, quicker connection time, text messaging, twitter integration etc.

To make calls from the web, simply log in to your Vopium account from any PC/browser, and choose Call & IM. You can make calls to any phone number in the world, including your existing mobile contacts. You have all your IM/Chat services and Twitter in one, and can call Skype, Gtalk and other Vopium users 100% FREE when they are online. Just make sure to allow Vopium to use your Microphone and Speakers when prompted. Contacts that are present online are high-lighted in your contact book, meaning that you can call them 100% FREE!

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