Optus has launched a new app called WiFi Talk that lets customers make and receive calls and text messages over any Wi-Fi connection. The goal is to provide an alternative for when mobile coverage is limited but a Wi-Fi connection may be readily available such as in shopping centres, in the office or at home.
What differentiates WiFi Talk from other phone apps like Skype, WhatsApp and Viber is that customers can use their existing number. Recipients of the calls and texts do not need to have WiFi Talk themselves.
However, while the other apps don't incur charges when used on a Wi-Fi network, WiFi Talk will charge calls and text as normal on a user's Optus mobile bill.
WiFi Talk is a free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play for Optus prepaid and postpaid customers. It is recommended that the app be used on iPhone's with at iOS 6 and above and Android handsets with at least version 4.0 of the OS.