Photo - Officiating and launching XOX-Voopee (from left) Goh V Shem, Malaysian double team badminton player; Datuk Eddie Chai, Group Managing Director, XOX Berhad; Datuk Lee Chong Wei, world no 1 badminton player; Lim Khim Wah, Malaysian double team badminton player; and Ng Kok Heng, Group CEO, XOX Berhad.
A new mobile service application called XOX-Voopee has launched in Malaysia, which allows smartphone users to have a second mobile number without needing an additional phone or SIM card, according to the XOX Group.
The mobile smartphone app was launched by newly crowned Maybank Malaysian Open Super Series Premier 2014 single and doubles champions, Dato' Lee Chong Wei, Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem.
XOX Group chief executive officer, Ng Kok Heng, said, "In simple terms, it is an app that allows you to call, text on data network without any charges."
"This is possible as the Voopee uses the power of the Internet via mobile data connection or WiFi to provide the services," said Ng. "Unlike other applications, the Voopee also allows its subscribers to call and text non-Voopee numbers. It works exactly like normal mobile services, but at more affordable rates."
"Voopee users can also call and text non-Voopee numbers using a dedicated SIM-free mobile number provided by XOX, and will be charged with local call rates, which vary for countries," he said.
Ng cited a 2012 survey of 2,401 hand phone users by national regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which showed that 56.3 percent used such mobile apps for texting. "When it comes to calls, the survey noted that 42.3 percent of them leveraged on mobile apps to avoid charges."
No roaming charges
"Another advantage of Voopee is when you are overseas, you do not need to worry about your roaming charges on phone calls," he said. "As long as you are connected to the data or internet via WiFi, you can receive calls from callers situated anywhere in the world. The callers will be paying the local rate, while you are not paying anything, at all."
"As a visionary mobile operator, XOX envisions the concept of Voopee for many years and our team worked really hard to bring the product to consumers. And we are proud to announce that Voopee now supports all the major mobile operating system platforms," Ng said.
Jointly developed by a European mobile solution provider and the Malaysian mobile operator, the Voopee service is already in place in a few countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and for Malaysia, it is known as XOX-Voopee, he said.
XOX-Voopee allows the users to maintain their same Malaysian mobile phone number even if they need to switch to an international mobile operator SIM when traveling abroad, said Ng.
Currently the app can be downloaded from Google Play and is also ready for use on iOS platforms.
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