Vox.io is attempting to take on VoIP heavyweight and industry leader Skype. Available as a browser-based VoIP service and a mVoIP app for the iPhone, with an app for the Android in development, Vox.io is poised to become a major player in the game. Vox.io offers some unique qualities to differentiate itself within the market and hopes to become an accessible alternative in the incredibly crowded and competitive VoIP arena. With increased user integration – Vox.io provides easy application of accessing user phone and contact information and seamlessly adding them to a Vox.io account profile. Each user account will appear as Vox.me/(username) and users will have the ability to make landline or mobile calls and even text.
Vox.io is browser-based, which creates the opportunity to send video, images and audio embedded within the conversations, including text conversations. Calls between Vox.io account users are completely free, local and international rates are applied to calls made via a mobile phone or landline. When trying to converse non-users, a Vox.io account holder can still send call links through a text or email. Also, call links can even be sent through Facebook and Twitter. Those receiving an incoming call are then taken to a browser page with the option to accept or reject the call. If a user missed a call an email notification will be sent.
The iPhone app also includes various features including easy syncing of contacts, schedule contact meetings through shared vox.me links, group and single messaging and the ability to manage and view statistical account information – such as call duration and date information.
With so many VoIP services widely available, Vox.io is attempting to break into a market ruled by well-known and widely used companies. Time will tell if the service’s unique approach, focused on simplicity, will impact the industry or if Vox.io will simply fall short at becoming a worthy competitor in the market.