Network operator O2 is now offering Tu Me, an app that allows free VoIP calls and text for iPhones.
The app was created by Telefónica, the parent company of O2. The app rivals Skype and Apple’s mobile instant messaging service iMessage. The app allows iPhone users to enjoy more form free calls and text, which are coursed via Wi-Fi or 3G instead of eating up your monthly minutes and text messages.
If you’re not with O2, this doesn’t mean that you can’t take advantage of the app on your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. The people you’re chatting with or calling do not have to be with O2 either.
Currently, the Tu Me app is only available for iPhones. However, O2 promises that the app will be available for handsets running Android in the near future.
There are many VoIP apps available in the Apple App Store. However, according to O2, Tu Me is “the only app that lets you make calls, send voice messages, instant messages, photos and location from one control within one screen, with no need to switch apps or tabs”.
Will you be using the Tu Me app from O2 in your iPhone, or do you make use of something better? Let us know through a comment.
A young developer from Britain is accusing Apple for copyright theft. This all happened when the iOS’ new feature the Wi-Fi Sync had too many similarities to the young Brit’s app.
The young man’s name is Greg Hughes. He’s a Computer Science student at the University of Birmingham on his final year. He is accusing Apple for stealing an iPhone app he submitted back in May of 2010 that was quickly rejected for security flaws.
It is available on Cydia, a software application for jialbroken iOS devices that allows users to search for software packages, for $9.99 or £6.07, which was downloaded for more than 50,000 times.
The iOS 5 has a similar feature that allows users to synchronize their library on iTunes wirelessly. Hughes even claims that the logo is almost identical to his own.
Hughes spoke to The Telegraph saying, “I’d been selling my app with that name and icon for a year. Apple knew about it as I’d submitted it to them, so it was surprising to see that they had pinched it for iOS 5.” He is now taking legal action. The student added, “I was completely shocked. I’m in the middle of exams so the timing isn’t great. At the end of the day you have to stand up and defend your work.”
Apparently, these sorts of activities are not new. The Cupertino firm is also being accused of stealing system-level integration from the social network Twitter and pull-down notifications from its rival Android.
In an interview with The Register, Hughes said, “They did say that the iPhone engineering team had looked at it and were quite impressed, and asked me to send my CV for after I graduate.”
It’s hard to say if Apple really did steal the lad’s app, or if Hughes is gunning for a settlement or even a job offering straight after college. People once compared Steve Jobs to Hitler on Facebook. It seems that this reputation will continue to stick.