China Mobile has unfolded its suits of applications to combat the OTT players like Skype, Line, Whatspp and WeChat. Its mobile app called “Jego” is now available for iOS and Android devices. It offers free VoIP, SMS, push-to-talk voice messages, photo sharing, video calling, and other services.
Dereck Li, business development manager of China Mobile’s international unit, said the new service targets international users and aims to compete with Microsoft-owned Skype in the IDD and video calling markets.
For instance, Skype pay-as-you-go calls to China cost around $0.026 per minute (including taxes) not to mention a $0.049 connection fee. Jego, on the other hand, will cost $0.022 per minute.
Jego also offers unlimited calling to China at $15.99 per month or Hong Kong at $11.79 per month, respectively. Unlimited worldwide calling will cost an extra $9/month if you’re paying for the China Plan or $13.20/month for the Hong Kong Plan. Skype by comparison charges $16.09/month for unlimited international calls.
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