This represents one more step toward making Truphone the open "all-in-one conversations hub for iPhone and iPod touch users." Truphone customers on both Apple devices can now reach their Skype friends via their Skype IDs. This further expands the universe of people with whom Truphone customers can stay in touch.
Truphone-to-Skype communications are free over the Internet, and iPhone users can also place and receive Skype calls and messages when not in a Wi-Fi-accessible location for the cost of a local call, using the Truphone Anywhere feature.
Separately, Truphone also announced today the availability of well-known instant-messaging services using the Truphone application on the iPod touch and the iPhone. They've introduced full two-way instant messaging over MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk on the iPod touch and also announced that availability on the iPhone would begin the week of Jan. 12.
Customers can also make and receive voice calls on Google Talk; calling functionality will be added to MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger in the coming weeks.
Truphone has also integrated Twitter into the TruFriends view so users can see what friends are talking about and post from within the Truphone application.
We will post more information and screenshots as they become available.