Line2 iPhone VoIP App Hits App Store -- Sort Of

Line2

Line2 is new VoIP app for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows you to make calls on your iPhone over your 3G data connection while avoiding using up your ever important voice minutes. The app itself will cost you $1 but unlike Google Voice or Skype there is a $15 per month fee (after the initial free 30 day trial) but most of you will find that you do get your money's worth with all of the following features.

  • A dedicated number that finds you on any phone. Get a local number, an 800 number, or transfer an existing number.
  • Powerful office phone features including call waiting, call transfer, caller ID, call forwarding, and more.
  • A second number for your cell phone that allows you to place and receive calls on your cell phone from your Toktumi number. Now you can keep your personal cell number private without having to carry two cell phones.
  • Auto Attendant ("Press 1 for…") that's like a 24/7 receptionist - managing and routing incoming calls to the right person or department automatically. -Instant conference calls for up to 20 people -- you can even record your conference calls for future reference (windows only).
  • Voicemail by e-mail that simplifies your communications and helps you easily manage your important messages.
  • Virtual Assistant that screens and announces calls and provides different greetings for business and personal callers.
  • PC-based calling for conducting calls and conferences from your PC anywhere worldwide. You can even dial numbers by name or keyword (windows only).
  • Unlimited calling and conferencing to the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as to other Toktumi users worldwide.
  • Simultaneous call forwarding to up to six numbers
  • Ultra-low rates for international calls, e.g. $.02 per minute for calls to China, Italy, and the U.K. See rates here.

All of the above are great features but not everything is a bed of roses. Two major drawbacks are as follows - until Apple allows for multitasking you must have the app running in order to receive incoming calls and currently you can not receive or send text messages (the latter should be fixed in a future update).

Now before you head into the App Store looking to download Line2 you should be aware it has been pulled by the developer, Toktumi. The blame goes to a DNS attack and not Apple like you may have thought so it will be back once the attack is cleared up.

Once it is up and running and if you decide to give it a try, let us know how it works for you in the comments below!

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I've been using Toktumi since December - I got a 1-800 number from them and I do not have to worry about minutes what so ever, can't beat that for $15/month. I've actually never been able to get the VOIP to work, so truthfully, can't say the VOIP works.

I've been using Toktumi since last year. You CAN receive incoming calls from your Toktumi number on your iPhone ... it just won't be VoIP and will use your minutes.

I was literally seconds away from signing up for this yesterday until I discovered that the app has to be open all the time otherwise calls just go to VM. It doesn't support SMS messages whch is a big deal for my business because I work with models and all those guys do is text.
But once they get those features, I'll sign up in a heartbeat!

Here's an email I got from them:
Dear Toktumi Subscriber,
As some of you may be aware, Toktumi has been the recipient of some very positive publicity this week in the popular press. The New York Times, CNBC, and others have extolled the virtues of Toktumi and in particular of Line2 for the iPhone, the latest version of our application for the wildly successful Apple smartphone. While all publicity is nominally good, the attention that these notices has attracted has not all been to our benefit. Now that we are on the international radar screen, certain entities have been using automated systems to try to create toktumi accounts at the rate of tens of thousands per hour. Obviously our systems were not designed to handle this, and our servers have gotten severely bogged down trying to process all these requests. We have temporarily stopped all new Line2 sign-ups as a result until we can identify and eliminate the source of the automated sign-up system.
Toktumi’s number 1 goal is to provide top-quality service to all of our customers. We are working around the clock to rectify this situation. We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause you.
Thanks,
Peter Sisson
CEO

I don't see why people would use this when you can purchase an app like the Acrobits softphone, and get a Voip provider. Does the same thing for a lot cheaper then $15 a month.

Get google voice with gizmo and acrobits then you can receive and make calls anywhere in the US and Canada for free.
But companies that makes apps like line2 iphone take advantage of lazy people that don't know how to work such setups to charge them $180 a year.