Sunday, December 13, 2009

Virtual Phone Numbers (1 Phone with 10 Numbers) in India by Airtel

Airtel, in association with Comviva, is planning to launch Virtual Phone Numbers in India. This technology enables subscribers to use upto 10 different numbers on a single phone. The software will be embedded in the SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card itself. This is expected to be launched in another 2 months.

Comviva has already tied up with MTN of South Africa and launched the multiple SIM in Cameroon and has acquired 30,000 new users as a result.

The technology requires the user to dial a given number from the specific mobile phone and activate the SIM though a password. Once that is done, the user can receive and make calls and even recharge the account through a pre-paid coupon.

The technology dramatically reduces the cost of ownership for a mobile connection and would also be useful as community phones in villages. The cheapest branded mobile costs at least Rs 1,000