yuilop - Free UK mobile number in the cloud
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yuilop - Free UK mobile number in the cloud

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Found 17th Sep 2013
yuilop today launches its yuilop.me mobile phone number option in the U.K., making it even easier for its users to send and received free calls and SMS. In addition to the traditional benefits of using yuilop for free calling, texting and group chat, users who register for a yuilop number gain more credits on inbound calls and SMS, can avoid roaming charges while travelling, and can use one number across multiple devices.
By offering ‘07’ mobile numbers, yuilop becomes the U.K.’s first cloud-based global communication service and expands on its mission to make talking free again.
With your yuilop.me number you have:
One phone number across multiple devices.
Extra credit for incoming calls (+1) and SMS (+2)
Even more savings on your phone bill and while travelling
Please note, if you already have yuilop it may take 24-48 hours for the mobile app to recognize that mobile numbers are available. To get the number option immediately please simply reinstall the app.
yuilop phone numbers are also available in the US, Spain and Germany. More countries coming soon!

26 Comments

It works!

I'm confused, if it is free, why do you need to have 'credits'?

lljwagg

I'm confused, if it is free, why do you need to have 'credits'?



I think it's free, but you need to earn the credits, by receiving call/text to the free UK number.
So it's not free and unlimited.

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lljwagg

I'm confused, if it is free, why do you need to have 'credits'?



It's free between yuilop users, but need credits to call or send sms to others.

Im sure theres something good about this but Im still confused on free vs credit
will it need roam data connection when abroad? if so then that could be more expensive than roam call/sms

But then if you get unlimited free texts as part of your normal mobile plan, can't you just use these to top up your credits on Yuilop? You get 2.5 credits per text and to ring a uk landline is only 1 credit per minute. So if you are running low on minutes on your normal mobile contract, send two free texts and get 5 free minutes.

I'm pretty sure these sort of services are not classed as normal mobile numbers... they are normally known as 'personal number services' or virtual numbers and callers will be charged accordingly.

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deanwall

I'm pretty sure these sort of services are not classed as normal mobile … I'm pretty sure these sort of services are not classed as normal mobile numbers... they are normally known as 'personal number services' or virtual numbers and callers will be charged accordingly.



Not sure if they are 'personal number services'. However, by searching my number network online, it shows the number belongs to the Stour Marine Limited network.

Stour Marine is a UK based mobile phone operator. We provide our retail … Stour Marine is a UK based mobile phone operator. We provide our retail customer service via www.greenfone.com.We also operate a wholesale voice & SMS service using our direct and in-direct connections to global operators.Stour Marine also provides WiFi hotspots within the UK across the Canal network. These Wi-Fi hotspots are used by our retail customers. This Wi-Fi network forms part of the Stour Marine access network.



Edited by: "fredliu" 17th Sep 2013

Why can't we just get Google Voice in the UK?

NOT FREE , needs credits

I just tried sending myself some txts but even though it says I earned 2 credits in a pop up when I receive the text my total credits haven't increased after four attempts. The same goes for their offers where I installed two apps for "energy" but received nothing.
Unless it takes a while to register on your account?

Could this be too good to be true?

Credit based system
http://yuilop.com/rates/

Given initial credit on sign up, but about 3 mins worth by the look of things
But as it is less that clear how it works, until you sign up , they don't exactly gain themselves credit
I assume you are assigned a new No. not transfer your existing one (no way that is happening)

Somehow I see better value elsewhere.

Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuilop
Calls and SMS to landline telephones and mobile phones use virtual credits that are earned for free through participating in promotional activities and using the app.
Yuilop does not require credit for national calls and SMS in the U.S.
Yuilop has additional features, including instant messaging, group chat, and location, and photo sharing.
Competitors include Skype, Viber and Google Voice.

smr1

I just tried sending myself some txts but even though it says I earned 2 … I just tried sending myself some txts but even though it says I earned 2 credits in a pop up when I receive the text my total credits haven't increased after four attempts. The same goes for their offers where I installed two apps for "energy" but received nothing.Unless it takes a while to register on your account?



just delayed... where the messages Free to send?

yuilop can only ensure the free service through revenues from the dissemination of advertising material. Use of the yuilop service therefore presupposes that you consent to receipt of advertising information. The scope of the free use of the yuilop service is determined on the one hand by the scope of the advertising addressed to you and, on the other hand, by the conduct of the individual user and of all users of the yuilop service (“yuilop Community”). In this respect, you consent exclusively to the sending of advertising information through the App as this is an essential condition for yuilop to provide you with the Service; there is no obligation on your side to purchase or to conclude transactions with advertising partners of yuilop.

2.2 The yuilop service provides you with advertising information in the form of banners in the App (“pull advertising”) as well as via text or multi-media messages and/or e-mail (“push advertising”). Push-advertising measures presuppose that you have issued corresponding consent by checking the opt-in in the correspondent section within the App. There, you can determine the scope of the advertising information sent as well as the form of technical transmission (e.g. text or multi-media message or e-mail).

I've checked and the based upon the phone number given to me by the app the following applies:

The phone numbers are classed as a mobile number and the rate for calling one from a BT landline would be 11.576ppm mon-fri 0700-1900, 6.47ppm (before 0700 and after 1900) and 3.406ppm all day at weekends.

This is based upon the fact my phone number started 075371.


deanwall

I'm pretty sure these sort of services are not classed as normal mobile … I'm pretty sure these sort of services are not classed as normal mobile numbers... they are normally known as 'personal number services' or virtual numbers and callers will be charged accordingly.

Stour Marine is a UK based mobile phone operator. We provide our retail … Stour Marine is a UK based mobile phone operator. We provide our retail customer service via http://www.greenfone.com.We also operate a wholesale voice & SMS service using our direct and in-direct connections to global operators.Stour Marine also provides WiFi hotspots within the UK across the Canal network. These Wi-Fi hotspots are used by our retail customers. This Wi-Fi network forms part of the Stour Marine access network.

I phone my children on there mobiles every week in Australia and it cost me nothing...... It's great

Beware calls to my yuilop number are not included

rickychotai

Beware calls to my yuilop number are not included



Are not included in what exactly? How about texts?

I have checked as well. The calls and texts are chargeable and do not come off from the inclusive allowances on T-Mobile. Hope this helps someone.

Can someone from Ovivo confirm this as well?
Edited by: "nikunj87" 19th Sep 2013

Ok going to try it. May be useful while travelling next month. Will update on it

prowla1

yuilop can only ensure the free service through revenues from the … yuilop can only ensure the free service through revenues from the dissemination of advertising material. Use of the yuilop service therefore presupposes that you consent to receipt of advertising information. The scope of the free use of the yuilop service is determined on the one hand by the scope of the advertising addressed to you and, on the other hand, by the conduct of the individual user and of all users of the yuilop service (“yuilop Community”). In this respect, you consent exclusively to the sending of advertising information through the App as this is an essential condition for yuilop to provide you with the Service; there is no obligation on your side to purchase or to conclude transactions with advertising partners of yuilop.2.2 The yuilop service provides you with advertising information in the form of banners in the App (“pull advertising”) as well as via text or multi-media messages and/or e-mail (“push advertising”). Push-advertising measures presuppose that you have issued corresponding consent by checking the opt-in in the correspondent section within the App. There, you can determine the scope of the advertising information sent as well as the form of technical transmission (e.g. text or multi-media message or e-mail).



Naive people will jump at this "Offer", because it says free, Whats the true cost considering this is data mining

A good way to lose friends given that your mates are going to get royally p---ed off with you if they are on a network like T mobile that charges the calls to you outside their allowance.

faz1964

Why can't we just get Google Voice in the UK?


we are not worthy

K0YS

we are not worthy



it's rather more complex than that. Ofcom require that phone services rent blocks of numbers from them, and so there are costs in providing numbers; although there are fees for terminating calls these are not particularly good for geographic numbers (hence the creation of 0870, 09 etc, to get paid for receiving calls).
making calls is almost never free except to freephone numbers if you're a phone provider who interconnects with the right places.

google voice depends on a completely tariffs in the USA, and the market there is big enough to make it worth their while, whereas here in Europe there are many different national telcos to deal with and many are monopolies. Plus there's already a lot of competition in VOIP services in the UK.

so I can't see us getting google voice unless europe manages to unify telecomms tariffs and one large carrier emerges which spans europe and can thus cut costs of roaming for mobiles and make fixed line calls almost free inter-country.

I just downloaded the app on my android tablet it's asking me for my mobile number. I don't have a UK mobile number. How do I sign up?
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