Make or take landline calls on your smartphone wherever you are. CleverCall selects the cheapest call method. No more roaming charges.
Make or take landline calls on your smartphone wherever you are. CleverCall selects the cheapest call method. No more roaming charges. Read more
About this project
CleverCall integrates your mobile and landline phones. With CleverCall you can make or take landline calls from your smartphone wherever you are. It selects the cheapest call option and eliminates Roaming charges*.
Our aim is to help consumers obtain the best value from their mobile, landline or Internet phone.
Have you ever wondered if it is cheaper to place a phone call on your mobile or land line ? Our least cost routing algorithms will be able to select the cheapest route for your voice call.
What can CleverCall do now?
- Answer or make calls via your landline on your smartphone wherever you are
- When you are abroad (and connected to Wi-Fi) you can make and receive calls on your smartphone for the same cost as using your fixed line at home, therefore, No More Roaming Charges*
- Use your smartphone's existing contact to make calls via your landline
- Have your landline's Caller ID displayed on your smartphone
- Receive missed landline call notifications on your smartphone when you are out and about
- View call history for your landline
We are working on
- Least Cost Routing which will automatically select the least cost option when placing a call
- A version of the hardware for the US market
- An Android version of the CleverCall app
Why use CleverCall?
You will never need a cordless phone again! No more "where's the cordless phone?" - its your smartphone.
Have you ever wanted to make a call from your landline but the number is on your smartphone so you use your smartphone even though you know the landline would be cheaper? CleverCall uses your contacts on your smartphone. No need to re-key in the number just select the name (and number) and CleverCall will place the call on the cheapest route.
It can be an issue when some of your family or friends run out of credit. However, if they have access to free WiFi they can place a call through the landline. Nice safety feature for the children.
We currently have an iPhone app with which we are doing an Alpha test. We are just starting development of an Android app.
Our plan is very simple
- build an early Beta version, August, for the UK & Ireland, iPhone only
- build an early Beta version, October, for the US, iPhone only
- build a Beta version, November, for the UK & Ireland, iPhone and Android
- build a Beta version, December, for the US, iPhone and Android
- build a Final Pre-Production Release, February 2014, iPhone and Android
- build a Final Pre-Production Release, February 2014, iPhone and Android
The current Alpha device will have to be re-worked for the US as telephony standards are different from the ones used in the UK and Ireland. It will also have to be certified by the FCC. An earlier version of our device was certified for use in Europe. This certification will take time but we don't foresee any major rework.
We have selected a hardware partner in Ireland to assemble the electronics. We have been working with them for over a year now and their work is always of the highest quality. A local company in Dublin designed the actual casing.
Our manufacturing partners are ready and we don’t foresee any problems with fulfillment.
Concept to Prototype
The basic concept came to Ronan one night when his house phone rang and he could not find the cordless handset however his mobile phone was in his pocket; why not answer the landline from your mobile? What would you need to build? On an electronics "bread-board" he created the basic circuitry.
It was a very very rough prototype. He needed help – someone who really knew electronics – enter Jamie. Through the winter of ‘11/’12 Jamie worked on the electronics and Ronan worked on the handset software. Jamie created several prototypes on “bread-boards”. Eventually he moved on to printed circuit board (PCB) versions that he populated by hand using a microscope. By the summer of 2012 they had a stable electronics prototype that they could use to discuss having it produced by a professional electronics assembly firm in Dublin. Several more improvements quickly followed which made the electronics easier to assemble
Pascal then joined to put together the backend system where the roaming and least cost routing engine are; the invisible heart of the system.
Simon joined us to create the iPhone app. The original “handset” software ran on an OS X machine. This had to be rewritten from scratch to run on iOS.
During the winter of ‘12/’13 we worked with a manufacturer in Dublin to built some field trial boards(alpha test). This was a really informative exercise. It allowed us to work with outside suppliers and potential customers.
We are now in a position to push on to the Beta and Product stages. Our hardware needs more refinement as do our three sets of software; servers, micro-processor and handset.
Risks and challenges
The Least Cost Routing component of the system is very complex. We have spent a lot of time analysing phone packages. We believe that we can determine the least cost route to a high degree of accuracy.
* Only when you are connected to a WiFi source will CleverCall be able to eliminate charges. If you are not connected to WiFi, CleverCall will still make the call by the cheapest means, this may include roaming charges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The current alpha system has been tested in Ireland, the UK and France. We understand what we need to change the electronics for it to work in the US so one of the pledges is to fund building a US version.
The CleverCall device works by being able to “understand” voltage changes on your telephone line. Most of the world use very similar voltage changes. Hence, the UK and Ireland version of the CleverCall device works in France and we think most of continental Europe.
A second issue is certification. We have already certified the alpha device for use in the European Union and we don’t foresee any issues with certifying the next version. The US has a different certification authority. As before we don’t expect any issues with getting the devices certified for use in the US. We have not looked into certification for other countries yet.
So if the telephone signaling system is similar to that used in the UK and the US the system will technically work though it will need to be certified by the local certification authority (if one exists). [We will investigate what countries have similar signaling systems … more later].
If we have a lot of interest from people in India, Australia, etc. we will look into the required certification process and electronic changes that may be needed.
So for now people in Continental Europe(*), the UK and Ireland should pledge for the “UK and Ireland” version.
People in the US should pledge for the “US” version.
If you are outside these regions please let us know if you are interested. If we have enough interest we will create a version (electronics and certification) for your region.
* It is important to point out to people in Continental Europe that we are not working on the Least Cost Routing(LCR) component for Continental Europe.
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