Nawras VoIP-based service offers discounts on international calls. Nawras VoIP-based service offers discounts on international calls.

Omani mobile operator Nawras has launched a VoIP-based international calling service that offers significant savings compared with standard international calls.

To use the service, Nawras customers have to use the VoIP prefix 0902 instead of 00 shen dialling an international number.

After the first minute of a VoIP call at the standard international calling rate, the price drops by 15% for the second minute. From the third minute onwards, the price drops by another 15%, giving a 30% discount off the standard rate.

These special low rates apply irrespective of whether a call is made by a mobile or home voice line and are valid until 30 January 2012.

Omar Al Farsi, international services manager, Nawras, said: “Following the great reception that greeted our initial VoIP service launch to six countries in 2010, we are now […] in a position to expand the popular service with this attractive international call offer. He added that when used on a mobile phone, the service offers the “most attractive international per minute call rate” in Oman’s mobile sector.

The offer is valid for calling more than 220 countries.

Nawras, which is part of Qatar’s Qtel Group, competes with Oman Mobile and MVNOs including Friendi Mobile and Renna Mobile.